UPDATE: West Louisville non-profit quietly closes, may re-open in November
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- West Louisville Community Ministries has been serving the needy since 1986, but it recently had to shut down and probably won’t reopen until November.
"If we don't have reserves, we don't have any money to give clients or do pay roll,” explained Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Ellis, president of WLCM.
Rev. Ellis says the nonprofit -- which helps west Louisville families pay their utilities, rent and water bills -- ran out of money in between grants. It’s the first time in its history the organization has had to close.
“Yes, oh yes. It was very excruciating for myself and the board and certainly the clients,” said Rev. Ellis.
Those clients are now left without the services they're used to.
But Reverend Ellis says he hopes to re-open by early November.
"Hold on. We're coming back strong and we will take care of you like we've always done,” Ellis said.
He says it will take getting organized and doing more community outreach to make sure they never have to close again.
“We're going to have to have more community support. It's going to have to be stronger. We're going to have to be better able to go out and seek those kinds of support,” he told WDRB.
The ministries works out of the Catholic Enrichment Center building on West Broadway but the Catholic Enrichment Center is a separate agency run by the Archdiocese of Louisville and is still open.
"They are restructuring so their offices are not in operation at this time but our doors and our office is open six days a week,” said Kay Frazier, associate director of The Office of Multicultural Ministry.
Reverend Ellis says he knows there are a lot of families who rely on the ministries' help. That's why they're doing everything they can to re-open, especially before the weather gets too cold.
"We're coming on the season of the winter and that's when people need help with their utilities. Sometimes this hallway is filled up. We just have people everywhere,” said Ellis.
If you normally rely on services from the ministries, you're asked to call your council person so see what other resources might be available to you.
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