A young woman in Frankfort, who was pregnant and had no place to stay, called the
local pregnancy help line in 1985 and asked a VISTA worker for help with her plight.
However, no resources could be found within the entire state of Kentucky that could
provide this young woman a place to live. Despite the barriers encountered, the VISTA
worker persisted in trying to help her.
She took it upon herself to find a place for this
distraught young woman, and with work and good fortune she found a duplex in the
Holmes Street area of Frankfort that could be renovated. Not only did the duplex help
the desperate young woman, but there was enough space to help three other women in
similar situations. That was the beginning of Simon House, and it has been in
continuous operation since 1985.
It was incorporated and received certification from the
Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization in 1987.
The Simon House shelter for homeless pregnant women and homeless families with
children has been located at its current site since 1987.
Soon, Simon House saw the need among families with extremely low incomes for
assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless. By 2010, a new program had
evolved to provide essential items to families in need so they could use more of their
financial resources for housing. That program continues today.