Laptop donations help center provide virtual AA, NA meetings, more needed

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Because peer-to-peer interaction and support are vital to recovery, the Hope Center is offering virtual Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Six laptops, donated by Quantrell Auto Group, allow Hope Center clients to maintain social distancing while allowing them to stay on track with their recovery. Voices of Hope also donated a laptop.

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There are currently 350 men and women in Hope Center recovery programs who are part of the six- to nine-month intensive, residential recovery program. Meetings and classes happen every day as a part of the curriculum.

These donations allow the Hope Center to be creative with technology to help clients stay connected and work their 12-steps curriculum.

“Having the resources to connect our clients to recovery meetings has been a game changer for us,” said Chuck Gilliam, Men’s Recovery Program Director. “There are plenty of virtual meetings that are available almost 24 hours a day. They are keeping our clients connected to the outside recovery community while also allowing us to follow social distancing guidelines.

“We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from our clients. They are able to share their feelings with other recovering addicts and alcoholics who are going through the same thing. We are also using YouTube to watch AA and NA speaker meetings,” Gilliam added.

“It is giving our clients an opportunity to stay connected to those in the community while continuing to work the 12 step process of recovery,” said Stephanie Raglin, Assistant Director at the Recovery Center for Women. “Thank you to the Quantrell Auto Group and the Voices of Hope for helping us to better help our clients.”

To get to virtual meetings, click on the links below and follow the instructions. They will list all 12-step meetings that are available to join while in progress:

In addition, the Hope Center is using the laptops to provide telehealth appointments for physical and mental health needs.

The Hope Center could use two additional laptops for recovery and telehealth. Companies and individuals interested in making a donation should contact Carrie Thayer at cthayer@hopectr.org or 859-509-7110.

More information on how Quantrell Auto Group is responding to the coronavirus and how they are encouraging social distancing, visit this website: https://www.quantrellforlife.com/quantrell-auto-group-health-initiative.htm