Brenda Cowan Coalition for Kentucky, formerly YWCA of Lexington, files for bankruptcy

jwarren@herald-leader.comAugust 1, 2014 

Brenda Cowan, Lexington's first black female firefighter, was killed in February 2004.


The nonprofit Brenda D. Cowan Coalition for Kentucky Inc., which closed at the end of April, has filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

In papers filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Lexington on Wednesday, the organization said it has between one and 49 creditors, with estimated liabilities of between $100,001 and $500,000.

Information filed in court so far is sketchy, but the paperwork lists Traditional Bank of Mount Sterling as having secured claims against the coalition totaling $327,000.

Traditional Bank sued the Cowan Coalition in Fayette Circuit Court in May, seeking more than $300,000 in delinquent mortgage payments.

The nonprofit organization began life as the YWCA of Lexington, but it switched its name in 2005 to the Brenda D. Cowan Coalition for Kentucky Inc.

Brenda Cowan, Lexington's first black female firefighter, was shot and killed in February 2004 while responding to a domestic-violence call in Lexington.

The organization provided various programs to assist female survivors of domestic violence and their children and families.

At its peak, the coalition housed a learning center and a day care, and it assisted homeless people with housing.

Karen Trivette, who resigned as the coalition's executive director in January, said the organization had taken out loans to continue to provide assistance after its federal funding stopped.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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