Our Mission is to provide a healthy, safe environment for homeless women and children that offers opportunities and encouragement for achieving self-sufficiency. By providing shelter and resource options through a partnership of providers, UP for Women and Children is where homeless women are empowered to find hope, help, and refuge.
Our model is simple – partner with anyone and everyone who can help to address the issue of family homelessness: congregations, individuals, cities and counties, and businesses of all sizes. We hope you will join us!
Our Vision is to ensure safety for single women as well as parenting women and their dependent children who are experiencing homelessness by providing a safe, reliable, and supportive space that offers comprehensive services. By working with additional service providers, we adequately link women, children, and families to vital supports that they need to be empowered.
UP provides women and children with a warm and supportive daytime safe space to rest, build community, and find the resources that they need to reclaim their lives.
Showers & Laundry
This safe space empowers women and children by meeting basic needs with access to laundry, hot showers and restrooms.
UP provides resources for social and health services, benefits, housing and employment within an enthusiastic community of support.
Support & Life skills groups
Through supportive groups and classes, participants learn to strengthen their coping skills, practice boundaries, communication skills, and gain support and encouragement.
In 2016, we identified a community need for women: a safe space for homeless women and children to go during the day to access showers, laundry, case managers and social services. Founders Andrea and Amy, began a needs assessment by connecting with over 16 service providers and nearly 40 homeless women who were living on the streets and sleeping in the shelters. They were met with overwhelming support, so in 2017 Uniting Partners for Women and Children was founded.
Homeless women have very unique needs that were not currently being served in Louisville. The majority of homeless women have experienced traumatic events in both adulthood and childhood. In order for these women to feel safe, they need to have a space specifically designed for women only. In Louisville there was no day center for only women, that offered comprehensive access to hygiene and social services. In 2016, the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Consumer Participation Task Force reported a need for a full-time women’s day shelter in Louisville.
UP provides a safe place to rest, build community, and find resources needed to reclaim lives such as showers, laundry, access to a phone and mailing address and connections to housing, employment, and financial benefits. UP provides resources and referrals through case management and a partnership of providers and assists homeless women and youth with obtaining ID’s and birth certificates.
1 in 4 homeless women are homeless because of her experience with violence
Louisville needs a women’s only day shelter…
The U.S. Department of Social Services Administration for Women and Families reports approximately 1 in 4 homeless women are homeless because of her experience with violence. A staggering 93% of homeless mothers have experienced at least 1 trauma and 81% have experienced multiple traumatic events with 91% experiencing trauma in both adulthood and childhood. In order for these women to feel safe, they need a space specifically designed for women only.
On July 16, 2018 UP opened it's doors and now provides a safe place to rest, build community, and find resources needed to reclaim lives: showers, laundry, access to a phone and mailing address, assistance obtaining IDs and birth certificates, connections to housing, employment, and financial benefits. UP provides resources and referrals through case management and a partnership of providers.