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Center will soon give HOPE to Eminence

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By Collin Overton

A comprehensive resource center in downtown Eminence is in the works.

The HOPE Center, soon-to-be located in the former Theiss Furniture Building at 68 West Broadway, will offer a comprehensive list of services for citizens to overcome addiction and socioeconomic problems. The Tri-County Community Action Agency recently bought the building from owner Jay Hall.

Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said the 11,000 square-foot-facility will be “one of a kind in Kentucky.”

Few facilities offer the variety of services HOPE center would provide, Brent said. This includes recovery programs for addiction, classes for helping young adults transition into the workforce and training and support for people looking to earn their GED or find employment, among other programs.

As a center for diverse resources, the building would house several organizational offices that provide treatment.

Organizations like Centerstone and Celebrate Recovery will offer mental health and addiction counseling, while Kentuckiana Works and Henry County Adult Education provide employment classes and guidance on earning education requirements. The benefit of keeping services under one roof is higher participation and less frustration in finding resources, according to the flyer.

Tri-County CAA will need to make a few renovations before the center can become a reality, however.

The aging building’s roof needs replaced, a job that would cost between $65,000 and $70,000, according to the brochure. Tri-County CAA also needs to install a new HVAC system - $100,000 – and redo the sprinkler system, electric, windows and doors, which would cost around $200,000.

Funding will come mostly through private grants, donations and fundrasing, said Brenda Fox, Tri-County CAA executive director. The agency has just began putting together marketing materials and is currently looking for grant and fundraising opportunities.

Although much is still up in the air, Tri-County CAA hopes the facility will be operational by January 1, Fox said.