Hope Center garden provides more than just food for clients

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) –  The garden at the Hope Center’s George Privett Recovery Center for Men provides more than fresh produce.

It offers an added therapeutic and holistic element to the Men’s Recovery Program clients, who plant and tend the garden.

“Working and tending to the garden helps create a sense of purpose, encourages compassion and teaches patience,” said Chuck Gilliam, director at the Men’s Recovery Program, who spearheads the garden project every year. “I see firsthand the excitement and the benefits it offers our clients.”

Studies have shown gardening reduces depression, anxiety and stress. In addition, gardening with other people also improves self-esteem and general health.

Fruits and vegetables are used in both the Men’s Recovery cafeteria and at the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria offering some great nourishment for Hope Center clients.

Recently, Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment in Casey County donated raised bed planters, which will allow for even more variety of produce this year.

The garden is still in need of items. To make a donation, drop off the following items anytime to the Privett Center at 250 W. Loudon (call 859-225-4673 upon arrival and someone will come to the car to retrieve donation):

  • Seeds (both vegetable and melon)
  • Tomato starter plants
  • Soil for the new raised beds

If you can’t make it to the Privett Center, visit hopectr.org and designate your donation to the garden.

Hope Center provides emergency shelter, food, and clothing 365 days a year to help the homeless and those with substance abuse disorder 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 and the Hope Mobile (mobile outreach).

The Hope Center provides more than 38,000 meals, 24,000 nights of lodging, 800 healthcare services, and 4,000 articles of clothing each month.

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