Praise Laundromat Project via the Catholic Diocese of Lexington


United States


Praise Laundromat is a microbusiness laundromat established to employ local residents, boost the economy, provide a community center and laundry facility in a depressed coal-mining town in Appalachia. They serve over 12,500 residents and visitors.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Praise Laundromat microenterprise project is to create jobs for unemployed Kentucky residents while providing access to laundry services for townspeople, neighbors, and visitors.


Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. Praise Laundromat was a project that developed through St. Joseph the Worker (now the Catholic Diocese of Lexington) and one of our own family members. They saw a need in their community and provided a sustainable solution to not only fill that need but also contribute to the local economy. The Skees Family Foundation grants were directed toward start-up costs of the small laundromat, which is now economically self-sufficient. Read how we got connected with this small town feeling the effects of economic recession and coal-mining hazards, and whose idea it was to turn an abandoned building into a neighborhood hub.



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