WellCare donates over $1 million to VOA to expand KY Freedom House programs, including in NKY

WellCare of Kentucky announced its donation of $1,005,463 to Volunteers of America Mid-States (VOA) to support the expansion of their Freedom House, the only program of its kind in Kentucky to serve pregnant and parenting women who are a Overcoming substance abuse disorder, providing inpatient treatment.

WellCare’s support will help VOA double the capacity of Freedom House’s current location in Manchester. WellCare is a longtime partner of VOA and Freedom House and helped open the Manchester location in 2018. This latest donation will be used to double the capacity of this location and expand the program to Owensboro, Stanford and Northern Kentucky

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“WellCare is a long-time supporter of VOA and this generous contribution will bring life-changing care to families across the Commonwealth. We’re excited to make Freedom House available to more moms in Kentucky struggling with substance abuse issues and to help families find new, healthy lives,” said Jennifer Hancock, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid- States.

Since its inception in 1993, Freedom House has delivered 301 babies born free of illegal substances. With an evidence-based clinical service model of recovery and holistic, family-centered treatment, Freedom House addresses the cycle of addiction in children while treating mothers.

“WellCare is committed to serving our members and local communities,” said Corey Ewing, Plan President and CEO of WellCare of Kentucky. “As more Kentucky residents seek ways to address substance use disorders, safe housing and a supportive environment are essential elements on the road to recovery. We are proud to partner with VOA to help expectant and new moms access the resources and support they need to live better, healthier lives.”

VOA is currently seeking land in Stanford and Owensboro for the expansion of the Freedom House program and continues to work closely with local community health, government and social leaders to build strong local partnerships throughout the areas. WellCare’s investment will help VOA purchase buildings to house the program and cover start-up costs associated with hiring and onboarding staff.

“As a Freedom House graduate, I have seen firsthand how this program transforms lives. And now, as VOA’s Admissions Manager, I have the opportunity to connect families with the same comprehensive support that gave me a new chance in life. WellCare’s investment will help so many families in Kentucky live the lives they deserve,” said Christina Compton, admissions manager for Volunteers of America Mid-States.

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