Lincoln chamber director to serve on domestic violence group

December 16, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce director Andrea Miller was recently appointed to a newly-created organization that will battle domestic violence in the Bluegrass and surrounding counties.

Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program Inc. held its first meeting Dec. 9. to distribute bylaws and budget information.

The program was created to support and expand the work of Lexington shelters, and "develop extensive outreach programs in the 19 counties we serve," Chairwoman Kathy Scott said in a recent letter to the six initial board members.

The counties include Boyle, Garrard, Mercer and Lincoln. The group is lead by Executive Director Darlene Thomas.

Miller said her appointment was a bit unexpected.

"I was surprised to be chosen" for the position, she said last week, and excited about getting started.

The program will work in tandem with United Way of the Bluegrass and the Kentucky Domestic Violence Council, said Scott.

It will help support the organizations' ongoing efforts against domestic violence as well as strengthen their presence in central Kentucky.


The group will also look at opening a new domestic violence shelter. The city is in need of such a home after funding cuts forced the YWCA's shelter to close, said Miller.

The new agency will next meet Jan. 6 in Lexington, and members will tour a possible site for a new shelter, said Miller, though the exact location is confidential.

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