By Jeremie Delauder, MAT Research Assistant
For most, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. For the majority of WestCare Kentucky’s clients, the holiday season brings with it the sadness of being away from home and the desire to be with family, friends, and loved ones.
This year, our facilities were truly blessed with many donations from local individuals, businesses, religious organizations, and emergency service providers to make sure that Thanksgiving was enjoyed by all those clients residing at our Perry Cline Emergency Shelter in Pikeville and both of our Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT) facilities in Lookout and Ashcamp.
Residents gave statements of thanks and shared experiences in groups. In the afternoon, clients were greeted with a family-style dinner with turkey, desserts, candies, and all the fixin’s. One of our directors even presented their program with a piano that was given to her by a local resident. Residents topped off the evening listening to holiday music and decorating their respective facilities.