700 E. Loudon Ave
Lexington KY 40505-3814
Contact Information
Address 700 E. Loudon Ave
Lexington, KY 40505 3814
Phone (859) 252-2224
Fax 859 252-0545
Contact Name Dana Stefaniak
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At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1987
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can also donate by mailing a check to:
Lexington Habitat for Humanity
700 E. Loudon Ave.
Lexington, KY 40505
Please make the check payable to "Lexington Habitat for Humanity". 
If you would like to donate by phone please call (859) 252-2224 and select option #2 for administration.
If you would like to donate items to the Habitat ReStore, please call (859) 252-2224 and select option #1 for the ReStore. Or you can visit http://www.lexingtonrestore.com.
There are lots of ways to get involved with Lexington Habitat for Humanity through volunteering. To learn more, please visit: http://lexhabitat.org/get-involved/, or you can call the Volunteer Coordinator at (859) 252-2224 x113 or email volunteer@lexhabitat.org. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope.


Background Statement Lexington Habitat’s mission to provide affordable housing differs from other housing organizations in that it’s a homeownership program. At the conclusion of a Lexington Habitat home build, families own an affordable home. Lexington Habitat is a “hand up, not a hand out” and families are partners in the process from the moment they enter the program. They perform “sweat equity” volunteer hours building their own home. This partnership continues even after families close on their homes, as their affordable 0% interest monthly mortgage payments are used by the affiliate to fund home builds in subsequent years.

Lexington Habitat builds 10-15 homes per year in Lexington, and since 1986 has helped over 425 low-income families achieve homeownership. By adding to the base of homeowners in the Lexington community, Lexington Habitat’s work additionally benefits the wider community significantly by improving whole neighborhoods, replacing vacant “eye-sore” lots with decent homes, removing vacant, dilapidated, and dangerous structures, and adding to the property tax base in the city.

 Lexington Habitat accomplishes its mission because of the generosity of a multitude of groups including leading businesses, churches, a wide variety of individuals, and assorted grant funders who share the belief in the need for affordable housing. Additionally, Lexington Habitat relies on scores of volunteers contributing tens of thousands of hours of volunteer labor in service to Lexington Habitat and its partner families.

Also unique to Lexington Habitat is the ReStore located at 451 Southland Drive. The store is open to the public selling donated new or gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories and building supplies. Donations may be dropped off or a pick-up service is available. Additionally, the ReStore diverts reusable materials out of Lexington’s waste stream.




Impact Statement

We are grateful for the many accomplishments that our organization achieved in 2016 because of the dedicated staff, partner families, volunteers, Board, and the generosity of our financial supporters. However, some of the most notable are the following:
  • To date, we have built over 425 homes with low-income families in Lexington.
  • For every home built in Lexington, we tithe funds to build a home internationally.
  • In 2016, 11 families achieved homeownership.
  • In 2016, 10 homes were built using energy-efficient techniques.
  • In 2015, we implemented the Love Your Neighborhood program which focuses on neighborhood revitalization through home preservation, critical home repair and neighborhood clean up projects.
  • In 2013 we completed our first Owner Occupied home renovation project. It was sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Lexington's Remodelers Council.
In 2017 we will continue work on improving our infrastructure and efficiency, with particular attention to family recruitment, fundraising and volunteer recruitment and a streamlined build calendar.
Needs Statement
1. Financial Donations (donations may be made in honor or memory of someone and may be designated for specific projects).
2.In-Kind Donations ( HVAC, Electric, Roofing, Drywall, Flooring) If your company is interested in donating any of these services please call Lexington Habitat's Construction Director at 859-252-2224 x117.
3. Tools (Lexington Habitat has a wide variety of tool needs such as paint brushes, cordless drills, hammers, etc.)
4. Home Sponsorships (A full home sponsorship for a Lexington Habitat home is $60,000 and may be divided among many businesses and/or individuals)
5. Volunteers are needed to assist with build site construction, office tasks, graphic design, photography, special events, working at the ReStore, etc.
6. Build-able Property located in Fayette County.   
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Together . . . building a better tomorrow – that is our theme at Lexington Habitat for Humanity. We bring together community partners to help build a better tomorrow for families in need of simple, decent, affordable housing; for streets and neighborhoods in need of transformation; and for individuals and organizations who are looking for ways to serve others in this community and around the world.


Our families are hardworking folks whose incomes fall below 60% of area median income. Families do not qualify for traditional mortgages. We offer them the opportunity to build the home they will purchase alongside donors and volunteers. 

Families must first undergo financial screening, home visits, and approval by our Board of Directors. Once in the program, the families participate in 40-50 hours of homeownership training and education. Families must also commit to serving 250-500 hours of sweat equity!

We have served over 425 families in Lexington. As part of our partnership with Habitat International, we send “tithe” funds for each house we build. Our tithe funds currently go to Malawi Habitat for Humanity, the Orphans and Vulnerable Groups fund and the Global Mission Fund. In 2014 we achieved a huge milestone - tithing over $1 million dollars. Because of the compassion and dedication of this community, more nearly 700 families worldwide now live in simple, decent, affordable housing.

Streets and Neighborhoods

Lexington Habitat has traditionally built on in-fill lots in downtown Lexington (east and west ends), the Georgetown street area and in Winburn. One house at a time, one street at a time, we are working with the generous folks of Lexington to help improve our community.  


We accomplish our mission through partnerships. We offer opportunities for folks to share their resources in many ways:

  • Donations are always appreciated in the form of cash, in-kind products and services, or new and gently used home goods and building materials to the ReStore.
  • Volunteers of all skill levels and interests are the foundation of our program. We need volunteers to hammer and paint, serve on committees, take pictures, work in the ReStore, etc.
  • We are an ecumenical Christian ministry, founded on a principle we believe Jesus modeled for us: love one another. We accept as supporters and families without regard to faith or belief. We do appreciate the undergirding of prayer which keeps us going when times are challenging and joyful.

Lexington Habitat changes the lives of those who serve with us – it reaches in and grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. Come, join the family!

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
We serve the economically disadvantaged urban areas of Fayette County, Kentucky.
In addition, For each home we build in Lexington we tithe $2,250 for homes to be built in Malawi and communities supported through the Global Mission Fund and the Orphans and Vulnerable Groups Fund. To date we have tithed over $1 million and helped serve more than 300 families internationally.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Chris Crumrine
Company Affiliation University of Kentucky
Term Jan 2017 to Dec
Board Members
Bishop Carter Bethsaida Baptist ChurchVoting
Mr. Chris Clifford UK
Mr. Chris Crumrine UK
Laura Dalzell Cabinets & Designs IncVoting
Veronica Dean Thacker Transylvania UniversityVoting
Mr. David Doss Messer Construction CompanyVoting
Cliff Ellerbrook RetiredVoting
Ms. Marlene Helm Community Volunteer
Mr. Parashar Joshi Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Kevin McGuire Messer Constuction
Drew McLellan Homebuilder, HBALVoting
Mr. Dwain Neeley Community Volunteer
Brandi Peacher LFUCGVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 3%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2014
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Mr. Dennis Pike JrPreston & Pike
CEO Comments Lexington Habitat is blessed to have an active and engaged Board of Directors. They bring a strong and diverse set of experiences and expertise which enable them to support our mission. They have a deep understanding of our mission and freely give their time, talents and resources.  
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Rachel Smith Childress
Term Start Nov 2007
Email rachelc@lexhabitat.org

Full Time Staff 30
Part Time Staff 25
Volunteers 1000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 73%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 50
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 35
Female 20
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mr. Grant Phelps 2001 - 2007
Mrs. MaryJo Votruba 1998 - 2001
Senior Staff
Title Resource Development Director
Title Family Services Director
Title Restore Director
Title Finance and Administration Director
Title Love Your Neighborhood Manager
Title Construction Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description To be eligible to become a Lexington Habitat for Humanity Partner Family, you must meet the following requirements: Be a legal United States resident, live or work in Fayette County for at least one continuous year prior to application Earn a minimum of $1,200 gross per month Have a steady source of income for two years prior to filing the application, or one year if you've been at your current job for one year. Any bankruptcy filings must have been discharged a minimum of one year prior to filing an application (Maximum Income) -- Have a total household income which does not exceed 60% of the median income for similar size families in Fayette County. In addition, you also have to meet the following: Partner families are selected based upon actual need for housing, ability to pay, and willingness to partner Lexington Habitat does not discriminate because of age, race, religion, sex, handicap status, veteran status, marital status, or national origin It takes approximately 12-18 months from the time a selected family applies to the time they move into their Habitat home.
Budget 7005
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served General/Unspecified, Families, US& International
Program Short Term Success
Our short-term goal is to provide housing to families of low-income. In addition, it is also our goal to provide a positive experience for all the partner families that enter our program.
Program Long term Success
The ultimate success would be a lack of need for affordable housing in our community. It is our goal to serve those of low-income in need of affordable housing and reach 100% served.
Program Success Monitored By
Our programs success is tracked through surveys, notes, and follow-up interviews.
Examples of Program Success
Our true assessment of our return on investment will come with satisfaction surveys, and stories like these: One tangible example that exemplifies the beauty and purpose of our organization is the story of Jackie Boone. Lexington Habitat for Humanity was only the beginning for Jackie Boone. A recovered drug addict who overcome major obstacles and became a homeowner, “Everybody calls me a crybaby, but I cry every time I think about how much my life has changed,” she said. “The people at Habitat believed in me, so I can’t help but believe in myself. I thank God for them.”

 Pink roses dot the landscaping in front of Jackie Boone’s Habitat house. From the first nail to the finishing touches, Jackie had Lexington Habitat staff, volunteers and donors by her side helping her gain the skills and confidence she needed to become a first time homeowner. It was important to Jackie to have a home for her grandchildren. Since becoming a homeowner in 2008, Jackie has been promoted to team leader at her job and she has maintained spotless credit. She learned the importance of financial management during Lexington Habitat homeownership classes. She is a shining example of Habitat’s emphasis on homeowner education paving the way for successful homeownership.  

On any given day sweat, tears, and joy are all around us. In the Construction Department, a first wall is going up in a home for all in the community to see. In the office, development staff are soliciting donations, family services is taking calls for those who need a home and providing them with excitement about their future.
On any given day, a family is turning the key to more than a door, but a new life that exceeds all their dreams.
What we do is more than just providing a house for someone, it is providing a new way of living that spreads throughout a community and in turn takes an area from hopelessness and despair to vibrancy and joy.
Description In 2015 Lexington Habitat launched Love Your Neighborhood—Critical Home Repair & Home Preservation. This program helps low-income homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy and
affordable home. Critical Home Repair is part of a Habitat for Humanity nation-wide effort to serve homeowners who are affected by age, disability or family circumstances and struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes. Through extensive interior or exterior work, critical health, life and/or safety and affordability issues are alleviated.
 Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood—Critical Home Repair & Home Preservation program requires an affordable payment from the homeowner for a small portion of the repair costs. The program focuses on both exterior and interior home repair services such as roof repairs  and replacement, wall repairs, floor systems, weatherization, electrical, plumbing and HVAC, and handicap accessibility issues.
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments One of my assignments while studying at Lexington Theological Seminary many years ago was to write an essay on how I understood the term “Gospel” (good news). For me the message is clear and unequivocal: we are to love God and love each other. It is that simple. It is that difficult. The letter to the Galatians says it like this: “For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. . . . Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill that law.”
Decent housing is a burden for thousands in our community and millions around the world. One of the things we have learned in almost 30 years of ministry is that a decent place to live includes more than the structures we inhabit. A decent place to live includes the street, neighborhood and community as a whole. The burden of housing is tied to other burdens: health, financial ability to support family and community, safety, educational success, relationships, satisfaction with life, happiness . . . hope.
While decent, affordable housing is at the center of our mission, our vision that everyone has a decent place to live led us to recognize these other factors. We are proud of our history of offering homeownership to more than 425 families. We are proud of our vision, expanding into new ways to serve more families and our community as a whole. The Love Your Neighborhood projects are the essence of this expansion. These projects include street clean-ups which improve safety and make the streets more attractive. Home repair projects offer minor exterior repairs which improve the safety and quality of homes; critical home repairs offer homeowners the opportunity to make needed improvements with structural issues affecting safety, health and energy efficiency.
While proud and grateful for these and other accomplishments, we know there is more to be done. In 2015 we embarked on a strategic planning process to inform how we should continue to serve this generous and compassionate community. I am excited about what God is showing and teaching us through this process. I pray that we will be open and faithful to whatever it is God desires for this Affiliate for the next five, ten . . . and fifty years.

God has used a myriad of unique and gifted folks to share God’s love with a new voice which has echoed through the centuries.

Listen, can you hear it?

I can. . . and what I hear it saying is that God has and will continue to use willing and steadfast people to help ensure we all have a decent place to live and, if we listen, God will continue to show us how.


Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2016
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/Chapter1987
Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace FlexibilityUK Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) and the When Work Works National2010
Best Places to WorkKentucky Chamber of Commerce2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $4,766,011.00
Projected Expenses $4,567,088.00
Endowment Value $1,034,745.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$4,504,077$4,800,098$3,961,980
Total Expenses$4,127,516$4,446,674$3,992,422
Revenue Less Expenses$376,561$353,424($30,442)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$431,631$281,668$493,583
Individual Contributions$1,200,769$1,703,730$1,203,987
Investment Income, Net of Losses$19,575$27,844$15,699
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$88,100$101,776$90,039
Revenue In-Kind$54,515--$110,180
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,594,472$3,874,318$3,411,849
Administration Expense$131,647$175,124$177,463
Fundraising Expense$401,397$397,232$403,110
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.080.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue23%19%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,479,460$8,463,075$8,161,605
Current Assets$5,638,739$5,738,680$5,208,148
Long-Term Liabilities$1,282,612$1,655,119$1,651,532
Current Liabilities$530,928$432,235$526,058
Total Net Assets$6,665,920$6,375,721$5,984,015
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2014 990 LHFH 30 June 2014
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments Organization changed fiscal years during the last three years from calendar year to fiscal year ending June 30th.
Address 700 E. Loudon Ave
Lexington, KY 405053814
Primary Phone 859 252-2224
Contact Email danas@lexhabitat.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Smith Childress
Board Chair Mr. Chris Crumrine
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kentucky