Grand Opening of Louisville’s first women only day shelter

Grand Opening of Louisville’s first women only day shelter

Last Friday, Uniting Partners (UP) for Women and Children had their grand opening as the first women’s only day shelter in Louisville. UP Louisville is located in the basement of the Diocesan house, adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral on 2nd Street.

The Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, officiated the ribbon-cutting and he also took a few minutes to talk about the city’s efforts in reducing homelessness in Louisville. “We know it is really challenging and sometimes it’s complicated. We know people are looking into it from the outside telling us how we should do it and how easy it can be. We are going to keep working at it. When we have a challenge, we lean in as a city and work together”, the Mayor added as he addressed guests. 

The Founders of Up Louisville, Andrea Scott and Amy Schutz also spoke to guests about why they started this organization. Scott talked about the 7,000 people who are homeless in Louisville, and cited that a third of those are women. The city currently does not have enough services to meet the needs of this population. Their mission at UP Louisville is to provide a healthy and safe place for homeless women and children that include services such as shelter, showers, laundry, case management and life skills.

District 4 Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith shared stories about her experiences with the homeless community. “I have met the women who are living in the camps in District 4, and they want the same things you and I want. “ She praised the Mayor for all the work he has done in Louisville and gave credit to Andrea and Amy for what they’re doing in the community.

The Grand Opening was attended by representatives from other nonprofits in Louisville who work with the homeless. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 in the morning to 1:00 in the afternoon.

RAK Louisville is partnering with UP Louisville to set up volunteers opportunities for students. RAK Louisville thanks all members of the community who contributed towards the women’s toiletries, laundry and cleaning supplies that were needed for the opening of this facility.

More information on UP Louisville can be found at  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here:

Hear from Andrea and Amanda as they sit down with Andrew from RAK Louisville and discuss UP Louisville. 

Packing Sack Meals for The Forgotten Louisville

Packing Sack Meals for The Forgotten Louisville

By: Audrey (and Ella) Smith

We heard that RAK Louisville was working with the Forgotten Louisville to help feed the homeless community. Every Wednesday, they need 50  sack meals, and they ask for two people or groups to sign up to each take 25 sack meals. We decided that our family would sponsor this, and my sister and I did some chores to earn money to buy the items. We were glad to be able to give our time to help feed the hungry.

If you are thinking about signing up, it might seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s simple when you break it down or divide it among your friends. We have our plans written below if you have questions. We also took some pictures, but we were so busy making sandwiches and building the sacks that we forgot to take pictures during the process.


Before we planned, my mom called Maria with Forgotten Louisville to see where we would drop off the meals and if they were looking for anything specific this week. Maria told her they really need extra water in the hot months, so we decided to take two cases.

The team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.


We talked about what would be good to include in the sacks. We knew we shouldn’t use anything that would melt or go bad in the heat. And our Mom had us do math to figure out how many of each item we would need to buy. We could have gone to Costco or Sam’s, but Kroger had everything we needed, including small bags of chips and treats.

We shopped the day before we made the sack meals. We picked bananas that were mostly yellow, so they would be ready to eat the next day. We also got white bread for the sandwiches, because it is comforting for many of these people.

Forgotten Louisville street team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

Our shopping list

  • White bread: 3 loaves (we bought 4, but only needed 3)
  • Peanut butter: 1 40-oz jar
  • Grape jelly: 2 17-oz jars
  • Sandwich bags: 25 (we already had these)
  • Bananas: 25
  • Bags of Lays chips: 25 (five 6-packs)
  • Bags of mini Oreos: 25 (two 20-packs)
  • Applesauce cups: 25 (five 6-packs)
  • Spoons: 25
  • *Brown bags, large 8#: 25
    (*We used the larger style of brown bags, so we could fit more items and the bag would be sturdy.)
  • Napkins: 25 (we had these)
  • Water: 2 cases (we delivered in cases, not in the sacks)


Making the sandwiches

My mom and I made the sandwiches. Mom thought it was easier to make two or three sandwiches at a time, but I thought it was easier to make one sandwich at a time. Some other tips:

  • Be careful not to squeeze too hard, so you don’t make finger dents.
  • Have 25 sandwich bags opened and ready to go. We stacked in groups of five, alternately, so it was easy to count to 25.
  • Try to keep each sandwich clean (no PB or J on the sides of the crust), so that it is clean to put in each bag.
  • Keep a wet paper towel nearby, so you can wipe the PB&J off of your fingers in between sandwiches.


Assembling the sacks

  • Open all the cases and boxes.
  • Carefully break each banana off the bunch, so you don’t accidentally peel them.
  • Figure out the best way to build your sacks, and organize everything in that order.
  • Double check each bag to make sure all of the items are in there.
  • If you write anything on the bag (like PB&J), make sure it is low enough to be read after you fold the top of the bag.
  • Have a big box or several bags to transport the meals. Three meals fit in each plastic Kroger bag, which made it easier for my sister and I to carry than a big box.


Dropping off the meals

We packed the car with the two cases of water, 25 sack meals and a bag with extra sandwiches of leftover ingredients. We went with our parents to drop off in front of the UofL rowing club. There were a lot of people already waiting for hot food. The Forgotten Louisville street team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

RAK Summer Challenge

RAK Summer Challenge

UP for Women and Children is a Day Center that will be opening to provide a safe space for homeless women and children to go during the day to access showers, laundry, case managers and social services. Homeless women have very unique needs that are not currently being served in Louisville. There is no day center for only women, that offers comprehensive access to hygiene and social services. UP will be opening their doors later this year and RAK Louisville has partnered with them to stock them with some basic supplies.

Andrew took time to talk with the founders of UP for Women and Children. Watch the interview below to learn about UP Louisville.

We are collecting the following supplies:








March and April RAK Louisville Challenge

March and April RAK Louisville Challenge

We are making Kindergarten Sight Words Flash cards for Byck Elementary’s summer Kindergarten camp. We need 65 sets of these care and we hope that you will make a set for us.


List of supplies:

  • Hole puncher
  • 1” Book rings
  • Blank Index cards
  • thick marker





Here is the list of words:

A few notes:

We found it easiest to hole punch cards first to make sure everything is aligned correctly.  Then write the words on card, add title card and blank back card.

These cards will be sent home with the incoming Kindergarten students during summer school this June to help prepare them for the upcoming  school year.

Deadline: We want to have all cards ready by April 30th.

You can send the card directly to Byck Elementary (c/o FRYSC) Or Drop off at Eberle Orthodontics or even message us to pick the cards up. [email protected]

Snow Day RAK Louisville Challenge

Snow Day RAK Louisville Challenge

Wow. An unexpected snow day! I don’t know about you but I love snow days.
In between making plans with friends and catching up on school work, how about making some breakfast burritos for the Louisville Burrito Riders.
The recipe is simple and making 1 batch of burritos will be a great way to get the family, friends and neighbors involved. Not much cooking – just scrambling eggs and warming up the beans. Otherwise, all you are doing is assembling.

Most of you know about the Burrito Riders – they ride their bikes every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, deliver breakfast burritos to anyone who is hungry and build relationships over a period of time.
You can message them on Facebook or via email and they will pick up or you can drop off. Or, you can message us and we will pick it up. You can make them pretty much anytime and just freeze them.

This has to be the easiest way to serve!

Here is the recipe:
• 2 packages large (at least 10″) flour tortillas
• 1 dozen eggs
• 3 cans of black beans (15 oz)
• 20oz of mild salsa
• 12oz shredded cheddar cheese
• 4 cups cooked rice
• Aluminum foil to wrap the burritos
• 2 tsp cumin
• 2 tsp garlic powder

1. Warm the black beans over medium heat. Add the cumin and garlic. Drain the excess liquid.
2. Scramble the eggs. Salt and Pepper to taste
3. Prepare the rice according to package directions
4. Combine rice, beans, salsa and eggs in a large contained. Stir it in gently until it is all mixed.

1. On a large tortilla, place 1 cup mixture in the middle. Fold each end and roll the burrito to close.
2. Wrap the burrito with aluminum foil.
Here is a link to a video that shows the best way to assemble and fold the burrito:

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