Many eastern Kentuckians have high expectations for a new drug abuse treatment center in Clay County.
Chad's Hope Center was made possible by a partnership between local government and religious leaders, and Tuesday's open house was bittersweet for the father who donated 80 acres of land for the facility.
Charlie McWhorter's wife isn't here to see their dream of Chad's Hope Center become a reality. But the treatment facility named in honor of their son, who died of a drug overdose, gives McWhorter hope for other families.
“Is important to me that something good come from something that was tragic. It can happen to anybody's family,” Charlie said.
The 55-bed center is already home to four men trying to turn their lives around.
“The hope that Charlie had for Chad can be re-birthed and reborn in so many other of your children,” Representative Hal Rogers said.
Brian Rose beat his addiction 633 days ago. His work as a counselor here helps him stay sober.
“Plus I know where they've been, I know most of their thoughts and just seeing their families come back in and seeing the hope come back in to their life, because it is possible but we get to a point where we don't believe it is possible,” Rose said.
Daily journals and support groups are just the beginning of what McWhorter hopes will become the greatest memorial to his son.
Those who helped plant the seed for Chad's Hope, believe that will happen for years to come.