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Amy Brown is a former member of the UK Choristers, Chorale, and Sophisticates. She began studying piano with her mother, Helen Brown, then teaching piano lessons and playing for her Father Bob Brown’s church when she was 15 years old. She played for her first funeral at Milward Funeral Directors when she was just 16 years old. Today, 38 years later, she is still doing all three of those jobs. While at UK, Amy studied voice with Phyllis Jenness and organ from Dr. Schuyler Robinson. She states “My entire life has been formed by amazing music teachers beginning with my mother, Helen Brown, and culminating with Sara Holroyd. The skills I learned from singing under her baton prepared me for many years of directing church choirs and the Bryan Station High School choirs.” Amy taught music at Bryan Station High School and at Harrison Elementary from 2005-2016.
In addition to her musical duties, Amy is now the full-time manager of the Bob Brown House, a home for special needs folks in Lexington KY. This is her pride and joy. Her father, the late Bob W. Brown, had a vision in the 1970’s for a safe, affordable place where mentally/physically challenged people could live independently. The doors of Bob Brown House first opened in Lexington, Kentucky in 1975 as the Bob W. Brown Housing for the Handicapped. The purpose was to provide an independent living experience for low income physically and mentally challenged adults. Rent is based on income as most of the residents could not afford to live in traditional housing or other homes for the physically or mentally challenged. The Bob Brown House opened with 14 apartments and is now celebrating more than 40 years of community service. It is a unique opportunity for physically and mentally challenged individuals to live independently and safely in a protected environment.
In February of 2016, The Bob Brown House received a grant from the city of Lexington’s Affordable Housing Fund for $250,000 to renovate, repair and restore their facility. The scope of that work included a new roof, new privacy fence, new landscaping, new security cameras, an alarm system, and a new HVAC system in all the apartments. The apartments also received new carpet, tile, lighting, paint, a new toilet, shower, sink and vanity. Plans are made and funds are being raised to expand services at their present location by adding 24 more apartments. Not only are they expanding in Lexington, but they have also made an offer on a home on 8 acres in Clark County. There is a huge need throughout Kentucky for independent living opportunities for special needs folks. It is exciting and fulfilling to know the Bob Brown House is taking steps to meet this need.
The Bob Brown House survives partially on the kindness of donations and supporters of this important effort. Many items are in constant need and anyone is welcome at any time to stop by and donate items. These items include: coffee supplies, canned foods, potato chips, peanut butter, crackers, snacks, canned meats, condiments, rice, toiletries, paper towels, trash bags, laundry detergent, fresh meats, dairy products, fruits & vegetables, and bread.
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