CJ Chapman is the kind of volunteer who springs into service when she hears there’s a need — especially at the Simon House, a home for single mothers and children.
“My daughter was a single mother,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for family support, she would have had a difficult time.”
The women and children at Simon House likely don’t have families who can or are willing to support them, however. Or perhaps their families live elsewhere and are unable to provide support.
“These mothers and children have nowhere else to go. I just want to do whatever I can to help them get on their feet.
“I have a soft spot in my heart for kids,” said Chapman, who recently delivered goods collected at Century 21 Simpson and Associates, the real estate office where she has her license. “I saw a solicitation on the Simon House Facebook page and shared it with others in the office. They were very generous.”
Chapman got her start helping Simon House when a friend asked if she could work on the Margaritaville fundraiser several years ago. She’s worked to assist Simon House since.
“I used to help with the Cancer Society,” she said of other volunteer efforts. “My dad died of cancer in 1991.”
The lifelong Frankfort resident has two children and six grandchildren. “Two are technically stepgrandchildren,” she said, “but I call them all my grandchildren.”
Chapman is retired from the Kentucky Office of Technology.
Chapman says she’s found folks in Frankfort are very willing to help when they know there’s a need.
“At the Simon House, there is an ongoing need for supplies for the women and children. They need help with the Facebook page and newsletter, to answer the phone, run errands, type letters, transportation for the residents — just any number of things.”
Sometimes Chapman and a group of friends visit local stores and fill shopping carts with things the residents need — and there are plenty of needs.
The facility can accommodate six single or pregnant women who are 18 and over and their children.
“Time, talent, money,” she said. “They can use it all. I find it very rewarding to be able to help.”
She encourages anyone interested to visit the Facebook page or call the interim director at 502-223-2138. Simon House is currently seeking a permanent director.