LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville organization serving the homeless and those with addiction is moving its headquarters. 

What You Need To Know

  • Re:Center Ministries offers addiction recovery services and shelter space 

  • The organization is currently based in Louisville's NuLu neighborhood

  • However, it will soon move to a new site, as it's renovating the former Unity Church near downtown 

  • At the new site, Re:Center will have 40 emergency overnight shelter beds

Construction crews are busy at work inside 757 South Brook St. It's a familiar building as one drives north on I-65 toward downtown Louisville.

Re:Center Ministries has acquired and is renovating the former site of Unity Church in Louisville. The building's large dome sanctuary stands out near the Brook Street exit. 

Andrew Crawford is the new executive director of Re:Center Ministries. He has been with the organization for six years, but just assumed the top leadership role in the last few weeks. With the new location, Crawford said Re:Center will help more people with recovery services and emergency overnight shelter beds.

This new site will have 20 long-term beds for individuals within their recovery program.

“The recovery side, that’s kind of men who fit the criteria of needing a life-change program, whereas our 40 overnight beds, those are first-come, first-serve reservations made through Coalition for the Homeless," Crawford said.

The organization's new location is important, as it's situated across the street from Louisville’s Hope Village and a few blocks away from the Salvation Army. Both offer shelter spaces and access to a wide range of services for those who are homeless or in transitional housing.

It's also near the city's forthcoming Community Care Campus. St. Vincent de Paul is not far away either. In fact, there are half-a-dozen homeless resource organizations within a few city blocks of one another.

“It’s kind of that motto of, 'We can do more together; we can do better things together,'" Crawford said.

Work on the property is happening every day, with an opening targeted for May. The plan is to have as seamless as a transition as possible from its current headquarters in the NuLu neighborhood to its new address.

Crawford does not want any interruption in services, especially those offered to residents already in their recovery program, he said.

“The Bible says, the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few," Crawford said. "It’s our job to gather the workers and go out for the work of the harvest."