LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – On Friday, the kitchen at the Hope Center’s Recovery Center for Women in Lexington erupted into flames leaving it completely destroyed.
The fire caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage, leaving the kitchen unusable at a minimum for two to three weeks.
The organization is now calling for food donations to help serve its clients until things are back to normal.
“In the interim, that’s where are really going to have some need from the community,” said Director of Development for the Hope Center Katie Vogel. “Those continued donations because right now we don’t know how long we are going to be out of a kitchen. It could be two weeks, it could be three, it could be longer. So as soon as the insurance assessment is finalized and then we are able to get in there and make repairs we will get the kitchen up and running.”
Throughout the week, the community has been immensely helpful according to Vogel. Many have donated food, water, and some have even donated catered dinners for the 100 or so women who utilize the Hope Center on a daily basis. For that help, the Organization is immensely grateful.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support for the way you have come and brought water, bought food, found a way to cater a meal for our clients and stepped up with financial contributions as well, we cannot be more grateful for that,” Vogel said. “We literally run on the support of the community and are able to do our good work because of that.”
If you are considering donating to the Hope Center during this time, but are unsure what items are best to donate and what’ll help the organization the most, here are some ideas:
“Bottled water, pop tarts, and even breakfast items like oatmeal,” said Vogel. “We do have microwaves on site that we can use for instant meals. Or just things like snack cakes so for an afternoon snack here and there.”
If you are still on the fence about whether or not to donate to the Hope Center, here is Vogel’s best pitch.
“We do three meals a day for 100 women and really we are looking to alleviate any challenge or hurdle for meeting basic needs so that they can really focus on their recovery program and their progress,” Vogel said.
For more information on how to donate, whether that be financially or by dropping off items, that can be found here.