450 Old Vine Street, Ste 101
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Address 450 Old Vine Street, Ste 101
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 619-4397
Contact Name Shelley Elswick
Web and Social Media
Our dedicated 2017 Overdose Awareness Day volunteers
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2016
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Please consider donating via credit card and volunteering through our website at www.voicesofhopelex.org. Donations by check can be sent via mail to: Voices Of Hope-Lexington, Inc 450 Old Vine Street, Ste 101, Lexington, KY  40507. For further information, please contact: info@voicesofhopelex.org.

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Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement To promote life-long recovery from the chronic disease of addiction through recovery support services, advocacy, research and education.
Background Statement
2013   Alex Elswick completes Salvation Army program from a pain pill and heroin addiction.
2013   Hosted first ever local observance of International Overdose Awareness Day with silver ribbon campaign; hundreds participate, catalyzing a unified movement toward reducing stigma.

2013   The video “Hope in the Face of Addiction” including the Elswick family’s story is produced.

2014   First on-site Overdose Awareness Day event hosted in local park; families came with heavy hearts and stirring stories and photos of loved ones, reinforcing the need for community wide support.

2015    Overdose response training program begins.

2015    Annual Overdose Awareness Day event expands to offer resource information as well as overdose training.

2015    Voices of Hope-Lexington, Inc formally organizes as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit.

2016    GetHelpLex.org online recovery resource locator launches.
2017    American Advertising Federation-Lexington gifts Voices Of Hope a three month multi-media "Living Proof" campaign to celebrate the hope found in knowing that recovery IS possible.
2017  Living Proof Scholarship program is launched and inaugural recipient receives award.
2017 Training is received for telephone recovery support and recovery coaching in preparation for launch of these services.
2018 Telephone recovery support is piloted and launched.
2018  AT&T grants funds to support eight youth scholarships for high school seniors who are continuing their education and are impacted by addiction in their family or are in recovery themselves.  
Impact Statement


* Our 5th annual Overdose Awareness Day event welcomed 600+ guests with a speaker in recovery who shared a message of hope; a tree planting to memorialize lives lost to addiction and to support their families; and resources for those seeking recovery.
* Our Overdose Response education program continues to train individuals to respond to overdose and distributes naloxone with our team of medical providers.
* www.GetHelpLex.org, a free online resource locator was created by Voices of Hope collaboratively with Lexington/Fayette Urban County Government and Open Lexington. Our state governor’s website www.dontletthemdie.org features our online resource locator as well as our co-founder’s personal recovery story.
* Our telephone recovery support program has begun serving individuals in early recovery by giving them a weekly social outlet as well as connecting them with needed resources. 


* Expand annual Overdose Awareness Day event to include post-event activities that foster a sense of community togetherness and mutual support in celebration of long-term recovery. This year live music and a catered lunch is added. 

* Launch Recovery Support Services program aimed at reducing relapse rates and increasing resilience for those building a healthy, sustainable life after addiction, with these includes elements: Community -- "all recovery" meetings to provide social support for people who come into recovery from all approaches (12-step, medication assisted treatment, etc.); Connection -- telephone recovery support for those exiting treatment programs who enroll to receive support via phone by our trained volunteers; and Coaching -- one-on-one, in-person mentoring by trained recovery coaches. 

* Raising support to begin planning in earnest toward a 5-year goal: Establishing a brick-and-mortar multi-use center that will become the community hub for those in recovery and for those seeking training and resources to support long-term remission from the disease of addiction. This will be a centrally located, easily accessible, and highly visible symbol of the hope that is possible in recovery. 
Needs Statement

We need $25,000 to endow our scholarship fund. Voices of Hope's scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student in long-term recovery who is currently enrolled at a trade school, college, or university in Central Kentucky.

We need $95,000 to fund our Recovery Support Services which include: Telephone Recovery Support, Recovery Coaching, and All Recovery Meetings. Telephone Recovery Support consists of weekly recovery management check-ups to assist those in early recovery to identify goals, and strategies for success. Services include suggesting strategies to maintain sobriety and improve recovery capital, including safe housing, transportation, financial counseling, continued education, employment skills, and sober social activities. Recovery coaching is a more intensive service. We will also meetings open to individuals regardless of their path to recovery (e.g, 12-step mutual aid groups, medication assisted treatment, Women for Sobriety, or an “on your own” method), as well as family and friends who have been impacted by the symptoms of their loved one’s addiction.

We need $650,000 for a bricks-and-mortar center that will serve as the premier community hub for those in recovery to seek and offer mutual support, as well as a training center and meeting venue for the public at large seeking education and resources in support of recovery.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Much attention and resources are given toward prevention, enforcement and treatment of substance use disorder. In spite of great care that comes from these efforts, relapse rates remain elevated. Gaps in aftercare mean that those in early recovery do not have enough community support to ensure sustainable remission from this chronic disease. Our organization's unique, laser-like focus on the needs of those in recovery will serve as a safety net... a means for individuals to rebuild their lives around a new and healthy, hope-filled future.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Geographic Areas Served
Focused service area includes Lexington, Fayette County and surrounding counties in Central Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Steve Shannon
Company Affiliation KY Association of Regional MH/MR Programs, Inc.
Board Members
Kristin AshfordUniversity of Kentucky associate professor in the College of NursingVoting
Elizabeth BancroftFayette County Prosecutor's OfficeVoting
Alex ElswickUniversity of Kentucky, Extension Associate Family Resource ManagementVoting
Michelle ElswickVoices of Hope - Lexington, Inc.Voting
Tyler FallinRFH CPAs & ConsultantsVoting
Steve LangeHanover HouseVoting
Danielle SandersKentucky’s Administrative Office of the CourtsVoting
Steve ShannonKARP-KY Association of Regional Programs, IncVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Mike BarryPeople Advocating Recovery
Amber BishopAdministrative Office of the Courts
Ben CowanEnergy Insurance Agency
Aaron DowdellHealth First Bluegrass
Ross EwingRoss Ewing, Attorney and Mediator
Jennifer JeffersonLiberty Place
Steve LangeThe Gardner/Hanover House
Jani LewisNatalie's Sisters
Jerod ThomasShepherds House
CEO Comments Our board is small but growing, both in numbers and in diversity. Each member chooses to help lead our organization from a sense of personal mission. All have been personally impacted by addiction, through family or close community ties. Until the hiring of a full time director ours was an all-volunteer organization, led completely by our dedicated board. Members represent key sectors of our service population and bring a vibrant, well rounded set of perspectives to each leadership decision. They give of their personal resources - time, talent and money - to ensure program success. Great care goes into ensuring transparency and shared accountability, especially regarding fiscal responsibility.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Michelle Elswick
Term Start Apr 2018
Email shelley@voicesofhope.org
Co-CEO Michelle Elswick
Email shelley@voicesofhope.org
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 1
Formal Evaluations
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Overdose Response Training equips individuals to respond appropriately to an overdose in progress and distributes naloxone.
Budget $15,000.00
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Diseases & Disorders
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description The goal of this event is to reduce overdose death and the stigma associated with addiction. It is in part a memorial program for families who have lost loved ones to drug overdose and is observed with a memorial tree planting. This is done in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day which is August 31st each year. We schedule our event at a local public park on the last Saturday in August. A resource fair provides information about local resources for drug and alcohol addiction and recovery. This event allows the public to put a human face on recovery from addiction in an effort to reduce stigma surrounding this disease. In 2017 we hosted our 5th annual event and welcomed over 600 participants.
Budget $8000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served People/Families of People with Health Conditions, At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description Online drug and alcohol recovery resource locator created in collaboration with local government officials and Open Lex, a nonprofit programming group. Tool allows the public to find available resources for treatment or recovery support by filtering factors to narrow search, determine which resources might be most helpful, and provide current contact details. Continual updates are made by Voices Of Hope as we are notified of details that have changed. An annual solicitation for information changes is made of facilities listed to ensure current, accurate data. Improvements are communicated to the programmers as needed.
Budget volunteer hours
Category Human Services, General/Other Information & Referral
Population Served At-Risk Populations, People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Trained volunteers (who are, in many cases, in recovery themselves) make weekly calls to touch base with each participant. During the call, volunteers may offer information about resources in the community. More importantly, the phone call can help someone in early recovery feel cared for and supported.

The beauty of TRS is in its simplicity. TRS helps people stay in recovery. We also support people to get back on track if a relapse occurs. When someone tells us they have relapsed, we don’t kick them out of the program; we keep calling them. When someone is down, that’s when they need support the most. Through this service, Voices of Hope is an encouraging voice at a critical junction on the road to long term recovery.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2016
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2017
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $170,000.00
Projected Expenses $93,393.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$11,396$17,935--
Administration Expense$22,798$4,611--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.671.94--
Program Expense/Total Expenses33%80%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$80,741----
Current Assets$78,777----
Long-Term Liabilities$1,177----
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$79,564----
Form 990s
2018 990
2017 990
2016 990N
2015 990n
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
Board giving has been at 100% since our organization was launched, which reflects a high level of personal commitment to the mission. To expand program capacity and hire an executive director, our Board gave $34,000 more in 2017 than in the previous year, which is reflected in 2017 financials.
Foundation Staff Comments Voices of Hope files the 990N postcard, which contains no financial information. Financials were provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited. Because Voices of Hope received its 501c3 status in 2016, it does not yet have three years of financial information. 
Address 450 Old Vine Street, Ste 101
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 619-4397
CEO/Executive Director Michelle Elswick
Board Chair Steve Shannon
Board Chair Company Affiliation KY Association of Regional MH/MR Programs, Inc.