A Lexington nonprofit closed its doors last month because of financial woes.
The Brenda D. Cowan Coalition for Kentucky, which focused on programs for female survivors of domestic violence and their children and families, closed April 30. A lawsuit was filed against it not long afterward.
"It was just nothing that we could do," said Karen Trivette, who was the coalition's executive director for years until she resigned and began to volunteer in January.
The coalition housed a learning center and day care and assisted homeless people with housing.
Traditional Bank Incorporated is suing the nonprofit organization for more than $300,000 in unpaid mortgage payments, according to documents filed in Fayette Circuit Court on May 12.
A contract in 2011 said the coalition promised to repay $250,000 by March 16, 2016. A second contract was signed in 2012 for $75,297, which was to be paid in full by 2017.
Trivette said the loans were taken out to continue to provide care for the families and fund the coalition's programs after federal funding had stopped.
But she said she understands the reasons for the lawsuit and says she's been working with the bank and attorneys to ensure that things are handled properly.
The coalition, located at 1364 Devonport Drive, was named in honor of Lexington's first black female firefighter. Cowan was shot and killed in February 2004 while responding to a domestic violence call.