Shelter Barren County

GLASGOW — For $5, you can eat a pancake breakfast Saturday morning while helping the less fortunate.

Shelter Barren County is hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon at FAB Studios and Catering Co. Funds raised from the event will benefit the volunteer organization in its goal to help prevent homelessness and to aid those who are in need.

It's a new event for the organization, which regularly gathers clothing, food and hygiene items and disperses them to homeless and at-risk residents locally.

"We've had events before where people have given donations if they wanted to, but most of our events have been where we gave away things," said Mandy Smith Goessling, one of the founders of Shelter Barren County.

Beyond collecting and providing items for those in need, the organization has also advocated for an emergency homeless shelter in Barren County. Goessling and others with the organization have additionally been exploring the idea of a community coalition that would partner nonprofit organizations, government agencies and churches to provide a one-stop-shop format where homeless or at-risk residents could address multiple needs at once.

For example, the coalition could have an event where each agency, group and church had its own station where those in need could take care of issues ranging from finding employment to applying for a driver's license, and more.

"The quicker we can address the root issue of why they're homeless, the quicker we can get them out of the emergency shelter, if that ever happens,' Goessling said.

"We want the community to come together so that homelessness is rare, and preventable, and if it does happen, it's very brief."

Fundraising events like the breakfast planned for Saturday in downtown Glasgow will help the organization achieve such goals.

Along with pancakes, the $5 breakfast includes a sausage patty, juice and coffee.

Local resident and Shelter Barren County member Alex Goldsmith helped organize the event. FAB Studios co-owner Peggy Bates is donating the space and the food for the breakfast.

Bates also hosted a fundraiser in the winter at FAB Studios where local musicians performed while the restaurant and catering service served up a taco night meal. Goessling said the event raised about $250 for Shelter Barren County.

"We were able to really stretch that out for quite awhile along with the clothing donations and other things we received as well," she said.

The organization isn't accepting clothing or food donations at the event Saturday, but Shelter Barren County does collect such items throughout the year.

Goessling said the group has received a large number of clothing items and won't be in need of more until the season changes when they'll be seeking winter garments. The organization is in need of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.

The group hands out Blessing Bags that include hygiene products at various events including at the Barren County Farmers Market.

To schedule a time to donate items, call Goessling at 270-678-7343, or visit the Shelter Barren County Facebook page.

Reservations aren't required for Saturday's pancake breakfast. FAB Studios is located at 201 W. Water St.

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