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From the Publisher: HOPE is on the way

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By Jane Ashley Pace

HOPE is on the way.

American Red Cross. Hope Health Clinic. Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center. Centerstone. Kentucky Career Center. Goodwill Industries. These are all great service organizations that help to meet the needs of our area. The problem? None of these have a location inside Henry County. That means in order for those that are in need to get help they have to travel to a surrounding county. Fortunately, that is about to change.

Before I moved here to take over as publisher of the Local and Oldham Era I was the marketing manager of the Lexington Herald-Leader. My favorite part of that job was working with area nonprofits. Over the years, I got a chance to see first-hand what a difference these service organizations can make in a community. I knew I wanted to continue to help such organizations where I could in my new job.

As I began to learn about the organizations here, I was shocked to find that while many serve both of the counties I work in, very few are readily available to Henry County without a drive across county lines, something that isn’t easy if you’re in need of services.

I was also disappointed to find out that United Way doesn’t even include Henry County in its coverage; we have the misfortune of falling right in the middle of the Metro United Way, United Way of the Bluegrass and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that there are some groups inside Henry County that are working hard to serve our community but they can’t meet all the needs.

But, thankfully, more hope is on the way right here inside Henry County.

The HOPE Center, anticipated to open in Eminence later this year, will offer a comprehensive list of services for citizens to overcome addiction and socioeconomic problems. Many of the organizations I listed above will have a presence in this much–needed facility.

A group of strategic and caring community members led by the County Judge’s office and Tri-County Community Action Agency have worked hard to make this dream to better meet the needs of Henry County a reality.

In the fall of 2018 fundraising began with a gala and brought in an impressive $18,000. When they realized the original building graciously donated by Jay Hall needed too many costly improvements for the HOPE Center to call it home they auctioned it off for $41,007. This money allowed them to move forward and purchase the former Dollar General Store in Eminence with Tri-County Community Action Agency signing the loan.

The building is already getting sweat equity put in by area churches and volunteers so that it will be ready to start serving the community.

How can you help? Even with the $59,007 raised so far the loan is for an additional $100,000. You can help pay down this loan in a variety of ways.

There’s the Run for HOPE 5K this Saturday. Registration is only $25 for adults, $10 for students. Not a runner? Walkers are welcome, too. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. at the HOPE Center building so you’ll not only be helping fund the center but get a sneak preview of what’s to come. Stick around afterwards and support the annual HOPE for Recovery Walk to support those in recovery and to remember the ones we’ve lost. Register at runsignup.com/Race/KY/Eminence/5kforHopeEminence.

There will also be opportunities to purchase wall tiles inside the center and another gala is in the works for this fall. The Henry County Area Pastors United for Christ has been very supportive and are currently selling room sponsorships. Of course, just a flat out donation is always welcome.

Don’t have extra cash but still want to help? Ask about how you can participate in one of the work days to get the facility open and ready.

HOPE is on the way and its being carried in to Henry County on the shoulders of a community that cares for each other. Won’t you join us? If you’re interested, reach out to the Henry County Judge-Executive’s Office today to join the crusade for HOPE.