Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) — Thursday was the Ball Homes Night of Hope, the largest fundraiser for Lexington’s Hope Center. The Hope Center provides shelter for the homeless, and recovery programs for those battling addiction; between all of its programs, it houses 800 people a night.
The keynote speaker for the Night of Hope was former CNN, MSNBC, The Blaze and Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue. Dhue says she struggled with alcoholism behind the scenes for 18 years. “I think people seeing me on camera saw someone who had her act together, who seemingly had it all,” says Dhue. “Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Those of us who suffer from addiction are extremely good at hiding it. I was that way until I couldn’t take it anymore. I thought, ‘I’m going to die,’ if I keep drinking and using drugs the way I am now.”
Dhue says more than 23 million people suffer from addiction and another 23 million are in recovery in the U.S.
Staff from the Hope Center says its mission is to address the underlying causes of homelessness, and to help rebuild each client rebuild their life. Dhue urged people suffering from addiction to reach out to programs like the Hope Center. Its address is 360 W. Loudon Avenue. It can be reached at (859)252-7881.