Mary Kendall Independent Living Program Owensboro, Ky

For Independent Living Program Admission Criteria click here.

The Owensboro Mary Kendall Campus- Independent Living Program (MKC-ILP) is a close-knit, all-female program for young adults who welcome support as they transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency. We offer around the clock skilled, nurturing staff who invests their time and assistance mentoring young adults in targeted life skills.

Our options include:

  • On-site, dorm style pre-ILP for ages 16 ½ - 19 year-old youth who are completing high school*
  • Off-site apartment in the Owensboro/Daviess County community for 18 - 21 yrs. old high school graduates

Both options offer staff supports with necessary independent living skills, including:
  • Monthly stipend for groceries and hygiene/personal items
  • Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment
  • Parenting skills (babies/children may be placed with their mother)
  • Vocational/post-Secondary Education Planning, including financial aid and ACT/SAT preparation, application process
  • Employment education (including building resumes, job interviews, and job placement)
  • Banking and Budgeting
  • Referral to community agencies (includes career/vocation, health, mental, and spiritual referrals)
  • Weekly case management
  • On campus individual therapy/group meetings
  • Weekly meal-prep, grocery shopping and cooking groups
  • Support toward progressing self-sufficiency
  • Transportation assistance
  • On call crisis availability
  • Individualized service plan
  • Social activities and events
  • Aftercare monitoring and support


Teens learn cooking skills inside a shared apartment.

Because our youth have a wide range of individual needs and circumstances, we coordinate services with other federal, state and local agencies engaged in similar activities:

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation ovr.ky.gov

Goodwill Industries www.goodwillky.org

Job Corps www.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx

Volunteers of America www.voaky.org

Opportunities For Work and Learning www.owlinc.net

Family support with DCBS chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs

We are currently only able to serve youth committed to the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS). If you are a youth who is no longer committed or a person working with a youth no longer committed, you can contact the Statewide ILP Coordinator for information specific to you, 1-800-232-5437, or Chafee.ILP@ky.gov


*Committed or previously committed to the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) or the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). 16 yr. olds must receive approval through DCBS/Frankfort for admission before the age of 17.