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Social workers carry-out plan to help others

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Michelle Korty Michelle Korty
Arless Sexton Arless Sexton
LuAnne Yandow LuAnne Yandow
The money from the restaurant will help pay for the services. Their goal is cut down on total reliance on state or federal funding. The money from the restaurant will help pay for the services. Their goal is cut down on total reliance on state or federal funding.
The trio is renting a space on South First Street in Scottsburg's town square. The trio is renting a space on South First Street in Scottsburg's town square.

SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Drug addiction, abuse and poverty are issues just about every community is struggling with. For one southern Indiana community, they're hoping to deal with those problems with a different approach.

LuAnne Yandow, Michelle Korty and Arless Sexton have spent years trying to help others. They are social workers. The three currently work for a local agency that helps with teenage pregnancy. The program they are involved in is closing because of a lack of funding. Realizing there is still a need to help others, they've taken it upon themselves and are starting up their own non profit called A Place to Be in Scott County, Inc.

They are opening a restaurant along side the non profit organization. The money from the restaurant will help pay for the services. Their goal is cut down on total reliance on state or federal funding.

The trio is renting a space on South First Street in Scottsburg's town square.

"I know there are a lot of folks are working on that in this community to bring people back to the courthouse," said Michelle Korty.

The restaurant will be all carry out and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"Some of those old fashioned recipes that are handed down from grandma to granddaughter," said Arless Sexton.

"Dinner is going to be full dinner," said Korty. "You take it home, you put it in the oven, and you get to sit around the table with your family and eat."

The three will primarily focus on helping people struggling with domestic violence, sexual assault, and addiction. Giving clients an option for another place to be.

"One of things that we are going to provide is that they are going to be free," said Yandow.

They're relying on food, so they don't have to rely entirely on outside funding.  Their goal may sound impossible to some but, there is a reason why they say they have to do it.

"We can't walk away, we're going to try to do something different," said Sexton.

They hope to be up and running by November.

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