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Founded in 1993 in Louisville, Kentucky, Hope Center first opened its doors as an emergency shelter for homeless adults. Throughout the years, Hope Center expanded to include a health clinic, social services, mental health support and transitional housing. In 1996, Hope Center opened a men’s residential treatment program, followed by a substance abuse rehab for women in 2002. Hope Center also provides a dual diagnosis program. Besides providing therapeutic services, Hope Center teaches basic life skills, so that residents can break the cycles of homelessness, rebuild new and fruitful lives, and become viable members of the community.

Accommodations and Food

Hope Center accommodates 200 male clients, with 134 newcomers in a separate building. There are 80 female clients. Men and women reside in gender-specific buildings. Upon arrival, clients can share a room with up to seven other roommates. Further down the road, residents in good standing share semi private rooms. Accommodations include twin beds, drawers and closet space. The 66 men, who have completed the first part of the program, live in the Privett Center, which includes semi-private furnished rooms.

Each building has a separate cafeteria. Clients are fed three hot meals a day, and coffee is included. Long-term clients work in the kitchen, with positions determined by professional culinary staff. Seasoned clients also provide support to newcomers, and help monitor the facilities, assuring that operations run smoothly.

Treatment and Staff

The program length at Hope Center is between six and nine months. An eight-bed non-medical licensed detox facility is available, with around-the-clock supervision. Clients requiring Suboxone or other Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) are referred to a medical facility. Narcotics are not allowed at Hope Center.

The Hope Center recovery program utilizes a 12-step approach, along with a Recovery Dynamics curriculum. There are three phases in the program. The first interval or motivation track includes motivation classes, and attendance at daily 12-step meetings, as well as working the first three steps. Motivation track clients reside in the shelter, and are moved to a primary facility, after they have completed all necessary requirements, and have indicated that they are committed to their recovery.

After the motivation track, which lasts between two weeks and a month, clients enter the first phase, which includes one-hour recovery dynamics classes held from 10 am to 3 pm Mondays through Fridays. In order to graduate, clients must participate in 28 classes, attend daily 12-step meetings, acquire a sponsor and complete all their steps. Additionally they must work at a position, which includes handling laundry, cooking in the kitchen, being a dorm supervisor, or handling clothing, or working as a security guard. Case management and individual therapy are also provided. The curfew is 10:30 pm seven days a week.

By the second phase, men move to the Privett Center. The second phase includes case management, individual therapy, classes, house and 12-step meetings. Clients receive family, legal, financial, vocational and disability supportive services. The curfew is 11 pm seven days a week. Residents have the option of working as assistant staff. They continue their recovery program, participate in relapse prevention groups, teach phase one classes, and after 90 days, are relieved of a curfew.

At Hope Center, a zero tolerance policy is enforced, and random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Clients are expected to be accountable for one another. Residents who relapse are removed from the premises to ensure the safety of the entire facility.


Hope Center offers a GED program from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As a homeless shelter, Hope Center holds up to 800 clients, at any given time. Transitional housing is offered to 44 men, and 40 women. The cost is based on a sliding scale fee.

In Summary

Hope Center is a great option for the many homeless men and women who desperately need substance addiction treatment, but have no viable resources to get care. Not only does Hope Center offer their clients a second chance, but also they provide hands-on guidance so that clients learn to become fruitful members of society.

Hope Center Locations

George Privett Recovery Center for Men
250 W. Loudon Ave
Lexington, KY 40508

Ball-Quantrell Jones Recovery Center for Women
1524 Versailles Rd
Lexington, KY 40504

Hope Center Cost

Free. Reach Hope Center by phone at (859) 225-4673 (men) or (859) 252-2002 (women) or by email. Find Hope Center at Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo

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