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Lotus Awarded $360K Grant for Property Purchase
By Tim Brockwell
PADUCAH - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear was in Paducah Monday morning with local leaders and other members of the community to present a $360,000 Community Development Block Grant check to McCracken County for Lotus, an advocacy and support center for survivors of assault and abuse.

The grant will be used to purchase 2.2 acres of land adjacent to the existing facility at 1605 N. Friendship Road for the creation of an outdoor preserve. The project will include green spaces designed to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of survivors and families to provide enhanced tranquility and therapeutic experiences.

Beshear applauded the grant, saying it will help Lotus continue providing care and assistance to the community that is so vital.

"This work is so important because every time one of these crimes happens, especially to a child, it is a failure of society," Beshear said. "We have to take responsibility, and getting that child or that adult back to a place of wholeness, of healing, is absolutely critical."

McCracken County Judge/Executive Craig Clymer said that while nobody likes having to think about abuse, it's absolutely necessary for facilities like Lotus to be there when victims need help.

"It's uncomfortable to even think about. We don't like to talk about it, but we have to talk about it. We have to be aware and vigilant about this problem. We have an obligation, and there's no higher duty that government has than to do all that we can do for the victims of assault and sexual assault. A close second is locking away the perpetrators for a very very long time." Clymer said.

Lotus Executive Director Lori Wells Brown thanked the governor for attending, and said it's been the engagement of community members that has helped it grow over the years into a safe place where victims of violence can come and get the assistance they so desperately need.   

"We are having more success than ever before in every component of our Lotus mission. None of that would be possible without not only your support, but your engagement. That's what we've been most excited about over the last several years. Our mission is something that every community member benefits from." She said.

The CDBG program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.

Published 12:56 PM, Monday Jan. 13, 2020
Updated 12:01 AM, Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020

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