This workshop will be educational and interactive in equipping those who are building community with the connections between addiction, the opioid epidemic, recovery and faith – especially in the wake of pandemic realities & polarized communities. The processes and strategies for decreasing stigma and increasing hope will be both taught and explored.
Kenny House grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. Since 1976, he has made Wilmington, NC his home, and in 1992, as part of an intentional relocation decision, he built a house and moved into and became part of the downtown Wilmington community.
Throughout his adult life, Kenny has worked to make a difference in his community. This has been an integral component of his faith. Kenny was a founder and still serves as Voluntary President of the Board of Directors for the Wilmington Area Leadership Foundation – with the simple vision of “building relationships that heal.” Kenny has been a member of CCDA and participated in every annual conference since 1990.
The Wilmington Leadership Foundation sponsors CHANGE – a periodic gathering of people who simply want to make a change in themselves and in their community. Their focus is on creating space for honest, loving dialogue around issues of race, faith and justice. CHANGE also meets “on location” of various programs & organizations to showcase their efforts and to learn from those who are making a difference.
Since 1979, Kenny has worked full time for a non-profit community-based organization as a Clinical Director – overseeing several Prevention, Treatment and Integrated Primary Care programs for those suffering from substance use and mental health disorders. His work assists adults, youth, families and communities, and he serves on local, statewide & national Boards and Taskforces addressing issues around opioid dependence and the current Opioid Crisis/Epidemic.
In 2009, Kenny married Yolanda, the love of his life – one year after they initially met at the 2008 CCDA Conference in Miami, FL. Then came their “CCDA baby”, Lilian Gabriela, in 2013.
Kenny enjoys playing tennis and competes at a national level in his age division. Kenny and Yolanda both share the love of family, friends and neighbors, as well as hobbies such as dancing, yoga, reading, traveling and walking.