PADUCAH, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) recently transferred four commercial clothes dryers to the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) to support a worthy cause.
PACRO and PPPO’s Paducah Site Office work together to identify opportunities for excess DOE property to benefit the local community. PACRO identified the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center as the ideal organization to receive the commercial dryers. The resilient dryers can withstand heavy loads, thereby reducing laundry time and energy costs.
“We are pleased to work with PACRO, and especially proud to have an opportunity to support our community,” said Jennifer Woodward, Paducah Site lead for PPPO. “The Merryman crisis center does important work providing refuge and emergency shelter for more than 700 women, men and children each year.”
Founded in 1978 by a small group of concerned women willing to open their homes to abused women and children, the Merryman House has become the only certified domestic crisis center serving the region.
"Domestic violence is a silent epidemic that results in devastating consequences for victims and their children,” said Merryman House Executive Director Mary Foley. “It takes everyone, at all levels, to find their place in the fight against violence in our communities. I am proud of the way the Department of Energy and PACRO have found a way to be a part of the solution.”