USDA grant expands Isaiah House employment program
CHAPLIN — Isaiah House Treatment Center is expanding its job training and employment program, “From Crisis to Opportunity” thanks to a $150,000 grant and a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program is part of the USDA’s Community Facilities Initiative to combat the opioid addiction crisis. Grants support innovative solutions that best address substance abuse in rural communities. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, 1,565 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in 2017, a 40 percent increase in the past five years.
Grant funds will be used to purchase a metal fabrication business, Howard’s Metals, located adjacent to Isaiah House’s new treatment centers in Chaplin in Nelson County. The business will be used to learn job skills, gain work experience and prepare recovering addicts for living successfully in the community. As part of its wrap-around treatment model, Isaiah House places a strong emphasis on education, job training, employment and financial independence for its clients.
“Recovering addicts often struggle with the stigma of addiction, criminal records and poor performance at previous jobs because of erratic, addictive behavior. Many have little job experience or training and almost all are unemployed by the time they seek treatment,” said Mike Cox, Isaiah House president. “But self-sufficiency, the ability to support their families and to make financial amends for the past are all critical to the healing process. Fortunately, residential treatment provides the time and resources to help them overcome employment challenges.”
In addition to Howard’s Metals, Isaiah House also operates an onsite vocational center, GED classes, college classes and other business enterprises to give clients job experience including Isaiah 58 Builders and Clean Cut Landscaping. Clients also earn wages to pay child support, legal fees, court restitution, and other treatment and personal expenses including establishing savings accounts.
Founded in 1999, Isaiah House is one of Kentucky’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment centers. In 2017, residential and outpatient treatment were provided for 378 Kentucky residents from 76 different counties. Isaiah House is dual-licensed by the State of Kentucky and nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
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