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Acts of Compassion Historical Marker

Organized by: Clara Rogalinski

Clara's Photo

THE STORY:

Since 1949, the Kentucky Historical Marker program has allowed communities across Kentucky to recognize and share the sites, events and personalities they consider to be important to local, regional, state or national history. Recently, I have partnered with House of Ruth, a nonprofit organization that strengthens lives for those with or affected by HIV/AIDS, to apply for a historical marker for the property that the House of Ruth stands on, the former St. Matthew United Church of Christ in the Shelby Park neighborhood. The history behind the transaction between the two organizations and the work that is done is the reason I titled this marker “Acts of Compassion.” This marker will be one of the first in Kentucky that focuses on LGBTQ history. This church was built in 1908, designed by Arthur Loomis, a prominent Louisville architect. The congregation of St. Matthews UCC lasted from 1889 to 1999. The congregation decided to gift the property to House of Ruth for $1, so that the organization may continue to serve to those living with HIV. The second side of the markers focuses on the Glade House. It is the longest continuously operating shelter exclusively for homeless adults with HIV/AIDS in the United States. Community Health Trust, another nonprofit, started Glade in the mid-1980s to house gay men with AIDS who had nowhere to go The marker has been approved by the Kentucky Historical Society as of September 26, 2016. We are currently raising the funds for the creation and installation of the marker. The cost of the two sided marker is $2500. Any donation would be appreciated. If donations exceed the price of the marker, they would go to House of Ruth, so that they may continue the work that they do.

$2,560

 

102% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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  • Majo

    $25

  • Allison Smith

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Matt McGee

     

  • Jack and Barrett Helfrich

    $50

  • Charles Rogalinski

    $100

  • Don and Jan Haag

    $25

  • Marisa

    $25

  • Christopher Harrell

    $14

  • Karl Bronnbauer

    $100

  • Harlan and Ann Beckemeyer

    $50

  • Demond Xrenshaw and Ellen Beckemeyer

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Adam Hall and Daniel Gilvin

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sister of Charity of Nazareth

    $250

  • Shelby Park Neighborhood Association

    $500

  • Outside Donors

    $550

  • Troy E

    $100

  • Lisa Thompson and Tom Johnson

     

  • Marc Mullins

    $25

  • Marty King

    $100

  • Rachel Peterson

    $20

  • Michael Rohner and Matt Ruben

    $50

  • Gonzalo Viñales and Rachel Brown

    $50

  • Don and Ann Houlette

    $25

  • Kathy and Richard Matheny

    $50

  • ΦΑ

    $50

  • Lisa Dettlinger

     

  • Ann Ames

    $81

  • Stefanie and Carin

    $100

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Clara Rogalinski

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Donor Comments

Stefanie and Carin

Stefanie and Carin

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Ann Ames

Ann Ames

DONATION: $81

2 years ago

Lisa Dettlinger

Lisa Dettlinger

2 years ago

ΦΑ

ΦΑ

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Kathy and Richard Matheny

Kathy and Richard Matheny

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Don and Ann Houlette

Don and Ann Houlette

DONATION: $25

In memory of Don's parents, Bob and Alberta Houlette, and in honor of the Rev Dr Harlan Beckemeyer and all the great folks at St. Matthew UCC! Well done, good and faithful servants! 2 years ago

Gonzalo Viñales and Rachel Brown

Gonzalo Viñales and Rachel Brown

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Michael Rohner and Matt Ruben

Michael Rohner and Matt Ruben

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Rachel Peterson

Rachel Peterson

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Marty King

Marty King

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

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