LEXINGTON RESCUE MISSION INC
P.O. Box 1050
Lexington KY 40588
Contact Information
Nonprofit LEXINGTON RESCUE MISSION INC
Address P.O. Box 1050
Lexington, KY 40588
Phone (859) 381-9600
Fax 859 381-9603
Contact Name Jim Connell
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2001
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You may donate securely online, or you may make a check payable to Lexington Rescue Mission and mail it to P.O. Box 1050, Lexington, KY 40588. You may also drop off your donation at our office located at 444 Glen Arvin Ave.
 
Through our Bread and Life Circle, you may donate to mission on a regular monthly basis. For as little as $15/month -- or 50 cents per day -- you can have a powerful impact: providing meals for seven people, clothing for one child, or a workbook for one student in Jobs for Life.
 
To join our monthly giving club, the Bread and Life Circle, just choose the Recurring Donation option when you donate through our website to start giving automatically. You can use your credit card or give directly from your bank account, and be assured you can change or cancel your gift at any time. You'll be giving men, women and children in Lexington the promise of a better life today and a brighter, more secure tomorrow. To learn more about the benefits of our Bread & Life Circle, contact Laura Carr (859) 381-9600, ext. 227, or at laura@lexingtonrescue.org. 
 
Group tours of the mission are generally offered three times a month. The scheduled dates for the month are posted on our website. Call Laura Carr at (859) 381-9600, ext. 227, to arrange a tour time. Prospective volunteers will learn how they can get involved by coming to one of our tours.
Other Documents
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement Lexington Rescue Mission exists to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area.
Background Statement

Lexington Rescue Mission was founded in 2001 by Jim Connell, who followed God’s call to move from Indiana to Kentucky to start this outreach to hurting people. Jim’s professional experience in accounting, fund-raising, and project management as well as years of leading a lay benevolence ministry had equipped him with the skills he would need to lead this ministry. Nevertheless, with no personal connections or money to fund the ministry, he knew this mission would only succeed if God was driving it.

Indeed, God has grown and expanded our ministry over the years. Today, we have 22 staff members and 60 weekly volunteers who carry out a multi-faceted ministry to thousands of hurting people, helping to meet critical needs, providing healing from the inside out, and inspiring hope for the future.

Lexington Rescue Mission is an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization that is governed by an independent Board of Directors. Lexington Rescue Mission is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM).

We value collaboration with other local ministries and agencies addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness, reentry, and employment in order to provide effective solutions. As such, we are active members of the Lexington-Fayette County Continuum of Care, the Office for Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Advocacy Committee, the Bluegrass Reentry Council, Central Kentucky Homeless and Housing Initiative, the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, and the Resource Office for Social Ministries (ROSM) network.
Impact Statement

In 2017, Lexington Rescue Mission:

  • Served 41,247 meals to the hungry
  • Provided 726 households with free clothing
  • Provided 102 people with transportation assistance
  • Prevented eviction or utility shut off for 102 families
  • Moved 12 families from homelessness to housing
  • Placed 96 unemployed men and women in jobs
  • Prepared 118 men and women for life after incarceration
  • Provided transitional housing to 45 men at The Potter's House
  • Connected 1,203 people to community resources
  • Led 163 people in spiritual formation through Steady Hands
Needs Statement
Lexington Rescue Mission depends on food donations to help us keep our meal costs low. The items we use most are canned fruit, spaghetti, pasta sauce, diced canned tomatoes, canned corn, green beans, peas and carrots, peanut butter, individual packages of cheese or peanut butter crackers, lemonade mix, tea mix, coffee, sugar and creamer.
 
We are also in need of hygiene products for our clients. These include deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, lip balm, razors, shaving cream, and feminine hygiene products. You may drop off any food or toiletry donations at our Outreach Center at 444 Glen Arvin Ave.
 
Our services depend on volunteers, and our most pressing volunteer needs right now are for mentors for students in Jobs for Life, men and women who are incarcerated, and the men living at The Potter's House.  
 
Finally, Lexington Rescue Mission relies upon individuals, businesses, and churches in the community for financial support. Each donation helps our ministry accomplish its purpose of reaching hearts and transforming lives.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Lexington Rescue Mission is all about carrying out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) through the Great Commandment (Matt 22:36-40). Our byline is "Reaching Hearts...Changing Lives".  When hearts are reached through the good news that Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost, lives can truly change.  We see this lived out every day in the lives we touch here at the mission.
 
I'm sure you've heard it said, "give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. But teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." Our focus at Lexington Rescue Mission is to "teach a man to fish".  To carry out this goal, however, we must first demonstrate our love and compassion.  Jesus said the world will know His disciples by their love. It is also true that people don't care what you know until they know how much you care.
 
Therefore, we feed and clothe those in need. We provide help with basic needs, like hygiene and transportation. We help individuals and families who are homeless move into homes of their own.
 
One a relationship of trust is built, we can begin to help people "learn to fish" through life-skill classes such as Jobs for Life The Genesis Process.  We help people connect to other community resources they need through case management, and we pray with people and counsel those seeking wisdom. We also help people to develop positive relationships with one another and with God through our Steady Hands group. 
 
The mission exists because God sustains it and makes it grow.  He has chosen to do that through the faithful prayers and financial support of thousands of people in our community.  If you have not given to the mission, I hope you will me join me in our effort to look after and help the poor.
 
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done." (Proverbs 19:17)
 
 
 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Homeless Services/Centers
Tertiary Organization Category Employment / Employment Preparation & Procurement
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Fayette County
Jessamine County
Woodford County
Boyle County
Lexington Rescue Mission serves the greater Lexington area.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
1) People will take steps out of poverty through financial stability. 
Individuals and families struggling to make ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck, are often one emergency away from homelessness. Many of these folks find their way to the Mission for help with rent and utility assistance, food, clothing, medical care or other necessities. We work to provide immediate relief, but, more importantly, we help people look at their situation and see where they could make changes to become more stable. We help our guests create an individual plan and support them as they work toward financial stability. We measure our success by getting in touch with clients three months after their last case management visit to assess their situation and how confident they feel about their ability to pay their monthly bills. 
 
2) People will transition from homelessness to housing.
Homeless men who are leaving an institutional setting -- whether it's jail, a shelter, or a substance abuse recovery program -- often struggle to manage life on their own. We offer transitional housing and support to help these men make a successful transition into independent living. We measure our success by contacting former residents three months after discharge to find out if they have maintained stable housing.
 
3) People will secure and maintain lasting employment. Unemployment lies at the core of poverty and robs people of their dignity. We work to equip unemployed men and women for lasting employment and restore their dignity. We measure our success by whether they maintain steady employment six months after finishing our program.
 
4) People will re-enter the community upon release.
Inmates who are leaving incarceration are often ill-equipped to navigate the challenges of returning home. Starting while they are in jail and continuing after they are released, we come alongside men and women to offer the training, guidance and support that they need to make a successful transition back into the community. We measure our success by the number of clients who return to jail or prison within three years of release.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
We have the following three overall strategies for meeting our goals:
 
1) Outreach Services
Lexington Rescue Mission offers a variety of programs that alleviate the effects of poverty while building relationships that can lead to real and lasting change in people's lives. Whether people come to our Outreach Center for a hot meal, a warm coat, a medical visit, financial assistance, or help finding housing, they find staff and volunteers who will listen to and care about them. Because of our hospitality-focused strategy, our guests invite us into their lives to help them become more stable. In fact, in a recent survey of our guests, 53% said they come here daily, 26% said they come once a week, and 26% said they come at least once a month. They come for case management, pastoral counseling, and guidance. We are able to help them find affordable housing, access public benefits, find better employment and make decisions that will help them better care for themselves and their families. It's not an overnight process, but we see the results in the changed lives of those with whom we work. 
 
2) Housing
 
Lexington Rescue Mission operates a transitional home for men called The Potter's House. Our staff provides residents with support and accountability to help them make a successful transition to independent living. Residents are offered a broad array of services to help them get back on their feet, including food and clothing, employment training and placement, a free health clinic, and assistance accessing public benefits. The house staff also provide case management and pastoral counseling to help residents set and achieve their goals. To help residents progress in making positive changes, our staff holds them accountable to their commitments. These include sobriety, finding employment, developing and keeping a budget, attending meetings, and growing spiritually. Our transitional living program incorporates best practices set by our peers in the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), through which we are accredited.
 
3) Employment
 
Lexington Rescue Mission trains and connects job-seekers to employment through Jobs for Life and Advance Lexington. Jobs for Life is a comprehensive job training course that teaches employment skills and character qualities from a Biblical perspective. Participants also receive assistance in their job search, including help obtaining IDs, bus passes, gas cards, interview attire, work clothing and other necessities. Jobs for Life graduates are eligible to enroll in Advance Lexington, our staffing services that contracts with local employers to provide temporary paid work for graduates of Jobs for Life and assists each person in making the transition to permanent employment.
 
4) Re-Entry
 
Our re-entry program, Breaking Chains, provides training and support to assist incarcerated men and women in making a smooth transition into the community. We work with those who are currently and formerly incarcerated, offering our case management to inmates at Fayette, Jessamine and Woodford County jails, Northpoint Training Center, and to those on probation or parole. We also offer classes -- Jobs for Life, Authentic Manhood, and The Genesis Process -- to inmates in Fayette and Woodford County Detention Centers and Northpoint Training Center. In addition to its partnerships with local jails, Breaking Chains partners with Fayette County Drug Court, U.S. Probation and Parole, and Dismas Charities.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
Founded in 2001, Lexington Rescue Mission has a broad base of support in the community, with 7,500 donors actively supporting the ministry in the last 12 months. Giving has grown an average of 8.58% annually, from $891,659 in 2011 to $1,338,614 in 2016. Our board, staff, and volunteers are committed to excellence and serving according to the highest standards set by our peers, which is why our organization is accredited by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Our executive director, Jim Connell, just finished serving a three-year term as president of the Southern District of AGRM.
 
 
We value working with other organizations that have a stake in our clients' success and can help complete the continuum of care needed by our clients. Therefore, we are active members of the Lexington-Fayette Continuum of Care, the Office for Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Advocacy Committee, the Central Kentucky Housing and Homeless Initiative, the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, and the ROSM network. We are also members of Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Local First Lexington, and Commerce Lexington. 
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
We have developed program-specific indicators to measure our progress toward meeting our goals and objectives for each division.
 
Outreach Services
For our health clinic patients, we are tracking whether the patient's acute medical needs were met and whether they have medical insurance.
 
For guests who come to our walk-in hours, we track whether their acute need was met and whether they were made aware of additional services from which they may benefit. If they want help beyond the presenting need, we track whether they were referred to the appropriate program, had a meeting with the staff person, and were accepted into the program. For those who express interest in case management, we track how many show up for their initial appointment and create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Then, we track their primary goals, any progress they make on taking the steps outlined in the IDP, and their success in achieving their goals.
 
For guests seeking financial assistance for rent or utility bills, we track how many appointments were scheduled and the number of people who show up for their appointments. Of those who come for an appointment, we track how many we assist financially, how many applications are pending, and how many were denied due to ineligibility. Of those who receive financial support, we contact them three months after they are assisted to assess their financial stability.
 
For community meals, we track the number of meals served.
 
Housing
For residents of the Potter's House, we look at the following indicators: attendance of support group meetings, testing negative for drugs and alcohol, demonstrated spending within their budget and reducing debt, following a job search plan, completing household chores, meeting with the house chaplain, and hearing and understanding the Gospel.
 
Employment
For participants in Jobs for Life, we are tracking attendance at Jobs for Life classes and completion of homework assignments. For graduates who enroll in our staffing service, Advance Lexington, we track their completion of all HR paperwork, whether they remain available for job placement, and whether they demonstrate reliability at work through punctuality and attendance. We also track all temporary and permanent job placements.
 
Re-Entry
For men and women who are incarcerated, we track their attendance and completion of classes in jail. We also track whether they connect with the Mission post-release. For those on probation or parole, we track the  number of people who met with us about our re-entry services and how  many of them completed a program application, created an IDP, are taking steps in their IDP, and are achieving their set goals. Of those working their case management plan, we also track their recidivism.
 
We are measuring these indicators and reporting on them quarterly to the Executive Director to determine if we are making progress toward our goals and objectives. Once we have one year of data in January 2018, we will be able to identify our key milestones and work toward continuous quality improvement.
 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
In 2016, our Board of Directors approved a four-year strategic plan that focuses on three targeted areas of growth: transitional housing, workforce development, and ex-offender re-entry.
 
Transitional Housing
Our strategic plan calls for converting at least six beds at the Potter's House to short-term housing for men awaiting further placement and increasing the transitional beds for men by 20. We currently are renovating a property that will enable us to more than double the number of beds we currently have available, and we plan to open this building in October 2017. 
 
Workforce Development
We plan to develop Advance Lexington, our staffing service, into a sustainable enterprise by increasing the number of employer clients and the number of temporary hours worked. We also plan to develop the earning capacity of workers by offering or arranging job-specific training for higher paying jobs. In addition, we are building associations with other community stakeholders to strengthen the referral base for job-readiness training. We have made progress on our referral base by building referral partnerships with Dismas Charities, Salvation Army, and Jubilee Jobs. 
 
Ex-Offender Re-entry
We plan to develop and run a training program to recruit, train, and support volunteers needed to teach and mentor inside and outside jail or prison. We have partnered with Mission Behind Bars, an experienced jail ministry, to bring quality training to all of our volunteers, and we just recruited an AmeriCorps VISTA member who will help coordinate this effort over the course of this next year. As a part of our strategic plan, we also expanded our in-jail training to include Biblical character-building courses for men and women. In 2016, we began offering Authentic Manhood and The Genesis Process to men and women at Fayette and Woodford County Detention Centers. We also plan to add a federal prison and two or more county jail training sites. In January 2017, we began working in Northpoint prison in Danville and plan to add training sites at the jails in Bourbon and Jessamine counties soon. Finally, we plan to develop a continuum of care for ex-offenders to successfully reintegrate them into the community. We are working to establish these partnerships and were recently allocated funding for Rapid Rehousing for Ex-Offenders through the Lexington-Fayette Continuum of Care, which will provide additional housing support and ensure our re-entry program is coordinated with all Continuum of Care agencies.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Gary Loucks
Company Affiliation Central Bank
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Gary Brown RetiredVoting
Mr. Jim Connell Lexington Rescue MissionVoting
Mr. John Elder RetiredVoting
Mrs. Maxine Franklin RetiredVoting
Mr. Wayne Logan Netgain TechnologiesVoting
Mr. Gary Loucks Central BankVoting
Mr. Rob McBride Guardian Savings BankVoting
Mrs. Elizabeth Royse Netgain TechnologiesVoting
Mr. David Stone RetiredVoting
Mr. Jeff Yeary H&W ManagementVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 77%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Jim Connell
Term Start Apr 2001
Email jim@lexingtonrescue.org
Experience

Jim Connell is the founder and executive director of the Lexington Rescue Mission. In April 2001, Jim left his home and career in Columbus, Indiana to move to Lexington and start the mission. Jim is a former CPA and served as the Chief Financial Officer for a Quinco Behavioral Health Systems, a regional community mental health center. From 1996 to 1997, Jim served as a Project Manager to start a free medical clinic staffed by volunteer nurses and doctors. Following this work, he joined the staff at the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation to conduct their annual fund-raising efforts. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Lexington Rescue Mission, Jim was elected to serve as President of the Southern District of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions from 2012 to 2014.

Jim lives on the north side of Lexington with his wife Becky. Jim has two grown children, Laura, who works as Development Director for the mission, and Brian, who works as the Senior Director of Legislative Affairs at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Jim and his wife are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Staff
Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 565
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 73%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 9
Unspecified 0
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
Comments
CEO Comments Lexington Rescue Mission is accredited by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.
Description
Community Meals
Free, hot meals are served to the hungry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at noon.
 
Walk-In Hours
Guests may meet with our Resource Coordinator during our walk-in hours, which are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. We commonly  help people with clothing, hygiene, household supplies, prescriptions, food pantry referrals, and transportation.
 
Case Management
Our Resource Coordinator is available to meet with guests by appointment for extended help, including finding housing and making Individual Development Plans.
 
Homeless Intervention Program
We provide housing counseling, rent assistance, and after-care to move homeless families into affordable housing.
 
Spiritual Care
Guests who want to grow in their relationship with God may attend chapel services, Steady Hands, or meet for pastoral counseling.
 
Budget 376024
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short Term Success We measure our success by getting in touch with clients three months after their last case management visit to assess their situation and how confident they feel about their ability to pay their monthly bills.
Program Long term Success People will take steps out of poverty through financial stability. Individuals and families struggling to make ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck, are often one emergency away from homelessness. Many of these folks find their way to the Mission for help with food, clothing, or other necessities. We work to provide immediate relief, but, more importantly, we help people look at their situation and see where they could make changes to become more stable. We help our guests create an individual plan and support them as they work toward financial stability.
Program Success Monitored By Case notes are kept by our social worker and Outreach Center staff in our secure, online client database. Surveys are administered by phone three months after case management clients have finished meeting with a case worker, and all results are recorded in the database. Program statistics are reported to the Executive Director and the Board monthly for monitoring, program indicators are reported quarterly, and the Board conducts formal program reviews biennially.
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, 1,203 people came in for 1,607 visits  during walk-in hours. Of these clients, 83% of their acute needs were met (clothing, hygiene products, household supplies, etc.). Of these 1,203 clients, 200 were referred to another program within the mission, 88 of them met with the appropriate staff person, and 55 were accepted into that program. Additionally, 33 homeless households were evaluated for assistance through our Homeless Intervention Program, and 21 were eligible and entered the program. Twelve obtained housing, four are still seeking housing, and five withdrew from the program. Of those who were housed, four have maintained housing for at least three months and two have maintained housing for six months. One of these families is Alfred and his wife, Alesia, who were homeless and living out of their vehicle for over a year after Alfred became disabled and lost his job. With our help, Alfred and Alesia began receiving SSDI and were able to find and move into a home.
 
Description
Located at 649 N. Limestone, The Potter's House is a transitional home with 14 beds that serves men who are homeless, leaving incarceration or have graduated from a long-term treatment program. We provide a safe place where these men can practice recovery principles, be held accountable and learn how to live a sober, healthy life.
 
We provide accountability to help residents progress in their commitment to living out positive change in their lives. It is essential that each resident be willing to be responsible through demonstrating accountability by submitting verification of attendance at required recovery meetings and church. We also conduct random drug and breathalyzer tests for alcohol. Residents are not alone at The Potter's House.
 
They have access to a broad array of services offered by the Mission, including food and clothing, employment training and job placement, a free health clinic, and assistance accessing public benefits. We provide case management and pastoral counseling.
Budget 256632
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Males
Program Short Term Success Clients will reduce their incidence of homelessness by one half for three months following their discharge from The Potter's House.
Program Long term Success People will transition from homelessness to housing. Homeless men who are leaving an institutional setting -- whether it's jail, a shelter, or a substance abuse recovery program -- often struggle to manage life on their own. We offer transitional housing and support to help these men make a successful transition into independent living.
Program Success Monitored By Our program staff records all client data and case notes, including progress on the outcome above, in our secure client database. Statistics are reported to the Executive Director and Board on a monthly basis, indicators and milestones are reported quarterly, and each program has a formal review biennially by the Board.
Examples of Program Success

 

In 2017, Lexington Rescue Mission housed 45 men at The Potter's House. Of those men, 69% obtained gainful full-time employment, 98% did not return to incarceration, 82% maintained their sobriety, 46% met formally with the chaplain for spiritual care, 51% completed a budget, 90% attended weekly relapse prevention meetings, 84% attended church regularly, 78% attended support groups, and 59% developed a supportive social network. As these numbers show, many of these men were able to move toward independent living. Chris is one young man whose life was changed at The Potter's House last year. For eight months, the Potter's House provided Chris with meals, a warm bed, job training, and pastoral counseling to help him get back on his feet and grow in his relationship with the Lord. Today, Chris is working as a painter, saving money, living in his own apartment, and rebuilding a relationship with his daughter.
Description
Jobs for Life is a national program that operates in more than 300 sites around the country, helping job-seekers prepare for, find, and maintain lasting employment. We teach Jobs for Life classes to anyone is who is unemployed or underemployed. This Biblically-based course helps job-seekers develop the job skills and character qualities that will set them apart from other job applicants and make them successful in any workplace.
 
We also assist participants in their job search, including helping them obtain IDs, bus passes, gas cards, interview attire, work clothing and other necessities. Advance Lexington, our staffing service, contracts with local employers to provide temporary paid work to graduates of Jobs for Life and helps them secure permanent employment.
Budget 57172
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Program Short Term Success Jobs for Life graduates will secure steady employment, or pursue education, lasting six months or more following their program graduation.
Program Long term Success
People will secure and maintain lasting employment. Unemployment lies at the core of poverty and robs people of their dignity. We work to equip unemployed men and women for lasting employment and restore their dignity.
 
Program Success Monitored By We contact our graduates three months and six months post-graduation to assess their employment status. Our staff records all client case notes in our secure, online database, where we track these outcomes. Our program statistics are reported monthly to the Executive Director, and our indicators are reported quarterly. Biennially, our Board conducts a comprehensive program review of each program.
Examples of Program Success

 

In 2017, we employed 56 job-seekers in 103 temporary assignments through our staffing service, Advance Lexington, and 74% of them are still employed or continue to work on at least a part-time/as-needed basis. We also placed 40 job-seekers directly in permanent jobs, and 72% of them were still working after the first quarter of 2018. Kameron was one of our Jobs for Life graduates last year. He took the class while he was living at The Potter's House and learned the skills he needed to find and keep a good job. "This place goes above and beyond to make sure you're equipped to handle everyday life while also teaching you faith along the way." Since coming to the Mission, Kameron found a good job at Toyota and is preparing to start college, where he will major in business administration so he can pursue a career in real estate. He is also living on his own now, able to provide for himself.

 

Description
Breaking Chains provides training and support to assist incarcerated men and women in making a smooth transition into the community. We work with those who are currently and formerly incarcerated, offering our classes and case management to inmates at Fayette County Detention Center, Woodford County Detention Center, Jessamine County Detention Center, Blackburn Correctional Complex, and Northpoint Training Center.
 
Our classes include The Genesis Process and Jobs for Life. The Genesis Process is 14-week class that addresses a fundamental struggle in life: the struggle to change. The process identifies the fears that drive our self-destructive behaviors and emotions and helps resolve them so people can find true and lasting freedom. Jobs for Life is a 14-week course helps train men and women in the job skills and character qualities that prepare them for success in the workforce.
Budget 229372
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Inmate Support
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short Term Success We measure our success by the number of clients who return to jail or prison within three years of release. We also track how many men and women attended life-skills classes while they were incarcerated, how many graduated from those classes, how many came to the mission for services after their release, how many created individual re-entry plans with our case worker, how many completed at least one goal in their individual re-entry plan (employment/education, housing, family reunification, mentor, etc.), and how many people with re-entry plans were re-arrested.
Program Long term Success People will re-enter the community upon release. Inmates who are leaving incarceration are often ill-equipped to navigate the challenges of returning home. Starting while they are in jail and continuing after they are released, we come alongside men and women to offer the training, guidance and support that they need to make a successful transition back into the community.
Program Success Monitored By We have partnered with the University of Kentucky's Sociology Department, which is collecting and tracking data to determine the effectiveness of our program. All client data is recorded in our client database, and program statistics are reported to the Executive Director on a monthly basis. Indicators are reported on a quarterly basis, and the Board conducts a thorough review of each program biennially.
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, 329 people attended our life-skill classes while incarcerated, and 118 graduated from them. Additionally, 116 men and women met with our case manager for 442 visits after their release. Of those 116 people, 89 completed at least one of their goals in their re-entry plan (housing, employment, family reunification, etc.). Of these 89 clients, five recidivated and returned to incarceration
 
Jarod was one of these clients. We met him when he was waiting to be tried and incarcerated. By helping him get Christmas presents for his kids and navigate social services, we were able to open the door to minister to deeper needs. Jarod began participating in one of our classes while he was in jail and, once he was released, we were able to provide food for his family and clothes for work. Today, he is employed at a factory, providing for his own family, with hope for the future. "Anything I needed to get things back in order, Lexington Rescue Mission was there," he said.
Description Advance Lexington is our staffing services that provides job placement to graduates of Jobs for Life and Jubilee Jobs. We contract with local employers, who provide temporary, paid work assignments to participants. Our staff provides the support these participants need to obtain and maintain employment and assists them in finding permanent employment.
Budget 133904
Category Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Program Short Term Success We measure our success by whether they maintain steady employment six months after finishing our program. We track the number of people who are placed in temporary work assignments and permanent jobs. We contact them quarterly to determine whether they have been able to maintain their employment and determine if they need additional support.
Program Long term Success People will secure and maintain lasting employment. Unemployment lies at the core of poverty and robs people of their dignity. We work to equip unemployed men and women for lasting employment and restore their dignity.
Program Success Monitored By We contact our graduates three months and six months post-graduation to assess their employment status. Our staff records all client case notes in our secure, online database, where we track these outcomes. Our program statistics are reported monthly to the Executive Director, and our indicators are reported quarterly. Biennially, our Board conducts a comprehensive program review of each program.
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, we employed 56 job-seekers in 103 temporary assignments through our staffing service, Advance Lexington, and 74% of them are still employed or continue to work on at least a part-time/as-needed basis. We also placed 40 job-seekers directly in permanent jobs, and 72% of them were still working after the first quarter of 2018.
 
Jim got the help he needed at Advance Lexington after he lost his job and was struggling to make ends meet. "I was unemployed for a few months," he said. "I had to find other work so I could pay rent." Through Advance Lexington, Jim was able to work in temporary assignments at local companies, including J&R Construction and Green Home Solutions, until we could place him in a job at Lynn Imaging, which hired him on permanently. A year later, Jim is still working downtown at Lynn Imaging. "The Mission was reliable," he said. "I was able to earn a living. I'm very appreciative that I had somewhere to go for help."
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2016
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Lexington Rescue Mission collaborates with other local ministries, including New Life Day Center, Jubilee Jobs, Room in the Inn, Bread & Life Ministries, Lighthouse Ministries, The Salvation Army, the Resource Office for Social Ministries, and the Lexington Leadership Foundation. The mission is also a member of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, the Central Kentucky Housing & Homeless Initiative, the Lexington-Fayette Continuum of Care, the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Advocacy Committee, Local First Lexington and Commerce Lexington.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)2001
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2011
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Top Rated Non-Profit 2012Great Nonprofits2012
Top Rated Non-Profit 2014Great Nonprofits2014
Top Rated Non-Profit 2016Great Nonprofits2016
Best Christian WorkplaceBest Christian Workplaces Institute2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,796,275.00
Projected Expenses $1,719,084.00
Endowment Value $38,027.00
Spending Policy N/A
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$1,420,077$1,259,331$1,077,665
Total Expenses$1,395,136$1,091,105$1,153,913
Revenue Less Expenses$24,941$168,226($76,248)
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
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Government Contributions$49,000$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$49,000----
Individual Contributions$1,229,429$1,179,682$1,010,700
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--$200$7,252
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$44,955$56,779$44,748
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$96,693$22,670$14,957
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$880,195$608,913$681,818
Administration Expense$115,886$170,721$166,523
Fundraising Expense$399,055$311,471$305,572
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.150.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%56%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue30%25%29%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$602,107$595,895$418,844
Current Assets$254,442$318,304$155,082
Long-Term Liabilities$203,163$226,420$233,524
Current Liabilities$49,871$45,343$29,414
Total Net Assets$349,073$324,132$155,906
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address P.O. Box 1050
Lexington, KY 40588
Primary Phone 859 381-9600
Contact Email info@lexingtonrescue.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Connell
Board Chair Mr. Gary Loucks
Board Chair Company Affiliation Central Bank