LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A custom RV lives up to its name, providing hope to the region’s homeless, especially at a time when many of the locations where the homeless take refuge are closed or limited because of the coronavirus outbreak.
That means the Hope Center’s HopeMobile team has an even bigger gap to fill.
“Many spaces that serve as a safe place for the homeless have been forced to close their doors temporarily,” said Janice James, interim executive director of the Hope Center. “As we move through uncertain times, the HopeMobile staff provides comfort and care to those in Lexington who need it most. It’s also especially important during these hot summer days.”
Its custom RV, the HopeMobile, is specially equipped to provide food, water and essential services to those experiencing homelessness, hunger and those in need of assistance with healthcare, finances, or finding community resources.
The HopeMobile team, which includes a nurse and a caseworker, reaches out to the homeless and marginally housed in downtown Lexington.
The HopeMobile is parked at Calvary Baptist Church on Mondays, Woodland Christian Church on Tuesdays, Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays, and Broadway Christian Church on Thursdays and Fridays.
Staff members distribute sack lunches, bottled water, hand sanitizer, toiletries and clothing to anyone in need. They also provide referrals for shelter, job training, utility assistance, healthcare and more.
The HopeMobile is accepting donations of:
- Sack lunches
- Bottled water
- Disposable masks
- Small bottles of hand sanitizer
Donations may be dropped off at the Hope Center Men’s Emergency Shelter, 360 W. Loudon Ave. Call the front desk at 859-252-7881 to drop off donated items, or contact Carey Cairo at email@example.com for information.