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Commentary: Legislation shows Kentuckians path to long-term recovery for substance use disorders

By Ashli Watts and Jennifer Hancock Special to KyForward In communities across Kentucky, substance use disorders have taken a tremendous toll. Every day we are confronted with new data, reports and headlines that remind us of addiction’s staggering ripple effect.   But we cannot forget that behind the numbers, charts, graphs and television clips are real individuals who are suffering. They are our...

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...

Beshear opens Hope Gallery art exhibit; features paintings from Volunteers of America children

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined wife Britainy Beshear, children from Volunteers of America Mid-States and the organization’s President and CEO Jennifer Hancock to open a new Hope Gallery art in Frankfort. The Hope Gallery, located in the main lobby of the Office of the Attorney General in the state Capitol, features paintings from nearly 20 children and infants who are part of the Volunteers...

Face It adds St. Joseph Children’s Home and Volunteers of America as new partners

The Face It Movement has announced St. Joseph Children’s Home and Volunteers of America as its latest partners in the effort to end child abuse and neglect. St. Joe’s serves children from all over Kentucky who have been victims of or witness to severe abuse or neglect. St. Joe’s creates families not only for the kids in the residential treatment program, but also for dozens more children in...