PRESTONSBURG — With this week being Kentucky Nonprofit Week, Appalachian Research and Defense Legal Aid will be opening its doors to the public tomorrow, in an effort to increase awareness about the program’s services.
AppalReD Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to people who are living at or below the federal poverty level. The program offers its services to a 37-county area in Eastern Kentucky, where over 244,000 people live in poverty.
AppalReD helps approximately 6,000 clients each year and charges no fees. However, a client might have to pay court costs. In some cases, services may be provided by a private attorney who has volunteered their time or who has contracted with AppalReD to provide services on a reduced fee.
“Over the last 40 years, AppalReD has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people in Eastern and South Central Kentucky. With the continued support of our community partners, like the area development districts, the community action programs, and the local Bar Associations, we plan to continue to help break the cycle of poverty that plagues our area,” said Jonathan Picklesimer, interim executive director. “Leading our effort to make a difference is our Board of Directors. Over the years, many people across the region have participated on our Board and we owe them all a great debt of gratitude for their leadership and perserverence.”
The Prestonsburg office, located at 120 North Front Avenue in Prestonsburg, will host its open house Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
AppalReD Legal Aid has offices located in Barbourville, Columbia, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Richmond and Somerset. Anyone needing legal assistance can call (866) 277-5733 to apply.
AppalReD Legal Aid’s current Board of Directors includes Joseph Lane, of Prestonsburg; Michael A. Taylor, of Middlesboro; Crissy Edmonds-Noble, of Jackson; Marilyn Morgan, of Hyden; Francis Greene, of Lexington; C.K. Belhasen, of Paintsville; Thomas Hollon, of Beattyville; Harlan “Lanny” Judd, of Burkesville; Kathy Burke, of Pikeville; Ed Monahan, of Frankfort; Scott Baures, of Lexington; Donny Hale, of Stanton; and Melinda Murphy, of Richmond.