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Independent living house in desperate need of donations due to coronavirus

Posted at 1:15 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 14:50:25-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Despite uncertain times, you can find smiles all around at the Bob Brown House in Lexington.

“We are definitely a family of 14 with all that comes with that,” said Director Amy Brown.

Brown says 45 years ago her father was inspired to open an independent living house after seeing people with mental or physical challenges being taken advantage of.

“We're unique in what we do in this area because we are independent living, and there is a huge need for what we do here,” said Brown.

Fourteen people now call the facility home. They each get their own small apartment, and they’re provided meals.

Brown says the Bob Brown House runs on just a $120,000 a year budget that's used to keep up the building, pay utilities, feed residents and pay the small staff. Brown doesn't take a salary.

“Because of our budget and our space we're not the kind of operation that can stockpile or be prepared for something like this. So in no time we were completely out of toilet paper,” said Brown.

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, Brown is growing more concerned.

“I do worry. I worry about supply chain that's a word that's been all over the news in the past couple of days, and when you're responsible for 14, many of them have no other way, they have no other family,” said Brown.

Brown tells LEX 18 they're in desperate need of toilet paper, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods.

She says they couldn't do what they do, without your help.

“Your donations will not just help us through this crisis, but help us continue to exist because we can't make it on the little bit of rent that they pay. So I spend a lot of my time raising awareness and funds for us to keep going,” said Brown.

You can drop off donations at the Bob Brown House at 507 Rogers Rd, Lexington during normal business hours.

Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, there’s a donate tab on the right side of the homepage on the Bob Brown House website: click here.

You can also give them a call with any questions at 859-293-0886.