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.

BUILD Will Focus On Ending Drug Epidemic

November 7, 2017.

Hundreds gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church last night for a project BUILD meeting. The group focuses on recognizing problems in the community and working towards solutions to fix them.

More than five hundred people, representing two dozen churches in Lexington came together to spark change. Monday was the first of several annual meetings held by BUILD, which stands for Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct Action. Each congregation created a focus group and then voted on the issue they wanted the organization to focus on in 2018.

Hundreds vote on the biggest issue facing Lexington during forum

November 6, 2017. WKYT.

Hundreds of people from 26 congregations gathered Monday to discuss the biggest issues facing Lexington.

The forum was organized by BUILD, Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action, a coalition of people of faith.

“No one single person can bring about change. No one congregation can do this by themselves,” said Consolidated Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Richard Gaines. “We are seeking to do together what none of us can do on our own.”