ABOUT US

We Are Lotus

“Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world.”

– Unknown

Our Strategic Framework

VISION

FREEDOM FROM OPPRESSION & VIOLENCE FOR ALL

VALUES

RESILIENCE, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION

MISSION

SUPPORT SURVIVORS. STRENGTHEN FAMILIES. EMPOWER COMMUNITIES.

IMPROVE SAFETY, HEALING & JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS

Facilitate an effective community response through multidisciplinary collaboration

Provide specialized CAC & SVRC intervention, therapeutic & restorative services

Expand meaningful access through an accessible, culturally relevant & trauma-informed approach

Empower survivors as engaged participants & leaders

FOSTER FAMILY & YOUTH RESILIENCE

Cultivate a collaborative network of strength based support

Promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships & environments for children & families

Increase protective factors & reduce risk factors

Reduce likelihood of child abuse & neglect

Enhance child development

CULTIVATE JUST, EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES WHERE ALL PERSONS THRIVE

Build a visible network of support for survivors, families & allies especially for those underserved and exploited in our society

Inform, educate & engage people to take action

Recognize, reveal & address inequity & disparity

Celebrate the resilience of people surviving & thriving creatively in spite of oppression

Invoke shared values, deepen understanding, & amplify our collective impact

END CHILD ABUSE & SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Lotus is Kentucky’s designated Children’s Advocacy and Sexual Violence Resource Center for the Purchase Area Region. Our mission is to support survivors, strengthen families, and empower communities. At Lotus, we see the goal of recovery as not only surviving trauma but also opening up to the possibilities of hope, healing, and growth.

Lotus is committed to ending child abuse and sexual violence. We are working to cultivate a collective, unified community that meets survivors with compassion and a culture that simply does not tolerate interpersonal violence.

Our History

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1984

Our efforts began in 1984 when Western Baptist emergency room nurses recognized a need. Western Baptist then installed a 24-hour helpline and volunteers were trained to assist and support victims. This was just the beginning. Educational programs began throughout the community and survivors of sexual offenses were offered counseling, medical assistance and legal guidance.L

1987

The Western Baptist Hospital and the Paducah Cooperative Ministry Rape Victim Service, Inc. was established.

1990s

During the 90’s we expanded our services and established our Paducah campus sexual abuse center on a beautiful new campus and offered more services in the Murray-Calloway County area.L

2007

We assumed the designation from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as the regional children’s advocacy program and established Kentucky’s first Expressive Arts Therapies Center dedicated to working with victims of violence.

2018

We changed our name to Lotus, reflecting the exceptional courage, strength, and resilience of survivors and symbolizing enlightenment and reawakening to embody our community initiatives.L

We also established our Holistic Healing Center which provides a safe, nurturing environment and supports a holistic approach to healing and wellness.L

2019 - Present

We underwent our GROW Lotus renovation and addition of our main campus in Paducah, KY. The purposeful design of the structures and grounds of our Paducah campus supports highly specialized intervention and restorative services as well as our community outreach and education initiatives. We are currently working to complete our Sanctuary Project that will promote health outcomes by fostering enhanced tranquility and therapeutic experience through the development of green spaces specifically designed throughout our Paducah campus to meet the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of survivors and families.

Meet Our Team

Lori Wells Brown

Executive Director

270-534-4422 ext. 19

Christy Ralph

Director of Finance

270-534-4422  ext. 12

Lacy Boling

Personnel and Operations Manager

270-534-4422 ext. 14

Megan Anthony

Paducah Office Receptionist

270-534-4422 ext. 10

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER PROGRAM TEAM MEMBERS

Grace Stewart

Program Director

270-534-4422 ext. 11

Sarah Grimsley

Program Coordinator

270-534-4422 ext. 23

Nichole Wadley

Forensic Program Coordinator

270-534-4422 ext. 15

Lauren Barks

Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 16

Sharon Stalions

Therapist/Forensic Interviewer

270-534-4422 ext. 13

Lisa Potter

Family Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 35

Megan Meade

Family Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 18

Bethany Roach

Family Advocate

270-534-4422 ext. 34

SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAM TEAM MEMBERS

Beth Jordan

Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 25

ShelbyAnn Johnson

Advocate/Program Coordinator

270-534-4422 ext. 22

Amanda Harris

Therapist

270-534-4422 ext. 33

Nikki Gray

SART Coordinator

270-534-4422 ext. 24

COMMUNITY IMPACT PROGRAM TEAM MEMBERS

Amberly Haverstock

Community Impact Director

270-534-4422 ext. 32

Caroline Glynn Neal

Community Outreach & Engagement Specialist

270-534-4422 ext. 20

Bri Rollins

Restorative Outreach & Engagement Specialist

270-534-4422 ext. 28

Jay Bennett

Prevention Education Specialist

270-534-4422 ext. 37

LOTUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Whitney Evans

Chair

Lourdes Hospital, Director of Neurosciences

Misty Cates

Chair-Elect

Paducah Bank & Trust Co., Trust Operations Administrator

Dawn Mason

Treasurer

Harper Construction, CFO/Controller

Carolyn Allen

Homemaker

Tiffany Benberry

Self Employed, Mental Health Counselor

Sara Droke

Affinity X, Director of Business Development

Jason Harris

Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Env Services Director

Holly Homra

Denton Law Firm, Associate Attorney

Jennifer Horbelt Bonds

WPSD TV, News Anchor

Zana Renfro

Mercy Hospital, Manager MHKKYPSC

Dr. Miranda Terry

MSU Public & Director Community Health, Department Chair & Assistant Professor

Clinton Warf

Rivercrest Place Assisted Living, Ex. Director

Julie Warfield

Baptist Health, Senior Risk Program Manager

JOIN OUR TEAM

Lotus is seeking to fill the following full-time postitions:

Sexual Violence Resource Center Advocate
Prevention Education Specialist
Therapist

Learn more and apply.

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