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Community Meals

We provide breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10 a.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.

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 Smith, Food Service Coordinator, at (859) 381-9600, ext. 225.


Meeting Basic Needs

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Our Resource Coordinator is available to meet with anyone in need, assisting 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 appointment by calling (859) 381-9600.  Walk-in hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


laundry ministry

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 Monday through Friday. Sign ins are from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the front desk. We take the first two people who sign up each day.

homelessness outreach

Street Outreach

Community connections are built and wraparound services are provided to community members experiencing homelessness on the streets, by meeting with them where they are and walking with them to encourage hope and decisions toward life change.  The Street Outreach team goes into homeless outdoor communities to meet people's physical, spiritual, emotional mental health, and behavioral health needs.  Wounds are bandaged, spiritual needs are tended to, referrals and assistance to treatment programs are provided, and case management is offered to help achieve successful transition to housing.

For more information about our Street Outreach Program, please contact Benjamin Dunaway, Street Outreach Case Manager, at (859) 381-9600, ext. 244.


Housing Assistance

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 Alicia Merriman, our Housing Counselor, at (859) 381-9600, ext. 231.


Employment Support

Jobs for life

The Lexington Rescue Mission (LRM) helps prepare job-seekers to find lasting employment through Jobs for Life, which teaches skills to succeed in any workplace. This Biblical job training program is held at our facility on 629 North Broadway for LRM clients. We are also partnering with sober livings in and around Lexington to hold classes. If you are interested in being a site location for these classes, please contact Mark Gamble. We also conduct classes in local jails, prisons, halfway houses, and recovery programs. For more information on the program, contact Mark Gamble, Direct Placement Job Coordinator.


Direct Placement

Our placement service assists job-seekers in obtaining suitable employment. We work in collaboration with local businesses to connect individuals with meaningful employment. Our staff conducts an initial employment assessment to help clients identify potential employers. Program participants receive support with their job search, including help with creating resumes and cover letters, filling out online job applications, obtaining identification documents, procuring interview attire and work clothing, obtaining bus passes, and fulfilling other necessary requirements. For further information, please contact Mark Gamble, Direct Placement Job Coordinator, at (859) 785-0979.

Life Transformation

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 and need a safe place where they can practice recovery principles, be held accountable and learn how to live a Christ-centered 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 Life Transformation homes, you may either apply online OR download an application here. Please contact Greg Wilhite at (859) 287-4227 for more information.


grace place

Grace Place is a residential program for women seeking restoration from the effects of addiction, domestic violence or homelessness. Grace Place addresses the complex issues that have led to destructive life choices, while providing the tools and support needed to live a meaningful life. If you are interested in becoming a resident at Grace Place, apply online or download the Grace Place Application here. Please contact Cristy Phillips at (859) 785-2004 for more information.


Ex-Offender Re-Entry


Our Re-Entry 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, Woodford County Detention Center and Madison County Detention Center. We are working to expand our programs to other local jail and prison facilities. 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.



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, our Re-Entry Case Manager.


family support

Families who have a loved one who is currently or formerly incarcerated can find support  at Bluegrass Families of the Incarcerated. 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.

spiritual care

Chapel services are held Monday through 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 Allan Alvarez at (859) 381-9600, ext. 235. Free pastoral counseling is still available to anyone in need. To schedule a counseling appointment, please contact Allan.

Circles Lexington

an innovative, community driven way to solve poverty

Circles Lexington inspires and equips individuals and families to permanently move out of poverty and thrive. We create intentional relationships that expand support communities and engage the wider community to reduce or eliminate the systemic barriers that hinder people from rising out of poverty.

Circle leaders

Participants are called Circle Leaders because they are the ones who lead themselves out of poverty. They are hardworking and motivated but often overwhelmed by the daily struggle to make ends meet. Circle Leaders commit to completing training, setting goals for themselves, and attending weekly Circles meetings. Circle Leaders educate their middle-income and upper-income Allies about poverty, and they lean on their Allies for advice and encouragement.




Two volunteers are matched to each Circle Leader. These volunteers are called Allies, and everything revolves around the intentional Ally-Leader relationships. Allies commit to complete training, attend weekly Circles meetings, and learn about poverty. Allies help Circle Leaders use their unique gifts and skills to reach their personal and financial goals.

Resource teams

Resource Teams are groups of diverse volunteers who contribute vital assistance, fresh ideas, and vision to the Circles initiative. The five teams are: community, recruitment, jobs and education, services, and big view. To get involved, click here.

Lexington Rescue Mission

535 West Second St., Suite 105, Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 381-9600

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