Paducah's CenterPoint: Programs growing
PADUCAH, KY- Standing in front of a room of men he considers 'brothers' Larry Lozano takes a deep breath.
"I'm Larry and I'm an alcoholic and it's a blessing to be here," he says.
Because just a few months ago, Lozano was struggling to start over. Now he is a peer mentor at Center Point Recovery for Men, sharing his story of success.
The facility is home to 110 men battling drug and alcohol addictions. Every bed is taken. That is why Thelma Hunter, who works with the men, says every dollar is so important:
"We take anything, because some of our guys come in with nothing more than the shirt on their back- directly from jail."
On Saturday, the center hosted a Chili Cook Off - the latest in a series of fundraisers Rachelle Ihnen has planned to battle federal and state budget cuts.
"We do worry about the money coming in and the cutbacks. We need these programs," she said.
Because those programs helped give Larry Lozano his life back.
"I can actually look myself in the mirror and that's a lot of change. I haven't done that in a long time. I like it," Lozano said.
Money raised from Saturday's Chili Cook off will go towards helping to pay for the medical needs of clients and funding the center's literacy and GED programs.