History

Committed to serving economically disadvantaged citizens

mertesWelcome House was founded in 1982 by Father William Mertes, then director of Catholic Social Services, and an ecumenical coalition of churches. This coalition of churches committed to support Welcome House financially and through volunteer efforts in serving the economically disadvantaged citizens of Northern Kentucky.

In 1982, Welcome House opened its doors as an Emergency Assistance Center.

In the early 1980’s homelessness of single parent families, usually headed by women, skyrocketed. An increasingly large population of women with children needed a safe and healthy place to stay. Working in cooperation with the Benedictine Sisters, Welcome House recognized the need for shelter for women and children. After renovating the building at 141 Pike Street to accommodate living areas, the Welcome House Shelter opened in 1983.

As further needs arose, Welcome House responded. Today, Welcome House has three service areas located at four different locations in downtown Covington. Together these programs address the variety of needs of those living in poverty or on the verge of homelessness. Please see the timeline below or our Program page for more details.

Welcome House History Timeline

1982

Emergency Assistance Center opens

1983

Emergency Shelter opens at 141 Pike Street

1986

Payee Program opens

1991

Welcome House Outreach organizes

1991

Case Management Services open

1996

Gardens at Greenup program begins

1999

Gardens Center opens

1999

Supportive Employment Program begins

2000

Homeless Services Project begins

2003

Protective Payee Program and Homeless Services Project join under the umbrella of one program, Day2Day

2008

Social Security/Benefits Outreach Program opens

2011

Opening of Kings Crossing

2014

Development of affordable housing project in Mainstrasse