The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center will celebrate the grand opening of the Marshall County Resiliency Center by inviting the community to a Spirit Week, Aug. 17-21, from 3-6 p.m. at 1012 Main St., Suite C, in Benton. The community is welcome to walk through the Resiliency Center and speak with staff.

Groups are invited to come on specific days to be spotlighted:

• Monday- Emergency Management Services;

• Tuesday- elected officials;

• Wednesday- school personnel, parents and students;

• Thursday- businesses, community organizations and churches;

• Friday- community members.

All state recommendations and mandates will be followed in regard to COVID-19.

“The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center is so excited to announce the physical opening of the Marshall County Resiliency Center to the community after only being able to offer telehealth services through the spring,” Executive Director Dr. Mary Foley said.

“We want to show up for our community and its needs in every way we can, especially considering the added stress we have all collectively taken on since the beginning of the pandemic,” she added. “We so look forward to safely meeting those who are looking to access services as well as those who would like to partner with us.”

The center was developed by, and is a program of, the Merryman House to serve as a place of healing to the community after the events of Jan. 23, 2018 at Marshall County High School. The center serves as a free and confidential resource that offers support and care to victims of crime residing in Kentucky’s eight-county Purchase region.

Merryman House believes in the innate resiliency of all people, in sharing resources and tools that strengthen individuals’ ability to empower themselves, to be resilient and heal, and to create meaningful change in their lives. The Marshall County Resiliency Center aims to connect with people to help them access their resiliency, release and transform painful life experiences, and move toward healthy lives.

Providers at the center offer a trauma-informed perspective — with an understanding of the nature of trauma and its impact on the mind, body and spirit.

The Merryman House has five outreach offices located in McCracken, Marshall, Graves, Fulton and Calloway counties and serves in excess of 1,000 victims per year.

For more information contact Foley at 270-443-6001,, or visit the website at