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Churchill Downs Incorporated commits $50,000 to Volunteers of America to help women in recovery


Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Derby City Gaming have announced a $50,000 donation to benefit Volunteers of America (VOA).

The funds will be instrumental in building out VOA’s services in Manchester, Kentucky for women in treatment and recovery for substance use disorders. Churchill Downs staff spent the morning volunteering at VOA’s Shelby Street Campus in Louisville and meeting with some of the individuals currently benefiting from VOA’s treatment and recovery program.

“Churchill Downs is committed to serving the men, women, children and families across Kentucky who need our support the most,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the transformative, inspiring work that Volunteers of America is doing on behalf of some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens.”

“This donation will allow us to expand our services beyond Louisville in a significant and lifechanging way,” said Jennifer Hancock, president and CEO of Volunteers of America. “Thanks to Churchill Downs’ generosity, we will be able to assist even more Kentuckians who are struggling with addiction and give them the tools, resources and support they need to get back on their feet.”

VOA’s Freedom House program provides residential treatment for alcohol and drug dependent women who are pregnant and with young children. The program offers individual, group, and family counseling; drug and alcohol dependency education; parenting classes; life skills training; nutrition classes; vocational training and employment services; and childcare services.

Since its creation, more than 100 babies have been born drug-free to women in the program, ensuring a healthy start to their lives.

VOA already operates three Freedom House programs in Louisville and will open a fourth in Manchester on Nov. 25. The residential house will be open to 16 women at a time. The women will also benefit from ongoing recovery support services, including housing and employment, to ensure successful, long-term recovery.

“Volunteers of America continues to play a vital role in addressing addiction in Kentucky, and we are proud to welcome them into the Manchester community,” said Senator Robert Stivers, president of the Kentucky State Senate. “This is great news, not just for the women in our community who are seeking recovery and their children, but for our region as a whole.”

Churchill Downs Incorporated is committed to positively impacting the many communities in which it operates. CDI’s annual corporate giving provides millions of dollars in financial and in-kind contributions to nonprofit entities that assist equine industry-related initiatives, public health and welfare programs and meaningful opportunities in the areas of art, education women’s empowerment.

From Churchill Downs Incorporated


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