Who is CAL Murray ?
A decade following the opening of the Louisville office, CAL was given funding to hire Peer Support Specialists that worked in remote parts of the state keeping individuals with disabilities informed and assisting where they were able. After being approached with the funding to open a satellite office, CAL Murray opened in 1994 utilizing one of those support specialists as its first office manager. For more than 25 years the Murray Office has served the needs of individuals in the Purchase region of far Western Kentucky. These counties include Hickman, Calloway, Graves, McCracken, Marshall, Ballard, Fulton, and Carlisle. We provide core services and otherwise, answering the questions and fulfilling the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Meet the Murray Staff!
Services and Special Programs at CAL Murray
Accessible Murray is a public campaign that aims to make Murray a more disability friendly community. Accessible Murray would be governed by a panel that would include representatives from the Center for Accessible Living, and other agencies, places of business, city and county officials, and places of worship.
Accessible Murray has the goals of:
1. Recognizing places of public accommodation that
a. Comply with the ADA.
b. Exceed the requirements of the ADA to make Murray a more disability friendly community.
2. Promoting education and awareness regarding the disability community in Murray.
Accessible Murray would have a two tiered recognition system for places of public accommodation that meet the two previously mentioned goals of ADA compliance and exceeding the requirements of the ADA. Businesses would have the opportunity to request that their place of business be surveyed to check for ADA compliance. Those businesses that comply would then be rewarded with a sticker or sign saying something along the lines of “We welcome people with disabilities.”
In order to be recognized as exceeding the basic requirements of the ADA in promoting accessibility, businesses may be nominated or self-nominate themselves for further review. The panel would meet, perhaps quarterly, to agree on whether or not this business should receive the higher level of distinction. Examples of excellence would include actively seeking out and hiring people with disabilities, serving on the panel of Accessible Murray, exceeding basic ADA requirements (such as installing a button for an automatic door or making bathroom doors easier to open, close, and lock from chair height), conducting their own events for outreach or educational purposes, or providing ADA training for their employees. The stickers that correlate with this tier would read something like “We are disability friendly partners with Accessible Murray.” This organization would also receive the first sticker.
To nominate a local business or to find out more information please call our office at (888)261-6194.
Local businesses surveyed and awarded by Accessible Murray include but are not limited to:
Murray Tractor Supply
Purchase Area Development District
Murray Chamber of Commerce
This peer support group was first started by CAL Bowling Green. The idea is that women with disabilities can get together and talk about different things, have some fun, and support each other. CAL Murray has its own version. Topics are chosen by the ladies that participate with the group. SOUL is currently meeting virtually every 3rd Thursday at 6pm Central/7pm Eastern and any lady regardless of location is welcome to participate.
Please visit our Facebook group for more information.
Ramp Builders Program
The Rampbuilders Program provides custom-designed home access ramps and railings that are to ADA code for persons with disabilities. Reputable and experienced volunteers installs the ramp. Maintenance and painting or staining is the responsibility of the ramp owner.
- Must reside in Calloway County and own the home/property where the ramp is being built.
- Must meet income eligibility criteria, call the office for details.
- Must become a consumer with our agency.
Ramp Building Process
- An individual from CAL staff will complete a prescreening process to determine individual needs and if they meet general requirements.
- The individual is placed on a waiting list until they can be matched with a volunteer(s).
- An individual from our staff will come out, measure, take pictures of the property, and complete intake paperwork.
- Once matched with the volunteer, they come out to complete a drawing and get an estimate of materials through Murray Lumber.
- Upon CAL approval they will then build the ramp.
- An individual from our staff will come and inspect the work to make sure the homeowner is satisfied.
- Ramps are completed during the optimal time for doing so, based on weather, funding, and volunteer’s time. Projects are usually completed between April -September.
Equipment Loan and Supplement Program
Anyone who lives in Calloway County can get equipment on loan. Loans are given for a period of 6 weeks, but can be extended if there is not a waiting list for equipment. Equipment must be returned clean and in the condition it was given. Borrower is responsible if equipment becomes lost or stolen and also for transport.
Some Items Available Include:
- Wheelchairs, Walkers, and Canes.
- Bath benches.
- Portable ramps (By appointment only. The individual must complete intake, becoming a consumer with our agency.)
- Bedside Commodes.
Gifts on some items provided every 6 months after meeting income guidelines.
Some Items Available Include:
- Dressing sticks, grab bars, reachers, shoe horns and sock aids.
- Nutritional supplement drinks.
- MCTA bus passes (employment, volunteer, and medical needs).
- Incontinence supplies.
Call (270) 753-7676 for a full list of what’s available
Contact the Staff at CAL Murray
Murray Office Extensions
Carrissa Johnson 2
Satellite Office Director
Sherry Adams 1
Valerie Leathers 5
Independent Living Specialist
David Barnes 3
Independent Living Specialist