Should Lexington B.U.I.L.D. a better needle exchange? ‘Yes,’ say 2,000 people in 26 congregations.

May 16, 2018. Lexington Herald Leader.

Only about 11 percent of the Americans who needed specialized treatment for a substance abuse disorder in 2016 received it, which tells us that B.U.I.L.D. has again zeroed in on an urgent need: How to expand access to treatment in Lexington.

Alarmed by a doubling in fatal overdoses in Lexington in three years, the coalition of 26 religious congregations is seeking an expansion of Lexington’s needle-exchange program as a way to stem the spread of blood-borne diseases, steer more people into treatment and save money on health-care costs.

Lexington B.U.I.L.D. Group Gets City Backing on Violence Reduction Initiative

May 14, 2018. WEKU.

An effort to develop a strategy to reduce group related violence is expected to start this summer in Lexington.

Many members of a large-multi faith organization in the city heard what they wanted to hear during an annual assembly last week.

Representatives of B.U.I.L.D., or Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct Action, have had success in convincing government leaders to move forward with their researched initiatives.

Faith community calls on Lexington mayor to work with anti-violence group

May 10, 2018. WKYT.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – They’re issues that hit close to home for many people: drugs, violent crime, and mental health care.

On Thursday, thousands of people gathered in Lexington to discuss these issues and possible solutions to them at Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action’s (BUILD) annual Nehemiah Action Assembly.

‘Not safe in my own home.’ Thousands call for solutions to violence in Lexington

May 10, 2018. Lexington Herald Leader.

Deloris Lee has lived in a home off Lexington’s Russell Cave Road for more than 40 years, and she used to feel safe there. But in June, the home where she raised her children was riddled with bullet holes.

Lee was out of town for Father’s Day on the night of the shooting, but she said she feels she would not be alive had she been home.

Lee told a crowd of about 2,000 Thursday night at B.U.I.L.D.’s 18th annual Nehemiah Action Assembly that she ducked when walking past windows in her own home for weeks after the shooting, which left bullet holes in her doors, walls, curtains and in the clothes in an upstairs closet.

Community members brainstorm ways to address drug abuse in Lexington

December 11, 2017. WKYT.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – People from 26 congregations gathered Monday night at Second Presbyterian Church to discuss how drugs have impacted their communities.

“Heroin addiction, heroin overdoses, people get hit by cars right there on Leestown Road because they’re strung out. All of these issues revolve around the same problem,” said Pastor Rick Smith from Historic Second Christian Church in Midway.

Last month, members of Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) voted to address the drug problem in 2018.