The Hope Center helps about 800 people ever night. Mark Hall is one of those people.
He is a recovering alcoholic. Now 22 months sober, Hall is a volunteer at the Hope Center which helps him with the final step of recovery.
“We have a saying in the rooms of AA, no matter how deep your bottom and how deep you dig it, it only takes 12 steps to walk out of it,” said Hall.
The bottom for Hall was a suicide attempt. After years battling alcoholism, Hall overdosed on pills trying to end his life. That’s when his family found the Hope Center.
“I owe these people my life,” said Hall.
The Hope Center provides help for men and women. They offer emergency shelter, mental health programs, social services programs, a health clinic, employment programs and housing among other services.
Tuesday night the Hope Center celebrated twenty years of helping at the Night of Hope. The event was to say thank you to the sponsors who help fund the help the Hope Center gives.
Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player for the Boston Celtics, shared his story. He battled a drug addiction.
“It’s because of centers like the hope center that I’m here today,” said Herren.
The Hope Center will be having Hoops for Hope 6:00 on November 7th. Teams will have five minutes to shoot baskets on the Rupp Arena floor. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that score the most points and help raise the most donations for the Hope Center.
There are a limited number of team slots available. Registration fee is $200 per community team or $1,000 for a Corporate Team/Slam Dunk Sponsorship.