Ricky L. Baker, Executive Director
During the past 44 years, LKLP has been an anchor for the low-income and disadvantaged families in Leslie, Knott, Letcher, and Perry counties. We continue to offer high quality, human services to the residents of Kentucky to assist in their transition to self-sufficiency. This year, LKLP has worked diligently with state and federal agencies to secure funding and develop plans to provide additional employment and services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Due to the current economic situation regarding funding for human service programs, it is even more important that we let our voices be heard. The poor people of this nation have long faced barriers that have made it almost impossible for them to obtain self-sufficiency. And while most average, working Americans verge on the precipice of poverty by being just one hospital stay away from the poor house, they depend on our help even more than ever. Benjamin Franklin posed: “Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.” It is our responsibility to make sure that the deprived man retains his spirit and virtue so that his children can see him stand and will learn to stand as well.