We provide coffee and pastries from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and serve hot, nutritious lunches from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast and lunch are free and open to anyone in need. All meals are served at our Outreach Center at 444 Glen Arvin Avenue. During the current public health crisis, we are changing our meals to carry-out meals to decrease the number of people congregating at The Outreach Center. Guests who do not have daytime shelter will be welcome to stay at our Outreach Center, but all other guests are encouraged to take their meals home.
In addition to the vegetables we grow in our community garden, we accept donations of fruits and vegetables to give to the public. We also give away donations of bread and pastries to our guests. For more information about our community meals, please contact Tammy Clay, Food Service Coordinator, at (859) 381-9600, ext. 225.
Meeting Basic Needs
Our resource coordinator is available to meet with anyone in need at our Outreach Center. She assists people with housing issues and connects people to community resources, including providing clothing vouchers to Goodwill, referrals to Faith Pharmacy, and setting up appointments for God’s Pantry. We also keep basic supplies on-hand for guests, including hygiene products, socks, underwear, backpacks, sleeping bags, blankets, tents, and household supplies.
Guests may set up an appointments by calling (859) 381-9600. For more information, please contact Shanda Oakley, Resource Coordinator, at (859) 381-9600, ext. 237.
Homeless guests who do not have access to laundry services because they are not living at a shelter are welcomed to have their clothes washed and dried at our Outreach Center. Laundry service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, and guests may sign-up for this service with our resource coordinator.
homeless intervention program
The Mission helps individuals and families who are homeless move into their own home by providing financial assistance for the first month’s rent as well as individual budget counseling, resource referral, and case management. If you need help moving from homelessness into permanent housing, please come to our walk-in hours for eligibility screening and assistance. For more information, please contact Veronica Tipton, our AmeriCorps Housing Counselor, at (859) 381-9600, ext. 231.
Jobs for life
The Mission helps prepare job-seekers to find lasting employment through Jobs for Life, a Biblical job training program that teaches the skills that will help people succeed in any workplace. Jobs for Life classes are held at our facility at 629 North Broadway and are free and open to the public. We also conduct classes in local jails, prisons, halfway houses, and recovery programs. Due the Coronavirus outbreak, we have temporarily suspended most of our Jobs for Life classes. For more information, please contact Lee Hunter, Director of Employment Services.
Job-seekers can find help obtaining employment through our job placement service, Advance Lexington. We partner with local businesses who hire workers on a temporary basis through our staffing service as well as on a permanent basis. Our staff conducts initial employment assessments to help clients identify potential employers, and program participants receive help with their job search, including assistance with creating resumes and cover letters, filling out online job applications, obtaining IDs, procuring interview attire and work clothing, getting bus passes, and other needs. For more information, please contact Renee Dodson, Advance Lexington Coordinator, at (859) 618-6831.
The potter’s house & the house of hope
Lexington Rescue Mission provides sober living at The Potter’s House and The House of Hope for men who are trying to get back on their feet. Our homes are geared toward men who have achieved at least 30 days of sobriety, who have participated in a recovery program and need a safe place where they can practice those principles, be held accountable and learn how to live a sober, healthy life. We provide case management and pastoral counseling, and residents are required to participate in Jobs for Life, which trains them to find and maintain meaningful employment, and other life-skill classes. If you are interested in becoming a resident in our transitional homes, you may either apply online OR download an application here. Please contact Dustin Owens at (859) 554-6939 for more information.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, we are working closely with city officials, health care providers, and other local shelters to coordinate care. This includes screening all new residents for symptoms, moving residents age 60+ to more private rooms, and educating all residents on the virus and how to prevent the spread of germs. Read the detailed plan here.
Our Breaking Chains program provides training and support to assist incarcerated men and women in making a smooth transition back into the community. We offer classes to those who are currently incarcerated at the Fayette County Detention Center, Jessamine County Detention Center, Woodford County Detention Center, Northpoint Training Center, and Blackburn Correctional Complex. Our classes are The Genesis Process and Jobs for Life. The Genesis Process addresses a fundamental struggle in life: the struggle to change. The process identifies the fears that drive self-destructive behaviors and emotions and helps resolve them so you can find true and lasting freedom. Jobs for Life helps men and women develop the job skills and character qualities that prepare them for success on the job upon their release. Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, the jails are closed to visitors so our classes have been suspended.
When program participants are released, our case manager meets with them to help them develop a plan for transition back into the community and provides accountability and support to help them achieve their goals. We also provide assistance with practical needs — obtaining birth certificates and IDs, transportation, clothing, housing, employment, and other necessities. Our volunteer mentors walk alongside program participants, offering their wisdom, guidance, and support. For more information or to get help, please contact Tim Robbins, Re-entry Case Manager.
Families who have a loved one who is currently or formerly incarcerated can find support at Bluegrass Families of the Incarcerated. We meet via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We share resources, learn about the justice system, and help each other through the challenges of re-entry. We welcome all families who are seeking a place of love, support, and encouragement as they deal with having a member of their family in prison. To sign up for updates, including invitations to the online meetings, click here. For more information, contact Julius Johnson, Director of Re-Entry Services.
Chapel services are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11 a.m. for anyone seeking God. The Mission also offers a weekly discipleship group called Steady Hands, which meets on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Steady Hands includes dinner, worship, teaching, group discussion, and dessert. For more information about chapel, please contact Thomas Wallace, and for info about Steady Hands, contact Donna Junker at (859) 381-9600, ext. 235. Free pastoral counseling is still available to anyone in need. To schedule a counseling appointment, please contact Donna.
Lexington Rescue Mission
444 Glen Arvin Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508