U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-KY) announced Volunteers of America Mid-States (VOA) would receive $700,000 in grant funding to support families of substance abusers.
The money comes from a competitive federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime’s grant program. It will be used to establish a Family Recovery Court in Clay County, Ky. The program would help reunite families involved with child protective services while keeping children safe.
“The federal funding will enable VOA to deliver comprehensive trauma treatment and family-focused services to children impacted by substance abuse within their family. It can improve the stability, health, and well-being of the community,” McConnell said. “VOA is doing impressive work in Eastern Kentucky to help families and children impacted by the substance abuse epidemic. I was proud to work with Jennifer Hancock and my good friends Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers to help VOA secure these resources for their life-saving work. As Senate Majority Leader, I’ll continue mobilizing the federal government to deliver for Kentucky’s fight against the addiction crisis.”
The newly announced funding is in addition to the $2.6 million in grant money given to VOA in July to help mothers and families maintain long-term recovery.
“Volunteers of America is thrilled to receive essential federal support to do life-changing work in Clay County and Southeastern Kentucky. We are very grateful that VOA’s proposal to establish a Family Recovery Court in Clay County was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and are so appreciative of all of the community partners and leaders who have made this grant possible,” said Jennifer Hancock, President and CEO, Volunteers of America Mid-States. “As always, I cannot say enough about Leader McConnell and Congressman Rogers and their drive to assure that we can assist more families in this wonderful part of our Commonwealth. Working together, we will keep more families together and make sure they are safe and healthy.”