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Positively LEX 18: Hope Center receives anonymous donation to help house men during cold, COVID

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Posted at 9:32 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-02 11:53:05-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Hope Center in Lexington received a generous donation from an anonymous donor just in the nick of time last week.

Janice James, interim executive director of the shelter and recovery center, said that two mobile bedding trailers arrived just before frigid temperatures and winter storms swept the Bluegrass.

“This space was greatly needed due to COVID – especially with the cold temperature,” James said. “The timing was excellent. We have had to creatively space out sleeping arrangements for all clients, but the emergency shelter is the most difficult as we never know how many men will need shelter. However, we always know the number goes up as the temperature goes down. We greatly appreciate this generosity. It is truly life-saving.”

Each trailer sleeps 14 men with private bunks, storage space and a bathroom.

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The trailers will be used for warming shelter and emergency shelter clients and allows the Hope Center to provide shelter with increased social distancing.

James said It will reduce the likelihood of someone bringing COVID-19 into the shelter and assist with quarantining and isolation as needed.

Future uses will shift as space needs are determined.