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Thanks to the Fayette County Cooperative Extension and Jacqui Denegri for the recent Healthy Choices class at the Women's Recovery Center! This class gives the ladies an opportunity to learn about nutrition, portion control, smart shopping and other habits for a healthy lifestyle! Picture here are Hope Center clients Patricia, Chevay, and Carla, along with teachers Jacqui Denegri and Ashley Spangler. ... See MoreSee Less

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Joe has been with us for nearly two years, and is now a Peer Mentor in the Men's Recovery Program. He's one of the many people at the Hope Center working to reclaim the gifts that were stolen from them by addiction. Read his story here:

"I grew up a geeky, studious kid from a good family in the Bronx. I always excelled academically, but when my parents split when I was thirteen, I began using drugs and alcohol to cope. By the end of high school, I stopped going to class and started hanging out in pool halls and getting high.

From there, life took me many places. All the while, I floated in and out of sobriety and recovery programs, one of which sent me to massage school, where I graduated top of my class. I moved back to New York City, started a massage therapy practice, and earned the nickname “Hands from Heaven” from several of my celebrity clients. After the economy started to decline and 9/11 happened, I lost roughly 95% of my income, and I thought, I’d rather die high than live like this. I tried to commit suicide by overdose, and I prayed before I shot up, “If you want me to live, give me a sign.” I woke up 36 hours later to a phone call from my dad asking me to help him with his business in California. After several years between New York and California, my sister convinced me to come to Kentucky. I saved my money to get an apartment and restart my massage therapy practice, and eventually did. But my addiction caused me to lose it all in six weeks. I got two DUIs in 31 days. I overdosed and the paramedics brought me back to life. I blacked out for five days and went through horrific withdrawals and DTs. I finally realized I needed help. The hospital social worker gave me a list of 35 facilities, and in November 2012, I ended up here at the Hope Center.

I got my massage therapy license back this past May, and I’ve been taking on new clients. Massage therapy is the gift God gave me. But being a peer mentor for the Recovery Program has been the most rewarding job I’ve had outside of massage therapy. I know that helping newly recovered addicts and alcoholics is another God-given gift. The future is wide open. I live in the here and now, because miracles happen here and now. And they happen here every day."
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A great group of volunteers from Ashland Inc. served up lunch to Hope Center clients after touring the Emergency Shelter. Thank you, Ashland, Inc. for all your support! ... See MoreSee Less

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