Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Program was established in 2006 by a group of committed community members at the First Christian Church in Richmond, Kentucky. These core founders identified a need for domestic violence program to serve women and children in the Madison County Community. The vision quickly turned into a program committed to providing housing, outreach, and education to the community. In March 2006, Hope’s Wings became a non-profit organization of its own, no longer affiliated with the church. During the spring of 2008, construction of an emergency shelter was completed and doors opened in 2009. The facility was lovingly named “The Marilyn Isaacs House,” in honor of a local school teacher whose life ended too soon. The shelter has been a safe haven for more than 600 women and children.


Mission Statement: To empower victims of domestic violence to make safe and permanent changes through support, understanding, education, and awareness. To achieve this we offer intensive case management services tailored to helping victims focus on employment, education, and transitioning into independent living.

Vision Statement: Hope’s Wings envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.Hope’s Wings believes an end to domestic violence will happen only when individuals, organizations, and a society as a whole will join together to demand an end to abuse. Hope’s Wings supports a comprehensive, coordinated response to domestic violence by working together with systems, organizations, community groups and individuals to end domestic violence.

Board of Directors

Stuart Adams, Board Chair, Police Detective
Kim DeCoste, Vice Chair, Diabetes Coordinator
Lynda Campbell, Treasurer, Retired attorney
Judy Ridings, Secretary, Teacher
Gwen Minerich, Business woman
Cynthia Palka, EKU Office of Veteran’s Affairs
Teddy Taylor, Educator
Daphne Jewell, Realtor


Jennifer Lainhart, Executive Director
Suzanne Howell, Victim Advocate
Heather Shepherd, Shelter Coordinator
Jeanette Scott, Resident Assistant
Terri Smallwood, Case Manager
April McQueen, Resident Assistant
Crystal Gosto, Americorps Member, Housing Coordinator
Holly Whitaker, Americorps Member, Housing Coordinator

Contact Us
Local Phone: 859.623.4095
Toll Free: 1-877-HOPE-040
Fax: 859.623.6823
Email: info@hopeswings.org