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‘One-stop-shop for hope’: East Kentucky Dream Center expands reach

Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 6:47 PM EDT
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ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WYMT) - The East Kentucky Dream Center has served the people of Pike County for almost three years. Now, with several new projects in the works, the reach of the center is expanding from Pikeville to Elkhorn.

“We’ve kind of studied demographics for several years now on what opportunities are available and what areas need our help the most,” said Executive Director Rachel Campbell-Dotson

“Project Elkhorn City” will bring the same outreach available in Pikeville by offering clothing, food, and other items to fill a need in the community. And those who have heard the news are already reaching out to be part of the movement.

“They know the need for that building. They know that it’s gonna have to have some work so they were super eager to say, ‘Here, we want to help. We know what you’re doing in Pikeville. We love it and we want to do it here,’” said Dotson.

Aside from the help to the community, the new location on W Russell St will take an old building and give it new life, which Mayor Mike Taylor said he is happy to see.

“It’s gonna be very exciting when you come down through here and the whole front of this is gonna say, ‘Dream Center.’”

It is an expansion that Dotson said is all about spreading help in a time of need.

“I feel like we’ve made a name for the Eastern Kentucky Dream Center to be a one-stop-shop for hope,” said Dotson.

The center is expected to open mid-May and Dotson said volunteers and donations are welcome.

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