WHO WE ARE

WHAT WE DO

Our History

The Hope Center’s long history of service to the Lexington community and beyond dates back over 30 years. As we reflect on the milestones of our organization, we look forward to the opportunities ahead to grow our mission and support more people in need.

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Through the Years

1990

Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness issues report titled, “By and For the Community, A Plan Addressing Homelessness in Lexington” with the recommendation to, “establish a 24-hour comprehensive service facility”

1990

1993

Hope Center Emergency Shelter opens at 360 West Loudon Ave
1993

1995

HopeMobile Mobile Outreach Program begins
1995

1996

Recovery Program for Men begins to serve those suffering from substance use disorder
1996

2001

Hillrise Place opens with 40 drug and alcohol-free permanent affordable housing units for men + dual diagnosis program for those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorder begins
2001

2002

Recovery Program for Women and Fayette County Detention Center Recovery Program begin

2002

2005

Recovery Kentucky created under Governor Fletcher using Hope Center recovery programs as a model—all Recovery Kentucky programs include peer support, daily living skills classes and job responsibilities, and establish new behaviors

2005

2008

George Privett Recovery Center opens as the new home for the Recovery Program for Men + first annual Ball Homes Night of Hope event is held at the Lexington Opera House
2008

2010

Barbara H. Rouse House opens with 44 drug and alcohol-free permanent affordable housing units for women
2010

2012

Don & Cathy Jacobs House + Jacobs Hope Cafeteria open
2012

2018

Intensive Outpatient Program begins
2018

2019

Don Ball Campus Center opens with administrative space and 48 drug and alcohol-free permanent affordable studio apartments for men
2019

2023

Ground breaks on new transitional and veterans housing addition to Emergency Shelter
2023