History

Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Program was established in 2006 by a group of committed community members at First Christian Church in Richmond, Kentucky. These core founders identified a need for domestic violence services for women and children in the Madison County Community. The identified need turned into a vision which quickly turned into a program committed to providing emergency housing, outreach, and education to the community. In March 2006, Hope’s Wings became a non-profit organization of its own, no longer affiliated with the church. During the spring of 2008, construction of an emergency shelter was completed and the shelter opened in 2009. The facility was lovingly named “The Marilyn Isaacs House,” in honor of a local school teacher who was a great advocate for women and children and whose life ended too soon. To date, Marilyn Isaacs House has been a safe haven for more than 800 women and children and the Hope’s Wings program has served and educated thousands more in Madison and surrounding communities.

Mission/Vision

Mission Statement: To empower victims of domestic violence to make safe and permanent changes through support, understanding, education, and awareness. To achieve this we offer intensive case management services tailored to helping victims focus on employment, education, and transitioning into independent living.

Vision Statement: Hope’s Wings envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. We believe an end to domestic violence will happen only when individuals, organizations, and a society as a whole  join together to demand an end to abuse. Hope’s Wings supports a comprehensive, coordinated response to domestic violence by working together with systems, organizations, community groups and individuals to end domestic violence. We promote this coordinated response through the Madison County Blueprint for Safety.

Board of Directors

Judy Ridings, Chair
Leslie Stapp, Vice Chair
Jennie Haymond, Treasurer
Terri Johnson, Secretary
Kim DeCoste, Officer
Gwen Minerich, Officer
Maurice Roberts, Officer
Zinnia Hensley, Officer
Rebecca Carr, Officer
Stephen Johnson, Officer

Staff

Jennifer Lainhart, Executive Director
Suzanne Howell, Asst. Director/Victim Advocate
Crystal Gosto, Housing Advocate
April Neal, Shelter Advocate
Terri Smallwood, Resident Advocate
Kaylynn Carpenter, Resident Advocate
Alicia Selby, Resident Advocate
Melissa Hensley, Resident Advocate
Jessi Harris, AmeriCorps Member
Janetta Cunningan, Resident Advocate

Contact Us
Local Phone: 859.623.4095
Toll Free: 1-877-HOPE-040
Fax: 859.623.6823
Email: info@hopeswings.org