Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Breaks Ground on First Recovery Kentucky Development
Women’s Addiction Recovery Manor will provide hope and support to thousands of women in western Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and several guests broke ground in Henderson today on the first of many recovery centers that will simultaneously reduce the state’s drug and homeless problems. The Women’s Addiction Recovery Manor (W.A.R.M.) will be located on McKinley Street and will provide counseling, support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
The development is part of Governor Fletcher’s Recovery Kentucky initiative – a joint effort by the Governor’s Office for Local Development, the Department of Corrections, the Office of Drug Control Policy and Kentucky Housing Corporation – to build housing recovery centers across the state. As transitional supportive housing developments, each center will use a recovery program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living.
“It is unfortunate that the jaws of addiction and homelessness grip so many of our Kentucky citizens,” said Governor Fletcher. “Recovery centers are the first step in easing the hold that drugs and alcohol have on the life of these addicts, releasing them to enjoy a drug-free lifestyle. These centers not only offer the hope of full recovery, but produce graduates that have the skills necessary to be productive citizens.”
This type of supportive housing and recovery program is proven to help people who face the most complex challenges to live more stable and productive lives. It has been demonstrated successfully by both The Hope Center in Lexington and The Healing Place in Louisville and was named “A Model That Works” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
W.A.R.M., which will be developed by The Shelter for Women and Children, Inc. with help from Wabuck Development Company, Inc., will serve as many as 100 women at a time.
Without a stable place to live and a support system to help them address their underlying problems, most homeless people who also suffer from substance abuse and addiction bounce around from shelters, public hospitals, psychiatric institutions and detoxification centers. While the chronically homeless only represent one-quarter of the homeless population, they consume over 50 percent of homeless resources. It is estimated that the Recovery Kentucky initiative will save Kentuckians millions in tax dollars that would have been spent on emergency room visits and jail costs.
“Our intent is to take homeless policy from the old idea of funding programs that serve homeless people endlessly and invest in results that actually end homelessness,” said Philip Mangano, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, who spoke at the groundbreaking.