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Cecil Dunn, executive director of Hope Center for 24 years, plans to step down at year’s end

Cecil Dunn, who has been the executive director of the Hope Center for 24 years, will transition out of the role at the end of this year.Cecil Dunn The Board of Directors will begin to put a plan in place for the transition. “Making this announcement now gives us time to undergo a gradual and smooth transition,” said Cathy Jacobs, Hope Center board chair. “We are so grateful for Cecil’s leadership....

HUD Sec. Ben Carson joins Gov. Bevin, Andy Barr for tours of Lexington’s transitional housing facilities

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, along with U.S. Representative Andy Barr, Governor Matt Bevin and non-profit organization leaders held a roundtable discussion on transitional housing and homelessness prevention in Lexington Thursday. “We have made great progress towards ending homelessness in Lexington and across Kentucky,” said Sec. Carson. “To end homelessness, we...

One Parent Scholar House earns highest five-star rating from Kentucky All Stars

One Parent Scholar House Child Development Center has received a certificate stating their 5 STAR RATING, the highest rating offered, earned through excellent standards met in the Kentucky All STARS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. Such a high rating requires meeting rigorous standards of excellence which support the Child Development Center in increasing kindergarten readiness, creating...

Lexington’s Hope Center provides comprehensive cold-weather assistance to area homeless

The Hope Center’s mission is to help the homeless each and every day of the year. However, during the cold weather months, there are extra needs to be addressed. Here is a list of cold-weather related services provided to our community: Daily Street Outreach: In March 2016, the Hope Center was awarded a three year grant through the Office of Homeless Prevention and Intervention for a Street Outreach...

UK community serves role in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

The week of Nov. 13 – 18 is a time for the University of Kentucky family to come together with the Lexington community and make a positive impact locally by participating in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW). National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held the week before Thanksgiving each year. It is a time to be thankful, while also a time to share compassion with...

Maxwell Magnet School students saw a need, made a plan and took action to help homeless

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Fifth-grader Saudia Muhammad saw a need, made a plan, and took action. That’s a hallmark of her leadership class at Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet School. The result? Fellow students rallied to collect hundreds of toiletries, socks, and other items for her “Care Packages of Love” project. The donations benefitted homeless and other at-risk people passing...

UK students tackle food waste problems, while also helping feed Lexington’s hungry

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing   A new program at University of Kentucky is fostering community outreach to those in need, educating students about hunger and nutrition, and helping the university repurpose its food waste.   The initiative is part of a nationwide program called the Campus Kitchen. Like the recently opened Big Blue Pantry, it is an organization that...

UK students tackle food waste problems, while also helping feed Lexington's hungry

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing   A new program at University of Kentucky is fostering community outreach to those in need, educating students about hunger and nutrition, and helping the university repurpose its food waste.   The initiative is part of a nationwide program called the Campus Kitchen. Like the recently opened Big Blue Pantry, it is an organization that...

Johnny Carino's Hoops for Hope brings together 40 teams at Rupp to benefit shelter

Former Wildcats will join in on Johnny Carino’s Hoops for Hope benefiting Lexington’s homeless shelter Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in Rupp Arena.   “This is a very unique event for the Hope Center, where the community can come together in a special way by shooting baskets at Rupp Arena and at the same time showing their support for those who battle addiction, mental illness...

Art in Unlikely Places: Group’s ‘Future Doors’ project brings art to those who need it most

People at the Christian Health Center take in Caitlin Serey’s work on the Future Doors project. Future Doors was the first project for Art in Unlikely Places, an arts organization launched by a group of UK arts administration students to bring art to Lexingtonians who need it the most. The group has begun seeking community support with their own Kickstarter campaign. (Photo from UKNow)   By...

Mortgage settlement funds will help create affordable housing for Lexington families

More than $750,000 in mortgage settlement funds will be provided to Lexington initiatives that help displaced families, prevent foreclosures and create affordable housing, Mayor Jim Gray and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway have announced.   Attorney General Jack Conway Conway’s office provided funds it recovered after settling a lawsuit with Lender Processing Services Inc. and two...

GoodGiving Guide Challenge 2012 surpasses $400,000 goal, receiving $586,433 in gifts

Staff Report   The Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing’s GoodGiving Guide Challenge reached above and beyond their goal for the 2012 giving campaign – raising a reported $586,433 for the 68 area nonprofits involved in the challenge.   According to a the GoodGiving Guide’s Facebook page, gifts reached $586,433, surpassing their original goal of $400,000....