P.O. Box 1603
Lexington KY 40588-1603
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1603
Lexington, KY 40588 1603
Phone (859) 253-2615
Fax 859 253-0282
Contact Name Heather Darby
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1977
Former Names
Lexington Rape Crisis Center
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

When you support the BRCC you support survivors and educate your community. Join us in creating a less violent Bluegrass. 

Please visit or send a check to P.O. Box 1603 Lexington, KY 40588 to make a donation today!

-Join our community. We host a variety of events throughout the year, both formal and casual.

Feud for a Cause: BRCC hosts 4 rounds of this Family Feud Style tournament each year. Eight teams of 3-5 players compete in each round. Each player makes a donation of $30 to play making this an important fundraising and outreach effort for the BRCC. Volunteer to recruit a team to Feud for a Cause and email for more information!
Halloween Soiree: BRCC's signature fundraising event boasts live entertainment, a curated silent auction, a seated dinner, costume contest, and more. You can support this event by becoming a sponsor, donating to our silent auction, or purchasing tickets! 
Impact Kentucky: Each year we partner with local colleges and universities to come together for this conference, created to empower and educate students and administrators to create change on campus.  
To learn more about our events, please call 859.253.2615 or visit

-Become a volunteer! #AnswerTheCall and help operate our 24-hour hotline. Please email or visit to learn more.

-Become a Leader at the BRCC! Do you have skills and resources to help us make a difference in the Bluegrass? Visit to learn more about BRCC leadership or to express you interest in joining us. 

Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
We envision a world free of all forms of violence and oppression. We see communities that offer safety and compassion for all. We believe that it’s possible for people to live in empowering relationships characterized by respect and equality.  
Our work is guided by a spirit of forward movement, openness, and shared power. BRCC services and education initiatives directly support survivors and create broader social change.
Sexual violence is everyone’s issue. We work collaboratively so that all might benefit from living in a world free of sexual violence and work to include people of all backgrounds and cultures in this movement.
The BRCC's mission is to empower all people to make changes that improve safety, respect, and equality in their own lives through crisis intervention, therapy, advocacy, and education.  
Background Statement
BRCC is the state designated rape crisis center for the Bluegrass Area Development District. We serve anyone impacted by sexual violence confidentially and free of charge.
In 1971 a group of Lexington women organized themselves into the Women's Center of Lexington, Kentucky and almost immediately established a task force to determine the scope of the problem of sexual violence in the area. 
Finding that victim needs were going largely unaddressed and no coordinated system of services existed, the task force initiated the city’s first rape crisis program. In September 1974, the program formed its own board of directors and incorporated separately from the Women's Center as a new private nonprofit organization. In March 1977, BRCC received its first outside funds. Since that time BRCC has continued to operate as an independent private nonprofit organization expanding and diversifying its programs in response to community need and available resources. Since 1997, BRCC has expanded from one office serving the 17 counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District to four offices. Additional offices have been added in Georgetown, Richmond, and Danville. 
The numbers of services provided by these offices has grown steadily since they were opened. BRCC's overall operating budget comes from state general funds, city/county government, federal grants, United Way, individual contributions, business contributions, and special events. Private donations and creative fundraising activities have helped to increase the program's annual resources and investment from community partners.
Impact Statement


- Relocated main office to larger, more updated space that will be more comfortable, accessible, and dignified for clients.

- Implemented therapy group for teen mothers

- Hired Regional Therapist to travel to outreach areas to provide therapy to clients in surrounding counties. 

- Doubled the size of active volunteer pool and increased the number of volunteer trainings from three to six.
- Provide culturally informed resources for staff and clients to increase accessibility of services. 
- Implement three year strategic plan for the organization.
- Certify our annual educational conference, Impact Kentucky, so that it may be used as a professional development opportunity. 
- Partner with a middle school in our outreach counties to implement Green Dot curriculum.  
- Create drop in support group for survivors of sexual assault.  
Needs Statement
1.  Our primary need will always be sustainable funding sources. We need every voice to join us to eradicate sexual violence in the Bluegrass.
2.  BRCC relies on a diverse volunteer base to provide resources through our 24/7 hotline to all 17 of the counties we serve. We are always in need of dedicated community members willing to advocate for and support survivors.
3.  BRCC seeks Executive Board members with an interest in this area and the desire to become a leader in this work, especially as it relates to fundraising and development of community partnerships.
CEO/Executive Director Statement I truly believe that small community based nonprofits like ours have a huge impact on the areas we serve. Community based services help residents acquire the support they need whether is it awareness, advocacy, or long term services. BRCC provides a safe and compassionate environment where a survivor can work towards their goals. I believe that it will take the whole community being invested in our work to eradicate sexual violence in the Bluegrass.  
Board Chair Statement I want my granddaughters to be comfortable navigating our community and I know that I am working towards the safety of all of us in the Bluegrass when I support the BRCC. BRCC uses the Green Dot curriculum to address boundaries and healthy relationships with young people in schools and I am proud that we are working not only to support survivors direct needs but also create awareness by educating the community.  
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Victims' Services
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Women's Rights
Geographic Areas Served
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Clark County
Estill County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Harrison County
Jessamine County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Mercer County
Nicholas County
Powell County
Scott County
Boyle County
BRCC serves a diverse area including both urban and rural counties in the 17-county Bluegrass ADD, including both Central Kentucky as well as an area of Appalachian counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

BRCC strives to eradicate sexual violence in the Bluegrass through the immediate support of survivors and continued outreach, education, and prevention within the communities we serve. We aim to do so with an intersectional approach to our work and as a leading voice for change as we build a safer, more equitable, Kentucky. We aim to bring a diverse range of voices to the table so that those with the highest risk of sexual violence are leading the conversation.

BRCC works to partner with local businesses, individuals, and other nonprofit agencies in an effort to create a holistic community approach to sexual violence. Our goal is that sexual violence becomes unacceptable, and that a survivor’s community will work together to provide her/him with both physical and emotional solutions. 

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
  • BRCC provides long term, no cost, confidential therapy to anyone impacted by sexual violence.
  • BRCC provides a 24/7 hotline that can be utilized by survivors as well as their friends and family. Volunteers are trained to provide immediate medical and legal advocacy to survivors.
  • BRCC has a robust education and prevention initiative in partnership with Green Dot. This allows us to empower high school students to create safer communities at their own schools. This builds a generation of young people who understand healthy boundaries and acting as an active bystander.  
  • BRCC's primary education conference, Impact Kentucky, brings college students from across the region together with administration from their own schools to discuss sexual violence on college campuses. 
  • BRCC offers trauma focused group therapy in the form of our Equine Group and Yoga Group.
  • BRCC therapists utilize a variety of modalities, and specialize in EMDR.
  • Survivors may also request BRCC medical or legal advocates for the processes following sexual violence. 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
BRCC's Board of Directors consists of dedicated and skilled community members who are invested in eradicating sexual violence in their communities.
Our Board of Directors provides leadership for governance and fiscal sustainability and consists of leadership from:
  • Berea College, Transylvania University, Georgetown College, and the UK College of Social Work 
  • The financial sector 
  • The Lieutenant Governor's Office 
  • The Fayette County Attorney's Office
  • The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney  
  • Private law practices
  • The Mental Health sector 
  • Non-profit management and development 
  • Social work and social justice sectors  
 The Executive Director of BRCC has a masters in counseling and a background in nonprofit leadership and development. The BRCC staff also consists of:
  • Five therapists 
  • Four Regional Coordinators and Crisis Counselors 
  • A Group Coordinator 
  • A Volunteer Coordinator 
  • A Director of Community Engagement 
  • A Prevention Coordinator 
  • A five person administrative team 
  • An active volunteer pool of 46 skilled community members and seven staff advocates 
BRCC community partnerships include:
  • Local college and high school administration and students 
  • Green Dot 
  • Step By Step Lexington 
  • Local and State government agencies
  • Local hospitals 
  • Local law enforcement  
BRCC has an operating budget of $1.3 million.   
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?
  1. The quality of individual and group therapy services are monitored by confidential satisfaction surveys issued to clients  
  2. The number of students and campuses we are actively partnered with indicates the reach of our prevention programs 
  3. Incidents of bullying and power based violence on Green Dot campuses are measured to indicate the effectiveness of the curriculum.
  4. The wait list for our long-term therapy program is indicative of the need in our community and our effectiveness in reaching community partners/individuals.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
Last year, BRCC provided the following services:
-Therapy services to 54 clients
-Counseling services to 86 clients
-Group services to 130 clients
-Prevention presentations to 89 people
BRCC has worked to holistically address sexual violence through a dual approach of serving survivors and addressing the community issue at large. While we have been effectively serving the community, we recognize that there are steps that can be taken to become a voice in underserved populations. To that end, we have recently hired a therapist to provide services in our rural counties, and started a new service line, the Community Engagement program, which was created in order to dedicate more time and attention to underserved populations.
Board Chair
Board Chair Yancy Ackerman
Company Affiliation none
Board Members
Yancy Ackerman CPAVoting
Chad Aull Community VolunteerVoting
Chris Boetler Jordan none
Lauren Brooke Board memberVoting
Ashley Cochrane Berea CollegeVoting
John Paul Coyle Transylvania UniversityVoting
Kristen Czarnecki Georgetown UniversityVoting
Theo Godlaski University of Kentucky College of Social WorkVoting
Barbara Hadley-Smith Board memberVoting
John Hayne Community VolunteerVoting
Jane Hughes Boarm Member
Janet Humphrey-Cole Community VolunteerVoting
Whitney LaChelle Stepp Board
Donna Mattox Mattox Real EstateVoting
Jessica Miller Board memberVoting
Will Nash Board memberVoting
Kim O'Donnell AttorneyVoting
Bethany Overfield University of KentuckyVoting
Courtney Straw Board
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 51%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Janet Humphrey
Company Affiliation Lawyer
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director M.E. Kobes
Term Start June 2016

Bluegrass Prevention Center - Corporate Director of Prevention Services/Certified Prevention Specialist, April 2007 - June 2016

Alston Wilkes Society - Therapeutic Foster Care Lead Clinical Staff - April 2006 - February 2007, Assistant Facility Director/Counselor - November 2004 - April 2006, Youth Home Columbia Lead Clinical Staff/ Assistant Facility Director - February 2001 - August 2002 
Richland/Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Boards - Head and Spinal Cord Injuries Services Coordinator - September 2002 - November 2004
Activities/ Certifications:
March of Dimes Volunteer - Fundraising Committee/ Chair of Silent Auction Committee
UK Extension (HEEL) Prescription Drug Conference Planning Committee
Certified Prevention Specialist
QPR - Suicide Trainer
Ethics Training
Prime for Life Certification

Full Time Staff 18
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 46
Contractors 7
Retention Rate 73%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 19
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mae Suramek - May 2016
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development & Marketing
Title Director of Clinical Services
Title Director of Advocacy
Title Director of Community Engagement
Title Director of Finance & Human Resources
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
CEO Comments

Organizational Goals

1. Stabilization, Diversification, and Sustainability of Financial Framework

· Consider long-term sustainability of current Lexington location

· More strategically steward relationships with current donors and funders

· Explore foundations as a new source of funding

· Create fee-based training modules for community Forecast and plan around increased retirement contributions

· Build in an annual written appeal to engage donors over 60

2. Increased Accessibility of Services and Programs

· Increase cultural competency of programs by diversifying staff, board, and volunteers

· Intentionally align and connect work of the three core mission areas

· Intentionally engage survivors in all aspects of BRCC work

3. Prioritization of Prevention and Education

· Research and add other relevant and effective prevention and awareness education strategies

· Add staff position/s

4. Strategic Community Partnerships

· Create partnerships with community mental health providers to expand therapy services in rural counties

· Expand partnerships with law enforcement in all counties

· Expand trainings for SANE nurses and hospital ER staff on protocols for responding to disclosures of sexual assaults in all counties

5. Enhanced Public Profile

· Organizational re-branding

6. Increased Staff Capacity, Skill, and Organizational Efficiency/Structure

· Succession planning

· Contingency planning

Crisis counseling is a short-term intervention available to survivors of sexual violence as well as their friends and families; all free of charge.  This service is available in all BRCC offices. 
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Short Term Success
   Five hundred individuals will receive services via the 24-hour crisis line, and 1000 information and referral services will also be provided via the 24-hour crisis line. 
   One hundred and fifty individuals will receive counseling services and of the individuals returning the counseling survey, 70% will report they have not increased their alcohol or drug use to cope with the assault.  Of these 150 individuals, another 70% will report they have not experienced an increase in feelings of wanting to hurt themselves.
Program Long term Success
Individuals receive free short-term crisis counseling as well as crisis intervention, information and referrals via the 24-hour crisis line.  Individuals will also gain the skills needed to cope with the aftermath of violence and manage the symptoms that may result from experiencing trauma.  Finally, clients will maintain or improve functioning over the course of treatment.
Program Success Monitored By
Each client is given a Counseling Services Survey after the 3rd session, every six months thereafter, and upon termination.  Also, each service is documented with a form which includes information about the client, services requested, and services provided.
Examples of Program Success
  • Of the clients who completed three crisis counseling sessions, 97% maintained or improved their ability to manage symptoms.
  • Of the clients who completed three crisis counseling sessions, 94% maintained or improved the strength of their support system.
  • Of those advocacy clients returning the survey, 83% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with the following statement:  "As a result of receiving services from the rape crisis center, I know my rights."
  • Of those advocacy clients returning the survey, 100% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with the following statement:  "As a result of receiving services from the rape crisis center, the advocate helped me understand what was going on."
Therapy is available to survivors of sexual violence including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  This is also free of charge.  There may be a waiting list for this service. 
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success
Fifty individuals will receive psychotherapy.  Of those who are reassessed during the 12-month period, 75% will maintain or improve on the Global Assessment of Functioning.
Program Long term Success
Clients will maintain or improve functioning over the course of treatment.
Program Success Monitored By
Upon intake and annually thereafter, therapists assess clients' Global Assessment of Functioning.  A final assessment is done at termination
Examples of Program Success
  • Of those psychotherapy clients returning the survey, 91% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with the following statement:  "As a result of receiving services at the rape crisis center, I can cope better with day-to-day stress."
  • Of those psychotherapy clients who were reassessed during the 12-month period, 100% maintained or improved on the Global Assessment of Functioning.
This program provides free educational programs to virtually any group of people focused on a variety of issues related to sexual violence.  We have provided age-appropriate programming to students Pre-K to Post Graduate, as well as communitymembers, professionals, and the military.  In 2009 BRCC began piloting a primary prevention program called Green Dot. 
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success Eight thousand individuals will participate in educational programs and 500 professionals will receive in-service training.
Program Long term Success Participants will have an increased knowledge of issues related to sexual violence and harassment.  Professionals will gain knowledge in the area of sexual violence and will be better able to serve clients who have been victims.
Program Success Monitored By Participants are given pre-tests and post-tests regarding myths and facts about sexual assault/abuse and harassment.
BRCC provides support and advocacy services for clients seeking medical treatment following a sexual assault as well as those pursuing legal action related to the assault.  Staff can help advocate through referrals, court and medical accompaniment, education regarding options and coordination of service provision.
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success
   One hundred and fifty individuals will receive medical advocacy/accompaniment.  Of those, at least 95% will receive a detailed explanation of the exam and 100% will be provided clothes after the exam if necessary. 
   One hundred individuals will receive legal advocacy.  Of those, at least 95% will have the legal process clearly explained and will receive information on their legal rights.
Program Long term Success
Individuals will have an increased knowledge of the medical and legal process and an increased ability to make informed medical and legal decisions.
Program Success Monitored By
A medical post-advocacy checklist will be completed by the BRCC advocate for all medical accompaniment services.  For legal advocacies, a Post-Advocacy Checklist will be completed by the BRCC advocate.
Examples of Program Success
Of those advocacy clients returning the survey, 100% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with teh following statement:  "As a result of receiving services from the rape crisis center, the advocate helped me understand what was going on."
BRCC's Community Engagement program is responsible for creating and maintaining community partnerships, and ensuring that BRCC is well known throughout the region. 
Staff in the Community Engagement program work to develop a better understanding of underserved populations, and to build partnerships within those communities. Our goal is to learn what barriers individuals in these populations face when seeking services, and find ways to eliminate those barriers.
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association

Department of Community Based Services

County Attorney Offices

Commonwealth Attorney Offices

Law Enforcement


Crime Victim’s Compensation Board

Health Departments

Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program

Comprehensive Care Centers

Attorney General’s Office

Nursing Home Ombudsman

SANE program

Chrysalis House Inc

Fayette Co. Schools

Sayre School

Florence Crittenton Home

Women’s Hope Center

University of Kentucky

Transylvania University


Cardinal Valley Center

Children’s Advocacy Center

Migrant Network Coalition

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

DV Prevention Board

Lexington Trafficking Taskforce

Asbury University/Asbury Theological Seminary

Jessamine Co. Cooperative Extension Office

Jessamine, Garrard, Mercer, Boyle and Lincoln Co. School System

Garrard Co. Interagency Meeting

Mercer Co. Interagency Meeting

Beacon Youth Service Center

Centre College

Lincoln Co. Early Childhood Program

Lincoln Co. United Human Services Council

Danville/Boyle Co. United Human Service Council

Kentucky School for the Deaf

Danville/Boyle Co. Detention Center

Bridges in Communities

Haggin Memorial Hospital

Boyle Co. Cooperative Extension Service

North Point Correctional Facility

Area DV Councils

Harrison, Nicholas, Scott and Bourbon Co. Schools

Georgetown College

Scott Co. GUS

Bourbon Co. GUS

Eastern Kentucky University

Madison Central High School

Berea College

Safe Alternatives

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Madison Co. Human Services Council

Clark and Powell Co. Schools

Powell Co. Health Clinic

Powell Co. Interagency Group

Clark Co. Family Resource and Youth Services Center

Clark Co. Domestic Violence Council

Targeted Assessment Program

Madison Co. Psychological Services

Kentucky State University

Franklin, Woodford and Anderson Co. Schools

Franklin Independent Schools

Franklin Co. Counsel on Family Abuse/Violence

Kentucky Nonprofit Network2012
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 $1,446,872.76
Projected Expenses $1,446,872.76
Endowment Value $19,437.00
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$1,110,585$1,094,979$1,051,499
Total Expenses$1,085,820$1,067,023$1,023,406
Revenue Less Expenses$24,765$27,956$28,093
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$958,215$969,871$891,273
Individual Contributions$98,577$106,152$65,553
Investment Income, Net of Losses$943$1,611$1,448
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$11,941$1,188$18,469
Revenue In-Kind$9,088--$4,245
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$949,938$931,609$898,201
Administration Expense$113,430$115,544$125,205
Fundraising Expense$22,452$19,870--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.031.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$575,155$580,073$509,614
Current Assets$393,822$397,439$329,474
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$54,863$84,546$42,043
Total Net Assets$520,292$495,527$467,571
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address P.O. Box 1603
Lexington, KY 405881603
Primary Phone 859 253-2615
CEO/Executive Director M.E. Kobes
Board Chair Yancy Ackerman
Board Chair Company Affiliation none