July 13, 2022
Don Ball Campus Center
298 W. Loudon Avenue
Lexington, KY 40508
The Living Undeterred Tour is a nationwide exploration aimed at bring attention to the mental health and substance use epidemics in our nation.
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Johnston
Better, Not Bitter: The Living Undeterred Mindset
On October 4, 2016, the trajectory of Jeff’s life changed with one phone call. Prior to that day, Jeff was living the American Dream. He had a great family, was a successful entrepreneur running a financial services firm in Iowa, and was seemingly coasting through life. The morning of October 4, 2016 Jeff received the phone call that is every parent’s worst nightmare. His oldest son, Seth, had died from fentanyl poisoning. He was 23 years old.
Jeff soon realized that he had two options. He could go down a road of anger and despair and become bitter, or he could use his situation as motivation to become better. And while it was not an easy journey, Jeff chose the road of better. Jeff's resiliency would again be tested in June 2021, when he lost his wife, Prudence, to alcoholism.
Jeff shares his experience through grief, addiction, and battling with his own mental health and the coping mechanisms he has developed to remain, undeterred.
About Hope Center
The Hope Center, in Lexington, Kentucky, provides a wide array of services to persons who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. These services include food, shelter, clothing, recovery from addiction, mental health diagnosis and treatment, transitional housing, permanent housing, employment assistance, social services, support for veterans, mobile and street outreach, housing first, and more.