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In 1985, a young woman in Frankfort, Kentucky, found herself pregnant and with no place to stay. In this distressing situation, she called the pregnancy help line and talked with a VISTA worker about her plight. However, no place could be found that could take her in within the entire state of Kentucky. Despite the barriers encountered, the VISTA
worker did not give up. She took it upon herself to find a place for this distraught young woman. 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.
This was the beginning of what was to become known as Simon House, which 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. Simon House has been located at its current site since 1987. Simon House has provided residential care for hundreds of families and additional assistance to innumerable other community residents.