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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An expansion to a Lexington shelter is giving 30 more women a place to sleep.

The Hope Center opened in 2002, giving 56 women permanent housing while recovering from addictions.

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Then, they expanded to 75 beds.

“What we found was the need was far greater,” said Stephanie Raglin of the Hope Center.

Now, the center has expanded again, adding 30 extra beds, giving permanent housing to a total of 105 women at the recovery center, located on Versailles Road.

The expansion also includes a health center and a new cafeteria, which gives the shelter a larger meeting space.

The new additions are much needed as the shelter still has people waiting to get in.

“We still carry a waiting list of up to 4 months even with the expansion, and so I believe in the old addish that ‘if you build it they will come,'” said Raglin. “We hope the day that will never be true, but until now, we still have a great need for it.”

People like Tara A. who went through the program, are thankful for the expansion, knowing it will help so many more women like them.

“I cannot say how grateful I am,” said Tara A. “Words cannot explain what this program does. There is no amount of words for what you all do. You all are saving lives every day.”