St. Benedict’s starts new retail venture at T&T Vendor Mall

On March 17, St. Benedict’s Shelter for Men will open two booths at T&T Vendor Mall, 601 Commerce Drive.When customers enter the consignment store, they should turn left and go to booths 2 and 3.   A St. Benedict’s banner will help customers find the nonprofit’s booths.This new retail business gives the shelter a cost-effective way…

Gabriel: ‘St. Benedict’s has given me a second chance on life’

In September 2020, Gabriel graduated from Owensboro Community & Technical College with certificates in production line welding, gas welding, welding helper, and exploratory machinery.Soon after, he earned a job at Metalsa, a manufacturing facility.Gabriel, 46, lives in St. Benedict’s transitional housing. The low rent has allowed him to pay off some former debts, which he…

Massey: ‘(St. Gerard) has helped me so much … .’

Jada Massey expects the next few weeks to be “scary but exciting.”Massey and her 3-month-old daughter, Rhylee, are making a big move.They are set to leave the safety of St. Gerard Maternal Home and become self-sufficient with a home of their own.Massey, 24, came to St. Gerard in early September. The nonprofit supports moms experiencing…

Hunt joins St. Benedict’s as volunteer outreach coordinator

Ami Hunt recently joined St. Benedict's as the volunteer outreach coordinator.Hunt started volunteering at the men's shelter last year. Before that, she had volunteered with Crossroads for Hope women's shelter.Hunt, who grew up in Hancock County, works at U.S. Bank Home Mortgage as a quality control auditor.She earned an associate's degree from Owensboro Community &…

Freda O’Bryan: ‘St. Benedict’s is very near and dear to my heart’

Freda O'Bryan has served more than a decade as a volunteer at St. Benedict's. Here's what she has to say about her time of service."St. Benedict's is very near and dear to my heart."From the start of my volunteering 11 years ago, I was committed and emotionally involved."The gentlemen are respectful and even give an…

2020-21 Bed sponsorships going well

Donations for St. Benedict's continue to come in for the Bed Sponsorship Campaign, the shelter's largest fundraiser of the year.  As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, the nonprofit had received $113,689, but hopes to meet or exceed its $150,000 goal by the end of the month.Anyone interested in donating should go to https://stbenedictsowensboro.org/donate/. St. Benedict's estimates it costs $500…

COVID-19 Relief Fund and needs

First, we thank our supporters, volunteers, and community partners for walking with us during this time. We pray God will show His mercy and grace through this worldwide crisis.Community support is vital to St. Benedict's. Without our army of faithful volunteers and donors, the nonprofit wouldn't exist.We have a financial need at this time.  Extra…

Gratitude in action

Meet Ronnie and Darrell! These men once needed us but quickly learned we needed them, too.They stayed at St. Benedict's shelter for men for a brief period of time. Then, Darrell and Ronnie entered the nonprofit's Transitional Housing Program.Through case management and self determination, these men chose to give back to the place that freely gave…

Robert — a veteran

"My name is Robert and I’m a 46-year-old veteran."I had a situation that placed me where there was a difficult choice to make. I loved Kentucky, wanting to stay here instead of relocating to another state and beginning all over once again I had no one to turn towards for help."After explaining my situation to…

Be a Voice — an intern’s point of view

"My name is Wendall Hallam, and I am a 21-year-old Christian male pursuing a bachelors degree in social work at Western Kentucky University. I am currently serving my internship at St. Benedict's and would like to share my experience thus far."Since starting here in January, my experience has allowed me to embrace a lot of…