Lexington addiction recovery center honors founder, celebrates 30 years

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An organization in Lexington dedicated to helping people in recovery celebrated 30 years Thursday.

The milestone brought out dozens who not only acknowledged the great work the Shepherd’s House has done over the years, but the man who started it all – Fred Hood.

Speakers said Hood’s son struggled with addiction, and he saw the need for a program to help with recovery in Lexington.

Thursday, the center was named in Hood’s honor and Mayor Linda Gorton dedicated the day to him.

The organization’s CEO, Jerod Thomas, said he’s thankful for Hood and to be able to help people in the same spot he was once in.

“Took me 20-something years to get a year sober,” Thomas said. “It has become everything I am. It’s become my mission, my wife’s mission, my staff member’s mission, my board’s mission.”

Shepherd’s House helps hundreds across five Kentucky counties

Speakers stressed if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don’t feel ashamed and call for help.