The Paducah Cooperative Ministry (PCM) is a recipient of a 2016 grant provided by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. This grant will provide funding for a fence to enclose the Fresh Start Village for homeless women and children.

“PCM is very grateful for this gift,” says Executive Director Heidi Suhrheinrich, noting that the purpose of the fence is to help provide safety and security at the site of the shelter community that opened in 2015. “We will be able to install a chain link fence to deter animals and non-residents from coming onto the property while children are outside playing,” said Suhrheinrich.

The Paducah Cooperative Ministry is a non-profit agency that has assisted McCracken County residents in meeting their basic needs since 1973. PCM offers homeless services, a food pantry, financial assistance to avoid utility disconnection and home eviction, and other programs at its office at 402 Legion Drive. For more information about PCM and the Fresh Start Village, contact PCM at 270/442-6795 or visit ‘’

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a non-profit 501 ( c) 3 charitable organization of individuals appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky acting as ambassadors of the state’s heritage and rich history of arts and entertainment. The organization’s primary objective is to support Kentucky charities and organizations that share in the Commonwealth’s future by raising money from its membership.