Hope Building

Building Homes. Building Lives.

Hope is a work-in-progress.

As a transformational employer, we’ve partnered with Perry County Drug Court, Knott County Drug Court, and Hickory Hill Recovery Center to bring paid, on-the-job construction training to men and women in recovery. Just like a good home is crucial to success in life, a dependable job has proven to be key to sustaining life in recovery.

Designed to help those leading lives in substance use recovery successfully re-enter the workforce, participants referred to our program will assist in constructing 15 houses over the course of the program’s three-year POWER Grant cycle.

The Hope Building program utilizes ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission) funding to increase the long-term success rate of recovering individuals, while simultaneously rebuilding the local housing market. Participants exit the program with newfound hope. Armed with new skills, an accredited education, and a solid work history, their chances of finding permanent employment are greatly enhanced and the likelihood of relapse is significantly less.

If you're here to learn more about our program, read on! If you're looking for info on the houses built by Hope Building, stop here and click the button below.

Houses built by our Hope Building Program are sold on the open market, which means that anyone can apply to buy them. Click the button below to see examples of the homes and what all is currently available!

All trainees receive:

Paid, on-the-job training in the construction field
Ability to use the Housing Development Alliance (HDA) as a recent and credible work reference on resumes
College certificates in construction

Trainees receive college certificates in:

Basic Carpentry

Residential Roofing

Carpenter Helper

Construction Form Helper

All Hope Building trainees attend class one day per week at Hazard Community & Technical College (HCTC).
Tutoring and Financial Aid are available! 

"Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential."

- A New Definition of Recovery by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tweet

Want to Support Hope Building?

Want to help make a life-changing recovery program in the mountains of East Kentucky possible? We can’t do it without you! Every gift – no matter the amount – is appreciated.

How to Become a Trainee

Are you determined to stay in recovery? The door to a better life is wide openall you have to do is step on through! Hope Building participants are selected and referred to us by Hickory Hill Recovery Center or one of our participating local drug courts. Our trainees have all reached a significant point in their recovery process. If you’re interested in applying for Hope Building, please inform the director of your recovery or Drug Court program. HDA encourages directors and counselors of substance use recovery programs in the four counties we serve to refer eligible clients to our program. We look forward to meeting and interviewing the men and women selected as we search for each group of six trainees! Details for contacting our program director are listed below.

Our Partners

Hope Building is made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

To find out more about Hope Building, contact:

Shannon Gabbard, Program Director
606-436-0497, ext. 2033