Recovery Café Lexington, an emerging member of the national Recovery Café Network, has announced it will establish a local Recovery Community Center (RCC) utilizing approximately $400,000 in grant dollars from the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE). Recovery Café Lexington supports people in recovery from addiction and mental health concerns by providing a healthy space for community and recovery support services.

Recovery Cafe joins Achieving Recovery Together (ART) in Winchester and Shepherd’s House in Nicholasville as new RCCs funded by KORE. Voices of Hope in Lexington, a previous KORE grant recipient, will receive additional funding to support mobile recovery services for outreach to other areas of the city.

“KORE is happy to support the expansion of recovery community centers to build on Kentucky’s infrastructure of support services,” said Dr. Katherine Marks, KORE Project Director. “RCCs provide an array of services that help individuals recover in their own communities by building recovery capital to sustain remission and long-term recovery from substance use disorder. We are grateful for Recovery Café and the City of Lexington for partnering with us to expand access to recovery support services in the Commonwealth.”

In 2019, KORE announced funding awards to six RCCs in Lexington, Louisville, Manchester, Hazard, Newport, and Paducah to provide centralized resources for community-based recovery supports. Since that time, all six centers have opened, linking hundreds of individuals in recovery to various services, including employment support, mutual aid groups, counseling, and networking with others from the recovery community.

The new RCC grantees will receive two cycles of funding utilizing State Opioid Response (SOR) dollars, a federal grant awarded to KORE by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in support of state opioid response efforts. The new centers are expected to open by early-2021.

“Recovery Café Lexington is honored to be a new recipient of KORE funding,” said Joshua Mauldin, Co-Founder and Vice-President of Recovery Café Lexington. “This grant will significantly increase our capacity to serve folks who are struggling with addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness. Our operating hours will more than quadruple as we launch innovative peer-based services aimed at empowering vulnerable folks to find stability through community. We are an organization run by and for people in recovery and we are keenly aware of the ongoing challenges facing our state. We are grateful for this opportunity and hope our work will help Kentucky heal.”

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