New outreach program serving in local communities

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bridge the Gap Lexington is a new organization to help those in extreme poverty and people in the addiction community. It says it takes community outreach directly where help is needed instead of asking people to come to them.

A cookout and clothing drive for those in need was held at the Catalina Motel off New Circle Rd. in Lexington Saturday night. Bridge the Gap Lexington didn’t start the cookout outreach until March, but with partnerships like Voices of Hope Lexington and BrightView, events like Saturday are helping between 200-300 people each month. Organizers say a free home-cooked meal is offered every month as well as a clothing “shop” where people can take what they need at no cost.

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“Everywhere, every time we’ve come, it has been a sense of welcoming,” says volunteer Kim Drummond. “We often come to places where people avoid because they’re scared of whatever reputation but that is not the heart of the people that we find here, ever.”

According to the organization, Bridge the Gap is looking to expand into Newport soon. For more information on volunteering and serving these communities, visit bridgethegapky.org.