Healing Place Brings on Corporate Supporters, Seeks More

New ad campaign for The Healing Place

If you watch local newscasts, you can’t help but notice a ton of stories about crimes committed by people who are caught up in the despair of alcohol and drug abuse. What doesn’t get the spotlight is the work being done by The Healing Place to help individuals get help for their addictions. The Healing Place just announced it is getting some much-needed corporate support (from Texas Roadhouse and Brown-Forman) to help reach a goal to qualify for a Kresge Grant for its women and chldrens’ campus.

Here’s the organization’s news release:

Louisville, KY (November 14, 2011) — The Healing Place, a nationally recognized drug and alcohol recovery program, needs to raise another $300,000 by December 31 to receive an $800,000 Kresge Grant to complete funding for the women and children’s campus which opened in 2010.

“The Louisville community has responded exceptionally well to this challenge grant and we’re confident people will rally to cause again and help us raise the remaining $300,000 between now and the end of the month,” said The Healing Place President and CEO Jay Davidson. “If 3,000 Louisvillians write a check for
$100 or more, we’ll meet our goal and receive the $800,000 Kresge Grant that will allow for the completion of the women and children’s campus on Hill Street. And if your check is for less than $100, that’s fine, any amount will help.”

During 2011, The Healing Place recovery program and homeless shelter has provided services for record numbers of people, requiring the organization to institute a prioritization for services. This demand for the services has far outpaced the ability to raise funds through traditional methods. Securing the Kresge Grant is
the initial goal of the recently announced a $5 Million Partners for Hope Initiative. Link:  donate today.

Brown-Forman, Texas Roadhouse, Rob Samuels of Maker’s Mark and the Greater Louisville Medical Society have taken a corporate leadership role in the Partners for Hope Initiative which will help complete the Kresge Grant as well as help The Healing Place expand services in Kentucky and surrounding areas to meet the demand.

“Reaching more people who need help and recovery from addiction as well as restoring productive lives will take a citywide effort,” President and CEO Jay Davidson said. “The leadership of the Greater Louisville Medical Society, Texas Roadhouse, Brown-Forman, and Rob Samuels of Maker’s Mark is inspiring other major corporate employers and individuals to join our Partners For Hope Initiative, and we are most grateful.”

Annually The Healing Place saves the Louisville community over $21 million in medical and judicial expenses. “Because of their efforts we have far fewer people living on our streets, in our emergency rooms and in our legal system. This is not only a benefit to our city, but to the countless lives that are being directly
or indirectly touched by their outreach,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “I am proud to know that our corporate and private community is willing to work together to see this program expand and grow to reach this ever increasing population.”

Scott Colosi, President of Texas Roadhouse says “The Healing Place and their programs truly changes lives for the better, and we are honored to become a partner in that work. Texas Roadhouse is a family restaurant, and we believe our family is every member of every community that has a Texas Roadhouse. The Healing
Place brings families back together, and we want to see that effort expand and continue.”

Every day, The Healing Place provides food, clothing, and shelter to over 600 clients at no cost to the client, while offering access to a unique recovery program that provides a long-term solution to addressing addiction. The program restores lives through empowerment, rather than entitlement. It teaches clients the
importance of personal accountability and gives them the tools to be able to navigate the stress in their lives in a healthy way.

“While beverage alcohol can enrich the experience of life for many, we are keenly aware that, when abused, it can result in harm to individuals, families and the community,” says Paul Varga, Brown-Forman’s chief executive officer. “The Healing Place is the perfect partner in Louisville for us to help reduce the abuse of
alcohol and resulting harmful effects, as it has had significant success in freeing their clients from dependency. We are proud to support The Healing Place.”