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DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM
BARREN RIVER AREA SAFE SPACE, INC.


The Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. is a regional domestic violence 26-bed shelter and program, founded in 1980 by a group of seven Warren County Citizens, to serve the community’s need to provide emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic  violence and their children.  The Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. is accredited by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, and was one of the first six Kentucky domestic violence shelters to form the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.  The agency provides services to residents of the ten county Barren River Area Development District, and serves a large rural population.  Counties of service include Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren.  BRASS, Inc. also accepts referrals from across the state and nation. 

Program services include:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Crisis intervention
  • Two 24-hour crisis lines
  • Comprehensive children’s services
  • Case management
  • Individual and group support counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Homeless and housing advocacy
  • Immigration and language advocacy
  • Legal advocacy
  • Agency advocacy
  • Medical advocacy
  • Referrals
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • USDA approved food pantry
  • Federal feeding program
  • Permanent Housing
  • Financial literacy/economic justice program
  • Rural Individual Development Account
  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Homeownership program
  • Community awareness program
  • Public education programs
  • Professional trainings

Advocates travel an average of 50,000 miles each year to make services accessible to rural victims of domestic violence who are often isolated from resources. 

Child Advocates provide comprehensive services to both residential and non-residential children who have experienced violence in their homes. 

The agency is involved in several anti-poverty initiatives:

Utilization of Americorps/Vista  Volunteers

Providing free federal & state income tax preparation for
low/moderate income taxpayers.

Economic Justice programming/Economic Justice Institute

Rural Individual Development Accounts

Promotion of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

SOAR Initiative (Homeless and Disability Assistance)

The agency “gives back” to the community:

Employee Collections for veterans in local nursing homes

Employee Donations to Gary Raymer Scholarship Fund (BGPD)

Volunteering with United Way Speaker’s Bureau & Allocations Committees

Employee volunteers with United Way Day of Caring

Employee volunteers with SHOP & SHARE and FEED THE NEED

Participates in the VITA Free Tax Preparation Services Program

Service on non-profit boards