LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Hope Center, dedicated to help homeless people every day of the year, is providing additional services to those left outside as temperatures fall.
A press release from the organization highlights four services of particular value as winter weather approaches:
- Daily Street Outreach: In March 2016, the Hope Center was awarded a three year grant through the Office of Homeless Prevention and Intervention for a Street Outreach caseworker who goes directly to those who are not coming in to shelters for help including those living under bridges, in city parks, abandoned homes and other unfit living conditions. During these cold weather months, caseworkers go directly to homeless individuals, talking to them about the cold, offering rides to shelter. Caseworkers also have a supply of gloves, hats, clothing, blankets, food, and other needed items, if individuals choose not to come in for help.
- Emergency Shelter Services: Any man can come to the Emergency Shelter at 360 West Loudon Avenue at any time of the day for shelter, clothing, meals, medical care, laundry facilities and a professional caseworker to help them address the reasons they are battling homelessness. The Hope Center has overflow facilities to prevent space from being an issue. Addiction recovery, mental health, social service and employment programs are offered to anyone who needs them.
- Cold Patrol: During frigid temperatures, trained HopeMobile and Hope Center staff are out on the streets in the evening hours to provide rides to shelter, clothing, blankets and food. Staff also works with the Lexington Police Department so they are aware of those who are not willing to come in during the cold.
- HopeMobile: A mobile outreach RV is also in downtown Lexington each day with a nurse on-board, plus cold weather supplies and sack lunches for those in need.
Hope Center provides emergency shelter, food, and clothing 365 days a year to help the homeless and those with addiction and mental health issues, get off the street and stay off the street. To meet those needs, the Hope Center has programs that deal with recovery from addiction (for men and women), mental health issues, employment assistance, transitional housing, social services, a free health clinic, permanent housing, street outreach and the Hope Mobile (mobile outreach). Over 700 clients are helped and housed by Hope Center programs every day.
See www.hopectr.org for more information.