LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Hundreds of men returned to the Hope Center with friends and family to celebrate their accomplishments.
Saturday marked the 19th annual Alumni Day.
Development Director Katie Vogel said the day was about recognizing their continued efforts to stay clean and sober.
“Just a few minutes ago we had what we call a sobriety circle,” Vogel said. “So we called different numbers of years, down to just a few weeks, to see how long people have been sober.”
Matt Sullivan has been part of this circle for just over two years.
“I decided to make a change on June 13, 2020,” he said.
Separated from his family and serving in the Fayette County Detention Center at the time, he began by joining the prison’s recovery program.
Before long, he transferred to the West Loudon campus.
“Come through the prison transfer program and stayed on as a peer mentor,” he said. “It definitely changed my life. I never thought I could do something like this.
Because he persevered, Matt reunited with his son Graham. On Saturday, they celebrated the day as father and son.
“It means a lot to me because before, when he wasn’t on the program or anything, I couldn’t do much,” Graham said. “I was sad the whole time because I never got to see him, but now I’m standing here with him. I’m grateful he’s recovering.
Sullivan says these types of days help him see that success in recovery is possible, and he hopes to leave that impression on current clients as well.
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