LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2012) — Ford Motor Company Fund and area Ford and Lincoln Dealer’s Operation Goodwill presented the Hope Center with a check for $10,000 today to assist the Hope Center Emergency Homeless Shelter and Recovery Programs.
“We are grateful to partner with the area Ford and Lincoln dealers,” said Don Ball, chairman of the Hope Center Board. “Their Operation Goodwill effort is an effective initiative to assist worthy programs and to better our community.”
Operation Goodwill is a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and area Ford and Lincoln Dealers created to address important community needs, said Matt Geyer, Ford Sales Zone Manager for the Cincinnati Region.
“For 2012 Ford and its dealers have identified health and wellness and the homeless and hungry as priorities,” he said. “Since 2005, Ford had donated about $275,000 to Lexington area nonprofit organizations.”
The Hope Center provides emergency shelter, food and clothing 365 days a year to help the homeless and those with addiction and mental health issues, get off the street and stay off the street. To meet those needs, the Hope Center has programs that deal with recovery from addiction (for men and women), mental health issues, employment assistance, transitional housing, social services, a free health clinic, permanent housing and the Hope Mobile (mobile outreach). The Hope Center provides more than 25,000 meals, 10,000 nights of lodging, 700 healthcare services and 3,000 articles of clothing each month.