Community partners participate in Louisville’s Hope Village

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Louisville’s Hope Village, a city-run outdoor homeless camp that opened Monday, is getting help from community partners.

The Hope Village is located at the corner of College and Brook streets and will provide medical care, veterinary access for pets, hot meals, showers and a needle exchange program for its temporary tenants. The goal is to help homeless people make the transition to permanent housing.

It is primarily funded by US bailout funding, but village organizers said none of this could be done without the help of local organizations and helpers.

SOS, which stands for Supplies Overseas, is one such partner. Local support is equally important to them.

“Something we’ve been trying to communicate over the last few years since we started a local program is that global health is also local,” said Portia Watson, SOS Local Health Program Manager. “So we’re trying to help our community in ways that maybe we couldn’t internationally.”

Angel Todd of Hope Buss, which operates Hope Village, said collaborations like the one with SOS are what will keep Hope Village running.

“To be good neighbors, you have to work together,” Todd said. “No one has a monopoly on anything. Anyone can be a resource. Any time we can connect with each other and discuss how we can better serve someone else, it still works.SOS staff were absolutely wonderful in all the crazy things we asked for and didn’t even think we needed.

The Hope Village is appealing for donations. To learn more and make a donation, Click here.

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