April 1, 2023 | Local News
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Knox Doty prepares to take a nap in his new bed, which was provided through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s House in a Box program. COURTESY OF COLIN DOTY

Doty family moves into new home with help from SVDP’s House in a Box


While life has moved on for many since that fateful day in December 2021 when tornadoes devastated western Kentucky, some families are still putting their lives back together.

This February, Colin Doty and two of his eight children loaded up their pickup and a trailer with their House in a Box necessities. Those household necessities included: mattresses/box springs/frames for each child and their parents, two dinette sets, couches, kitchenware, bath towels, dressers, and everything anyone would need to set up housekeeping.

Doty told us their family of 10 had been living in a small camper for months.

“Tonight everyone will have a bed to sleep in,” said Doty. “We are so grateful to St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities for the help we have received. We wouldn’t have been able to rebuild our home and furnish it without you.”

The Dotys are just one family that your donations and grants have helped return to a normal daily life. It is our hope to help between 350-500 western Kentucky families affected by the December 2021 storms. So far, we’ve served more than 80 families. While that may not seem like a lot, to those served it means everything. Many factors come into play – the availability of building supplies, availability of building contractors, FEMA, individual home insurers, etc. We’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. Please continue to pray for the families as it may be years before things return to normal.

Belinda Abell is the marketing coordinator for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Diocesan Council of Western Kentucky, Inc.

Originally printed in the April 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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