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

Goodwill Industries

Job Corps

Volunteers of America

Opportunities For Work and Learning

Family support with DCBS

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

*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.