On Tuesday morning, Louisville city leaders, business leaders and elected officials crowded downtown at the Kentucky International Convention Center. They were there for one of Louisville’s biggest nonprofit events, the Volunteers of America Mid States Power One Breakfast. The annual event was held in person for the first time since 2019. Casey Wagner, a Trinity High School alumnus and current GE Appliances executive, was the keynote speaker. “I want to quit, but I just can’t,” Wagner said in a video. who performed before going on stage. These are the very words Wagner said to his parents during an intervention after he overdosed on mushrooms and Valium pills during his second semester of college. At just 19, Wagner finds himself homeless, wandering the streets of Lousiville in search of his next fix. Instead, he found help in Volunteers of America Mid State’s Liberty Place program, a program for men overcoming substance use disorders. He told the audience that this was unfamiliar territory for him, but it ultimately saved his life. Wagner. “It was essential to have this safe space where I could be there with other peers, other men my age, with a common mission to try to get sober.” He hoped his story would resonate with the audience as the event had two purposes. One was to let those in attendance know how common drug addiction is in the Kentuckiana area, and the second purpose was to let them know there was something they could do to help. “VOA is widely supported by government sources,” said Jennifer Hancock, VOA Mid States President and CEO. “However, the government cannot do everything we need to cover the bases.” Hancock said the annual event is meant to raise money for the organization’s veterans services, homeless outreach services and drug rehabilitation services. took away that the VOA does more than just cure drug addiction and alcoholism,” Wagner said. “But from my personal story, I hope they learned that addiction can strike anywhere and affect any family. Because it’s possible, facilities that run programs need to be funded. .” Hancock said the event’s goal was to raise $500,000. If you are interested in donating, visit this website.

On Tuesday morning, Louisville city leaders, business leaders and elected officials crowded downtown at the Kentucky International Convention Center. They were there for one of Louisville’s biggest nonprofit events, the Volunteers of America Mid States Power One Breakfast.

The annual event was held in person for the first time since 2019.

Casey Wagner, a Trinity High School alumnus and current GE Appliances executive, was the keynote speaker.

“I want to quit, but I just can’t,” Wagner said, in a video released before he took the stage.

These are the very words Wagner said to his parents during an intervention after he overdosed on mushrooms and Valium pills during his second semester in college.

At just 19, Wagner finds himself homeless, wandering the streets of Lousiville in search of his next fix. Instead, he found help in Volunteers of America Mid State’s Liberty Place program, a program for men overcoming substance use disorders.

He told the audience that this was unfamiliar territory for him, but it ultimately saved his life.

“VOA for me,” Wagner said. “It was essential to have this safe space where I could be there with other peers, other men my age, with a common mission to try to get sober.”

He hoped his story would resonate with the public, as the event had two purposes. One was to let those in attendance know how common drug addiction is in the Kentuckiana area, and the second purpose was to let them know there was something they could do to help.

“VOA is widely supported by government sources,” said Jennifer Hancock, president and CEO of VOA Mid States. “However, the government cannot do everything we need to cover the bases.”

Hancock said the annual event aims to raise money for the organization’s veterans services, homeless outreach and drug rehabilitation services.

“I hope people here understood that the VOA does more than just cure drug and alcohol addiction,” Wagner said. “But from my personal story, I hope they learned that addiction can strike anywhere and affect any family. Because it’s possible, facilities that run programs need to be funded. .”

Hancock said the goal for the event was to raise $500,000.

If you are interested in donating, visit this website.