Success Stories

Brighton Center at its very core is a community based agency. The people in our community and their needs are the driving force behind the work we do. Trends and fads will come and go, but Brighton Center will always provide services the community needs and wants. Every day, Brighton Center works to engage all members of the community from young children to seniors so that real change can become reality. Every one of them has a story worth sharing... the following are just a few.


I graduated high school in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. I was homeless and staying with my best friend while taking a few years off of school. I didn’t know what to do with my life, but I remembered how much Brighton Center helped me in high school during a rough time after my father passed away, and I reached back out to the staff and connected with Street Outreach. That’s when I learned about Center for Employment Training (CET), and it seemed like a good fit because I was looking to further my education and get my life back on track. 

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I was just out of high school with a new husband, a new baby, and new college courses when I started taking pills to cope with the stress and to handle my feelings. Another baby and more difficult courses and my substance use progressed. For 10 years, I wanted to get treatment. I kept saying that I was going to go, but I didn’t. I was afraid of the unknown and afraid of not being in control. When I was arrested two years ago, they asked me if I wanted jail or treatment, and I chose treatment. I came to Brighton Recovery Center for Women on October 1, 2021. 

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I first learned about Brighton Center in 2019 after giving birth to my third child. I was trying to figure out how to manage life as a single mom with three children and work. While seeking out resources, I learned about the Every Child Succeeds program and immediately enrolled. My Home Visitor was extremely helpful in ensuring my child was meeting developmental milestones and in providing a support system to me as a parent and as a person. 

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My life has changed in so many aspects since becoming a part of Brighton Center. I have overcome many obstacles in just a short time since moving into Opportunity House. Through Brighton Center’s services, I have learned new skills, including time management, money management, financial skills, positive mental health, and social skills. 

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Octavia’s Journey

My family has a history of addiction – my parents have been in recovery since the 90s, I had recently lost an aunt to addiction, and I have a sister and cousins who are still struggling. 

I spent more than ten years doing whatever it took to get the next high. I lost my kids, my marriage fell apart, I lost relationships with my family, and I was basically homeless. 

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Karly’s Journey

I was connected to Brighton Center’s Street Outreach team through a presentation at my high school. My home life was not stable or a good environment to be in. I was trying to finish high school with many obstacles that most kids did not have. I had a lot of health issues and worries about basic survival needs that didn’t allow me to immerse myself in my education like I wished I could have. 

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Amanda’s Journey

They say kids will change your life, but that’s not usually through a flier in a backpack! When we came to Northern Kentucky, we were struggling. My son connected with Brighton Center’s Youth Leadership Development through his school. He came home from one of their meetings with a paper in his backpack about all of the other services we could receive at Brighton Center. At first, I resisted. Admitting you need help is so hard.

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I came to Brighton Center when I was going through a lot of changes in my life. My mom, who I was the primary caretaker for, had just passed away. I had to move out of my home when City Heights closed down, and I didn’t know what I was going to do. Through connecting with community resources, I was told about Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training (CET) and the Medical Assisting program. I already had a lot of familiarity with the medical field from caring for my mom, so I thought it was worth a try. I started the following Tuesday. 

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The one thing I would say to other people about Brighton Center is to have hope. Try it. If your life was as hectic and chaotic as my life was prior to incarceration and living a life in recovery, then I know how you feel. 

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I learned about Brighton Center after being referred to Every Child Succeeds through St. Elizabeth Physicians after expressing my desire to learn more about my child's development. 

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