Amy Lindsey | GC News-GazetteDebbie Lashley, Saving Hope house mom.

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Debbie Lashley, Saving Hope house mom.

Saving Hope Charities held a benefit dinner on Friday, Nov. 10. This event was hosted by Misty Thomas, Public Relations Director.

Saving Hope Charities is located in Leitchfield on Commerce Drive. The building being used was formerly a hotel. Saving Hope can house seven women and their children.

There are currently five women and six children, along with two house moms, Debbie Lashley and Michelle Stevenson, living in the property.

Stevenson provides third-shift baby sitting so moms can go to work.

Saving Hope provides single mothers with a stable home, while helping them secure a job, get training for that job and teaching them life skills to help them be more successful in the future.

Thomas said, "I thought we would just pour a lot of soft skills, and curriculum into these women and send them back into the world ready to do things differently, what has become part of our reality is different."

She said, "We have learned that if we really do make a difference, we cannot be an institution, we have to respect, love, and be family."

According to Thomas, some of the life skills the moms can participate in include: financial literacy, food and nutrition, couponing, meal planning, parenting and more.

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Thomas said she believes Saving Hope is a model that could be replicated all over the nation to help aid in the poverty crisis.

The ladies at Saving Hope choose to live there, and they pay $75 per week for housing and programs.

According to Thomas, all of the women came to Saving Hope with no job. She said they are now all working full-time jobs and have all out-earned their food stamps. According to Thomas, this saves tax payers $21,000 per year.

After the meal, Ashlie Hogan donated $700 from KY CRS and added $300 to it from herself.

Paula Haynes, a local mixed media artist, donated a painting.

Several cakes were made and donated by ECTC's Culinary Department including two pumpkin rolls, a Heath Cake and a coconut cake. The cakes were auctioned by Steve Smith, of The Cecilian Bank.

The two pumpkin rolls brought $300 and $225. The Heath cake brought $600, and the coconut cake was auctioned four times bringing in a combined total of $1,900.

For more information on Saving Hope Charities or to donate, visit http://www.savinghopecharities.org/.

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Debbie Lashley, Saving Hope house mom.

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The winner of a pumpkin roll.

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The final winners of the coconut cake are pictured.

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Misty Thomas, Public Relations Director for Saving Hope Charity.

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Michelle Stevenson, Saving Hope house mom.

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The winners of a Heath Cake.