LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Hundreds of men returned to the Hope Center with friends and family to celebrate their achievements.
Saturday is the 19th annual Men’s Alumni Day.
Development director Katie Vogel said the day was in recognition of their continued efforts to stay clean and awake.
“Just a few minutes ago, we had what’s called a circle of sobriety,” Vogel said. “So we listed different years, a few weeks at most, to see how long people were awake.”
Matt Sullivan has been in the circle for over two years.
“I decided to make a change on June 13, 2020,” he said.
At the time he was separated from his family and serving at the Fayette County Detention Center, where he first joined the prison’s rehabilitation program.
Soon, he transferred to the West Loudoun campus.
“Through the prison transfer program and stayed as a peer mentor,” he said. “It really changed my life. I never thought I could do something like this.”
Because of his perseverance, Matt was reunited with his son Graham. On Saturday, they celebrated the day as father and son.
“It means a lot to me because I can’t do much when he’s not on the show or nothing,” Graham said. “I’ve been heartbroken because I’ve never met him, but Now I’m standing here with him. I’m grateful he’s recovering.”
Sullivan says these days have helped him see that successful recovery is possible, and he hopes to impress existing clients that way as well.
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