Welcome House Awarded $1.25 Million Grant from Bezos Organization

The Welcome House of Northern Kentucky received a $1.25 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund, created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The Covington-based Welcome House is the region's only women's and children's shelter.

“Our recognition by such a respected organization says a lot about the professionals, funders and volunteers of Welcome House,” said Welcome House CEO Danielle Amrine. “It is nothing short of inspiring. The bottom line is that this grant will help end homelessness for more people in our community.”

The Welcome House plans to use the funds to enhance its current programming, according to a news release. Those services including helping families find affordable housing, mental health, SNAP benefits, and employment and life skills.

Welcome House is one of 32 nonprofits across the country to receive funds from the second annual Day 1 Families Fund grants.

“Welcome House took my daughter and me into their shelter when we were desperate for help and on the brink of living on the street,” said former client Karen M. “Since that day, Welcome House helped me with finding a job and a home for the two of us, I can’t imagine what life would have been like if we hadn’t walked through Welcome House’s doors.”

The Bezos Day One Fund was launched in 2018 with a commitment of $2 billion and a focus on two areas: funding existing non-profits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, non-profit tier-one preschools in low-income communities. 

-Staff report