It’s Time To RHOAR!
“The Recovery, Hope, Opportunity and Resiliency (RHOAR) initiative will address the challenging issues of opioid abuse head-on by helping to establish additional recovery centers modeled after the successful Recovery Kentucky program.”—Ernie Fletcher, former Governor of Kentucky and Chairman of the Fletcher Group
RHOAR bridges the gap between recovery and employment, driving economic growth by enabling the lasting abstinence and behavioral change that transforms lives and empowers communities.
EMPLOYMENT IS THE GOAL
There’s no getting around it: Employment is as important to a sense of fulfillment and dignity as it is to financial independence.
CREATING DEMAND AS WELL AS SUPPLY
Creating a skilled and ready workforce is only half the equation. RHOAR will also create demand in the form of educated, receptive employers willing to reconsider hiring practices and give those in recovery the chance to prove themselves.
While living in recovery housing, residents learn to cope with setbacks and challenges, develop essential life skills, pursue education and employment, and work through interpersonal relationships.
RHOAR is expected to serve 300 Eastern Kentucky residents by leveraging $24 million in private capital as well as another $4.8 million annually in other funding.
WHAT’S PERSONAL IS REAL
RHOAR takes a non-punitive, non-criminal approach that’s creative, innovative, and personal.
STEADY WINS THE RACE
As opposed to the time and money lost in emergency rooms and incarceration, RHOAR spends its time and energy targeting critical behavioral change in peer-driven environments that emphasize accountability while rewarding small but significant steps in growth over time (up to 24 months).
Including medication, treatment for co-occurring conditions, social enterprise learning, second-chance job training, development and placement based on individual interests and skills, plus legal record expungement.
Ongoing support after a resident leaves includes training for employment and all the so-called “soft skills” needed to succeed, including how to conduct an interview, how to dress, and how to behave on the job.
A TEAM EFFORT
RHOAR will partner with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Fahe, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, Recovery Kentucky, SOAR, and Operation UNITE to complete the program’s “tool kit” and place facilities.
Funding Streams will include Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, Housing Trust Funds and Distance Learning Grants. The Fahe network of over 50 locally-rooted nonprofits will also assist in the financial analysis and development of capital funding for recovery center construction.
COMPLETING THE ARC
A remarkable synergy based on shared goals and principles bodes well for the grant given to RHOAR by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Having already helped thousands recover lives of hope and purpose, the Fletcher Group’s proven recovery model promises to do the same not only in Eastern Kentucky but throughout the United States.
“I was proud to support this application for competitive federal grant resources to help open new recovery centers which will also focus on education and workforce training opportunities.”—U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
For more detailed information on how RHOAR fulfills the vision of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), read the 28-page RHOAR White Paper immediately below. (Navigation arrows appear when you hover over the lower left corner of each page.)FLETCHER-GROUP-WHITE-PAPER-ON-ARC-SUPPORT-OF-RHOAR-PROGRAM
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