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Life-saving medication for opioid overdoses strategically placed at the Hope Center

April 11, 2022

Special kits with the opioid overdose reversal drug ‘Narcan’ have been installed at the Hope Center locations in Lexington thanks to a partnership with the non-profit ‘Voices of Hope.’

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Narcan: A box of hope for Lexington homeless shelter

February 10, 2022

Advocacy group, ‘Voices of Hope Lex’ sent their mobile unit to donate supplies of Narcan to The Hope Center.

Narcan is like a small box of hope. It is a nasal spray that can quickly block the effects of a drug overdose, and it saves lives in the homeless community.

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Voices of Hope hosts Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Providing help, and hope, to those struggling with addiction

August 23, 2021

Overdose Awareness Day is Saturday from 10-1 to celebrate recovery and celebrate the lives of those we have lost.

August 28,2021

This weekend in Lexington, Voices of Hope is helping the community remember those lost to overdose. 

This is the 8th annual Overdose Awareness Day here in Lexington. 

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Voices of Hope sponsors distribution of opioid emergency kits to local businesses

August 18, 2021

2020 ended with at least 209 overdose deaths, a record number for the city of Lexington.

Now, emergency boxes of Narcan are being installed in businesses in an effort to save lives.

Voices of Hope, a Lexington-based non-profit is sponsoring the distribution of “NaloxBoxes” to a dozen local businesses across central Kentucky.

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Classifying fentanyl analogues emerges as next battle in the perennial 'War on Drugs'

July 9, 2021

“The solution is not to increase penalties or have stricter sentencing. Invariably, that harms people in recovery and harms people who use drugs,” said Alex Elswick, a professor at the University of Kentucky and advocate for people with substance abuse disorders through his non-profit, Voices of Hope.

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New outreach program serving in local communities

A cookout and clothing drive for those in need was held at the Catalina Motel off New Circle Rd. in Lexington Saturday night. Bridge the Gap Lexington didn’t start the cookout outreach until March, but with partnerships like Voices of Hope Lexington and BrightView, events like Saturday are helping between 200-300 people each month.

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Voices of Hope, health department partner on garden

June 8, 2021

Voices of Hope, a local Recovery Community Organization, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department have partnered on a therapeutic garden for clients.
Both organizations recognize the holistic nature of recovery from substance use disorder, including the importance of physical and mental health and social connection.

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Detention Center Partner to Increase Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

May 25, 2021

The University of Kentucky’s $87 million HEALing Communities Study has partnered with Voices of Hope and the Madison County Detention Center to increase access to medication for opioid use disorder for people who are being released from the jail.

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Voices of Hope is expanding outreach efforts in Lexington with the addition of a mobile recovery center.

April 22, 2021

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WATCH The Breakdown | Sam Dick interviews Shelley Elswick, CEO of Voices of Hope

April 22,2021

Voices of Hope takes their mission on the road to serve more than 1,000 in the community. 

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Recovery centers get $1.5 million in grants for opioid fight

January 13, 2021

 Voices of Hope (VOH) Recovery Community Center in Lexington, which had previously received KORE funding in support of its services, will receive a new round of funding to launch mobile recovery support services to more communities within the Lexington, Frankfort, and Louisville areas.

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The Rebound: Support Line available for loved ones of those battling addiction

May 4, 2020

“Probably the most untold story in recovery is the impact on the families, ” said Doug Bruce, a family support specialist with Lexington’s Voices of Hope.”

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Reopening Kentucky: Recovery and Covid-19

April 24, 2020

Larry Fieger, recovery coach for Voices of Hope, joins KET for a discussion about Recovery and Covid-19.

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Hope Made Possible: UK and partners across the Commonwealth Forge pathways out of opioid addiction


“My name is Alex Elswick. And I’m a person in long-term recovery.” Applause breaks out from the audience of policymakers, federal and state officials, clinicians, justice department representatives, substance use researchers
and treatment staff. Elswick, clean-cut in a light gray suit and blue button-down shirt, is in the spotlight at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta.

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Seventh annual Voices of Hope overdose awareness day set for August 24 at Lexington’s Jacobson Park

December 2019

August 9, 2019

Voices of Hope is hosting the seventh annual Overdose Awareness Day event to celebrate recovery and support those impacted by substance use disorder. The event will also offer support to people who have lost loved ones to overdose.

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Voices of Hope's Program Director participates on panel for State of the Commonwealth

May 5, 2019

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 1,400 Kentuckians suffered opioid-related deaths in 2017, a rate that’s almost double the national average.

Joining us to talk about the crisis: Jerod Thomas, president and CEO of Shepherd’s House; Madison County Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor; Amanda Fallin-Bennett, a researcher at the University of Kentucky and a program director at Voices of Hope; and Van Ingram, the executive director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

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UK gets largest grant ever: $87 million to cut opioid deaths in 16 Kentucky counties

April 18, 2019

Also attending the Washington D.C. press conference was Alex Elswick, a 28-year-old Lexington resident in recovery from heroin addiction who recently started Voices of Hope, a non-profit that helps people with opioid use disorder. Elswick said in his long journey to recovery he was never offered medication assisted therapy.

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Voices of Hope Opens New Recovery Center in Downtown Lexington

January 17, 2018

Voices of Hope, a local Recovery Community organization, has opened a Recovery Community Center in downtown Lexington. 

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Voices of Hope Shares New Employment Readiness Program

November 20, 2018

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Dr. Fallin-Bennett of Voices of Hope on Recovery Radio

September 14, 2018

On today’s episode, we will be talking with Amanda Fallin. Amanda will be discussing Voices of Hope, a recovery community organization. She will also be discussing her research about women using tobacco along with a substance use disorder. She is bringing more attention to issues within the recovery field, and letting individuals know how they can become involved with Voices of Hope. To learn more about Amanda Fallin and her talented past, tune in and lets grow in knowledge together.

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Voice of Hope Lydia Hall and co-founder of Voices of Hope Alex Elswick talk with WTVQ36 about Telephone Recovery Support

September 3, 2018


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August 23, 2018

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Healthy Times Episode 48:  Voices of Hope

July 25, 2018

On this episode, we are joined by Shelley Elswick, co-founder of Voices of Hope, and Chelsea Nolan, a local musician that is performing at Overdose Awareness Day.

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AT&T provides Aspire initiative grant for scholarships to Voices of Hope students in long-term recovery

Jun 30th, 2018

“Thanks to AT&T we are in a position to expand our scholarship opportunities for central Kentucky students impacted by addiction,” said Amanda Fallin-Bennett, vice president, Voices for Hope.

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Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton honors state's volunteers with Governor's service awards

May 30, 2018

Co-Founder Alex Elswick receives a 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award 

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Sometimes People Just Want to be Heard

April 24, 2018

Listen to this NPR broadcast about Telephone Recovery Support!

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UK Spotlight on Recovery

January 08, 2018

Board Member and Co-Founder Alex Elswick will be recognized at the UK basketball game tomorrow for his dedication to promoting long-term recovery.

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Copy Of -Waiting For A Plan: No Action On Opioid Crisis Nearly A Month After Trump’s “Emergency”

September 07, 2017

Board member Steve Shannon discusses the federal government’s response to Trump’s emergency declaration.

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Voices Of Hope on WEKU

August 24, 2017

On this week’s Eastern Standard we’ll discuss opioid addiction, overdoses and recovery and meet some of the “Voices of Recovery and Hope” in Central Kentucky.   Our guests will be: Shelley Elswick, president and co-founder of  Voices of Hope; Ashley Evans, scholarship recipient from Voices of Hope, studying to pursue a career as an addiction counselor; and Aaron Payne, reporter covering the opioid epidemic for the Ohio Valley ReSource.

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Community Partnership Program Helps Women in Recovery Replace Cigarettes with Sweat

July 13, 2017

Co-Founder Dr. Amanda Fallin-Bennett a tobacco control researcher in the UK College of Nursing and a primary investigator on the GFAQ program, partnered with the Chrysalis House to conduct pilot research on the barriers to tobacco treatment and cessation specifically for women in addiction rehabilitation programs.

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Person in long-term recovery warns about narcotic problem

June 15, 2017

Co-Founder Alex Elswick shares his story  and the need for recovery language in Scott County.

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NPR's Conversations From The Lexington StoryCorps Booth

May 09, 2017

Voices Of Hope co-founder, Alex, talks with his mother Shelley Elswick about hitting rock bottom, the toll his addiction took on their family, and the long and rocky road to recovery.

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Alex Elswick on panel with US AG Loretta Lynch

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Voices Of Hope Co-Founder Alex Elswick makes newpapers across the nation describing his participation on a panel with the United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Learn More

Person in longterm recovery, Alex Elswick, puts face on Kentucky Senate heroin bill

January 08, 2015

Co-Founder, Alex Elswick, testifies for SB 192.

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Grieving an Overdose: Kentucky Mom Finds Healing

May 3, 2021

Alex Elswick describes Voices of Hope’s grief group as a destigmatized space where family members can come together to talk about and work through the reality of grief they’re dealing with. 

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Voices of Hope Recovery Coach discusses SMART support meetings

April 21, 2021

Tim Burton shares good news about the recovery work he is doing he is doing in Ashland, Kentucky. 

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UK hosting free virtual town hall on consequences of the war on drugs

January 14, 2021

The University of Kentucky and Voices of Hope are sponsoring a free virtual town hall, “Undoing the Harmful Legacy of the War on Drugs: A Focus on Communities of Color,” 

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Addiction Recovery Continues Virtually, Voices of Hope Expands Services

April 29, 2020

Dr. Fallin-Bennett says while there have been challenges, they’ve been able to continue services for those who need them, just with a different approach, “Things are certainly changing in terms of the way we’re delivering during this pandemic.”

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Addiction recovery happens in community. COVID-19 is making that very hard.

April 13, 2020

“Coronavirus is scary for all of us, but people with substance use disorders are really vulnerable,” Dr. Amanda Fallin-Bennett said. “Recovery support services rely on connection.”

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Recovery group opens doors to game night, offers free HIV, Hep-C testing

January 29,2019

 Voices of Hope, an organization helping people in recovery stay in recovery, aims to create a community. But their recovery coaching sometimes adds a twist… they create a fun atmosphere.


Voices of Hope, KORE: Recovery Innovations Being Funded In The Bluegrass

July 12,2019

Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Voices of Hope in a vibrant blue, Ethan Hawes pushes their straight black hair over a shoulder and starts to work making phone calls under the steady gaze of a plush hedgehog on the corner of the desk. “Hi, this is Ethan calling from Voices of Hope. How are you doing today?”


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Voices of Hope's Alex Elswick shares the stage with President Trump

April 24, 2019

A Lexington man shared the stage with President Donald Trump to tell his story of addiction and recovery at a drug abuse summit in Atlanta.  The two men spoke at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit on Wednesday.

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A Major Grant Will Help Many Groups Fight Opioid Epidemic

April 19, 2019

Anna Ross and Amanda Fallin-Bennet discuss the $1.5M grant to Voices of Hope and the impact it will have on the community. 

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Alex Elswick and Anna Ross Discuss New Recovery Center

January 9,2019

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Lexington Addiction Recovery Community Will Get Federal Dollars

October 11,2018

Thursday, co-founders and board members of Lexington addiction recovery community, Voices of Hope, celebrated a federal grant with Congressman Andy Barr and Van Ingram, Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

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Hundreds Gather for Annual Overdose Awareness Event

August 25, 2018

Saturday afternoon, out at Jacobson Park, hundreds came together for the 6th Annual Overdose Awareness Event hosted by Voices of Hope. The event has continued to grow over the years, with close to 600 people attending last year alone.

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Co-founder, Dr. Amanda Fallin-Bennett, and awesome Voices of Hope volunteer Liz Lewis, RN talk with WTVQ about overdose response. 

August 14, 2018

“This year, our observation of Overdose Awareness Day will be Aug 25th at 10 AM at Jacobson Park Shelter #6. The state harm reduction mobile pharmacy and pharmacists will be conducting training on overdose response as well as distributing naloxone.”

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Professor, Assistant Professor Receive Award from National Institute on Drug Abuse 

July 2, 2018

Kristin Ashford, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAAN, professor, and Amanda Fallin-Bennett, PhD, RN, assistant professor, received an R34 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse  entitled “Behavioral and Enhanced Perinatal Intervention for Cessation (B-EPIC): Reducing Tobacco use among Opioid Addicted Women.”   Read more about why we are proud of our board members!

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Voices of Hope Launches Telephone Recovery Support Program

May 21, 2018

Read about a new program that serves as an evidence based peer support service. 

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Voices of Hope at USDA Roundtable for Opioids

May 9, 2018

Voices of Hope participates in USDA’s Opioid Roundtable.

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President's Declaration of Opioid Emergency on Eastern Standard

November 09, 2017

Alex Elswick, co-founder of Voices of Hope Lexington, joined John Hingsbergen today in the studio at 88.9 WEKU. Have a listen!

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5th Annual Overdose Awareness Day

August 26, 2017

“It’s really more about pointing people and educating people towards the resources that are available,” Director of Voices of Hope, Sharon Tankersley said.  Motivational speaker and former UK Wildcat Rex Chapman, stopped by Saturday morning to talk about his struggles with addiction. He says event’s such as this one, makes a difference.

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Survivors of substance use disorder herald new Kentucky laws aimed at opioid crisis at Capitol ceremony

August 17, 2017

Co-founder Alex Elswick is invited by Governor Bevin to speak for the signing of senate bill 333.

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Language Matters When Talking Addiction

June 22, 2017

Addict? That word is like nails on a chalkboard.  Read on to see how we might better refer to people in recovery.

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Voices of Hope Offers Scholarship to Support Student in Long-term Recovery

March 02, 2017

 Voices of Hope, a Lexington-based advocacy group for people impacted by addiction, will award an academic scholarship to a student in long-term recovery who is pursuing post-secondary education in Central Kentucky.

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Elswick family shares story of hope

February 02, 2017

Co-Founders Shelley and Alex Elswick shared their story of hope for recovery from addiction during the Lexington Forum.

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2016 Overdose Awareness Day

August 27, 2016

Nearly 500 people gathered August 27, 2016 in Jacobson Park. We shared laughter…and tears.  We paid tribute to lost loved ones and celebrated those in recovery.  What a powerful statement about the value of every single life, and about what happens when communities come together.  Thanks to all who played a part!

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Herald Leader Announces GetHelpLex

February 16, 2016

New website helps addicts find treatment in Kentucky. Kentuckians struggling with drug addiction have a new online tool to help them find treatment. is a free interactive website that includes information on 130 Kentucky providers.

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2015 Overdose Awareness Day

August 27, 2015

Saturday’s event at Jacobson Park will have a live painter, people in recovery speaking about their journeys and a silent memorial walk to a newly planted tree at the park. Shelley Elswick is one of the organizers of Saturday’s event — a part of International Overdose Day. “This is not something that if it was personal to me, I would wake up in the morning and think about it all day,” she said. Elswick’s son, Alex, is now almost two years in recovery from a heroin addiction. “It’s about allowing families who have had to keep their loved ones death under wraps a chance to know that this community grieves with them,” Elswick said. Medical professionals will also be at the event to hand out prescriptions for Narcan, a drug that will reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

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Voices of Hope sponsors distribution of opioid emergency kits to local businesses

Voices of Hope sponsors distribution of opioid emergency kits to local businesses