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UP: Empowered Women. Empowering Women.

2019-11 November

In August 2018, two visionary and courageous women, Andrea Scott and Amy Meredith inaugurated a safe place for vulnerable women who are homeless. They call their refuge, UP for Women and Children, and are located in the Diocesan House adjacent to the Episcopal Cathedral on south Second Street. Their mission is to provide homeless women and children a healthy, safe environment where they will find resources and encouragement for achieving self-sufficiency.


Direct services include:

  • daytime safe space, open 9am – 1pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday;

  • access to laundry;

  • access to hot showers and restroom facilities;

  • telephone and email services;

  • hot coffee, cold water and snacks;

  • assistance in acquiring IDs;

  • case management; and

  • job and housing referrals.


At any given moment in those four-hour days, the rooms of their facility are totally filled with eager clients. UP has secured willing and knowledgeable partners who help women and children connect to the resources they need to achieve self-sufficiency.


Partners include:

  • Family Health Centers who provide a nurse practitioner and mental health therapist;

  • Legal Aid who provides attorneys;

  • VOA who offer safe sex education and confidential HIV testing;

  • Aetna, Anthem, KIPDA and Passport who provide onsite insurance help, as well as Access Wireless which provides free phones.


UP helps women gain independence so that they can leave an abusive partner or the trap of sex trafficking. They offer a safe, welcoming, warm place where a woman who has been living in her car can go to feel human again. They have created a haven where women can bring their young children without fear for their safety.


As a member of the Coalition for the Homeless, UP provides a centralized, low-barrier, and welcoming location where the Coalition’s partners can more efficiently provide services. In many ways, their shelter is a hub for the city’s health advocates to serve homeless women, who previously could not be found in a centralized location.


In the new year, CASA will sponsor an in-service detailing more information about this phenomenal resource.

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982 Eastern Parkway Box 9

Louisville, KY 40217


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P.O. Box 225

La Grange, KY 40031

Ext. 213

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P.O. Box 1276

Shelbyville, KY 40066

Ext. 214




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