Newport homeless shelter closes doors after 20 years of helping families

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jun 30, 2014
and last updated 2016-07-15 15:42:47-04

NOTE: This story originally published in June 2014.

NEWPORT, Ky. -- Family Promise, a homeless shelter in Northern Kentucky, will no longer provide places to stay.

After operating for more than 20 years, the shelter said Monday it lacks the money it needs to keep the doors open.

Family Promises was the only shelter in Kentucky that kept entire families together while they were without homes.

Kelly O'Brien said Family Promises gave her the shelter she needed when she and her children had no place to live.

"It was right after I just lost my job earlier this year," she said. "It was just like a trickle effect. Lost the job, lost the house I was leasing, lost the car. I have three great kids. I needed a place to go out and raise them."

Back when she was looking for shelter, most housing she turned to would not allow boys over 11 years old. She wanted to keep her 13-year-old son nearby, and was not willing to split up her family.

The mother was thankful that Family Promises helped her, along with her son and other children, who are nine and five years old.

O'Brien has since started a fulltime job, but said she couldn't have gotten by without help from Family Promises.