Praise Laundromat Project via St. Joseph the Worker


16999 Ky Highway 80 E.
Elkhorn City, KY
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 now serve over 12,500 residents and visitors and has become economically self-sufficient. They are doing so well, they are considering expanding their business to include refreshments and a gift shop for tourists.

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 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.