The Nest Center for Women, Children & Families
530 North Limestone Street
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Nonprofit The Nest Center for Women, Children & Families
Address 530 North Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 259-1974 223
Fax 859 254-9465
Contact Name Jeffrey White
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The Nest - Best Friends at The Nest Childcare program
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1990
Former Names
Center for Women, Children & Families
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We accept donations through our website, by mail, phone, Facebook and email.  In addition, we have numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year and during our events.  We need volunteers to:  help with office tasks, garden upkeep, organizing resources and helping in our child care facility.  Whatever your talent and passion is, we have a spot for you to volunteer!       
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The Nest—Center for Women, Children & Families provides a safe place for education, counseling, and support to children and families in crisis.  We do this through our four programs: Respite Child Care, Parent Support & Education, Domestic Violence Counseling & Recovery and Crisis Care Management for basic human needs.  Our four programs work together to Give Children a Chance, Victims a Voice and Families a Future.    

Background Statement

The Nest - Center for Women, Children and Families was formed in 1977.  Previously known as the Lexington Child Abuse Council and the Women's Center of Central Kentucky, these two organizations joined forces to become The Nest. The organization streamlined the work of both entities into one that could provide high quality, comprehensive services to women and families in crisis, while working to prevent child abuse and neglect. The center has continually offered resources for families to develop the skills and habits needed for a healthier lifestyle.

Resources at The Nest have long included:  Respite Child Care, Domestic Violence Counseling Services and Support, Parenting Classes and Support, and Crisis Care Services.

Throughout its history, women have been the primary users of the organization's services.

The Nest Child Care Center has long provided day care services to families as well as "drop-in" child care to accommodate parents who are under stress and need a break.  This service allows parents who do not have a support system to attend important appointments, complete college courses, or simply have a break, while knowing their child is in a safe, nurturing environment.  Our Child Care Center has achieved a 5 STARS quality rating from Kentucky KIDS NOW program.  This is the highest rating possible.

Impact Statement

Our top 3 accomplishments for the past year are:

1. Continued to expanded our Domestic Violence program that includes two Court Advocates and an Attorney.  We have an advocate in Fayette County at all times and one that travels to all other counties.  Our Attorney works in the counties where and when he is needed.  All three are in court whenever it is in session.  We now have another contracted attorney who assists with divorce and child custody cases related to domestic violence.  
2. We have completed the fundraising we need through financial sponsorships, grants and donations to completely renovate our playground!  It should be completed by November 2018.  
3. We have created a strong Economic Empowerment Class that assists our clients to become financially stable and to learn skills such as budgeting, credit and savings.        
Our top three goals for the current year are:
1.  The Nest is working on spreading awareness about our Breaking the Silence program, which helps prevent teen suicide, particularly, in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community.  When it comes to the LGB community, suicide is 4 times as likely as their heterosexual counterparts.  The Nest is consistently working to extend safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth. We are in the process of developing more programs to help them express themselves in a safe supportive environment.  We have also hired a part-time counselor to assist with this program to make it stronger. 
2. Increase our awareness of our A Window Between Worlds Art Therapy Program.  This new program works to empower individuals and communities impacted by violence through art.  This program is for children and adults and is free to the community.  Each meeting the clients create an art project to help them process their feelings during their journey through healing from domestic violence.
3. Look for grants and sponsorships for our Crisis Care Department.  The need in our community continues to grow and we are constantly needing extra supplies.  We are looking into different tactics such as having a church or local organization sponsor Crisis Care for a month and replenish it each week.    
We're proud of the accomplishments we've achieved and continue to work on strengthening our partnerships, board, staff and community support.
Needs Statement
Our five most pressing needs begins with strengthening our organization financially, so we can serve the community for 40 more years.  All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients.   
Our Crisis Care Program has a continual need for supplies such as:  toiletries, diapers, children's clothing and products, cleaning supplies and other donated items that are used for basic human needs.      
Our Respite Child Care Center is in need of sponsorships or "Guardians" for the children who attend our child care center. Our program is curriculum based and prepares the children for Kindergarten.  We have an average of 15 children a day or 3,900 a year and do not charge for our services.  We were just named a FIVE Star program through the state.  
Our building is in need of the following upgrades:  furniture, storage, and playground equipment.  The costs would be:
Furniture for our waiting room and counseling rooms - $8,000
Storage for our Crisis Care Program - $4,000
Playground for our child care center - $8,000 
We always need volunteers to help us meet the vast needs in our community.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement

During the past year, we’ve heard stories weekly from people in need.  A new mother needs a car seat, so she can take her baby home from the hospital.  A woman and her children have left their home because of an abusive situation and they need clothing, counseling and child care immediately. A grandmother who suddenly has custody of a three-year-old wants parenting advice.  A man needs glasses, so he can pass his employment test.

The Nest—Center for Women, Children & Families is a safe and healing place for all.  We work to provide safety and healing through our four programs:  Child Care, Crisis Care, Self-Help Parenting and Domestic Violence Counseling.

These four programs work together to help us provide a place where people can come for holistic assistance. Our goal is first to meet the immediate need, but also to help the family or individual onto a path of long-term self-sustainability and independence.    

With your help and dedication, we will become one of the leading resources for building a strong, self-sufficient community. I hope you will join us in making Lexington a safe and healing place that everyone deserves.

Board Chair Statement

I am happy to be engaged with The Nest because I have seen the results of the fantastic work the employees at the Center have done to provide aid to people in Lexington, who in many cases have no other alternatives. The services they offer range from providing basic human services like food, clothing and toiletries, counseling services, childcare, and parenting education.  These services help people better cope with life and all that comes with it.  Our challenges are making sure we are providing excellent service to the large numbers of clients who seek our services. There are challenges to provide the money needed to do that.  With new management and staff in place, we are making great connections to cultivate friends for The Nest that will result in financial support for us. My passion is to make sure all of the programs succeed and thrive, and continue to have successes in people's lives that will ultimately result in stability for them.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Although located in Lexington in the 40508 zip code, we serve people from Fayette and surrounding counties in central Kentucky.  Anyone can use our services for free.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
The Nest's is aiming to become one of the leading resources for building a strong, self-sufficient community in Lexington and the surrounding counties.  We will work to accomplish this with our four signature programs:  Respite Childcare, Crisis Care Management, Domestic Violence Counseling and Support, and Nurturing Parent Education and Support. 
The Nest Respite Childcare Program recognizes the need to support struggling families by offering FREE early childhood education in a 3-STAR quality environment.  Our expected outcome is to provide child care to 130 - 160 children annually with 90-95% being free of charge.
The Nest Crisis Care Management Program helps families address the obstacles they face by providing basic human need items, information and referrals to build the confidence and skills they need to begin on a path toward family stability.  Our expected outcome is to provide basic human needs supplies for up to 300 individuals/families monthly that fall below the federal poverty income guidelines.
The Nest Domestic Violence Counseling and Support is designed to
provide assessments, counseling, education and advocacy for victims of domestic violence.  Our expected outcome is to provide individual/group counseling for 250+ adults and children who have witnessed or experienced some form of abuse.
The Nest Nurturing Parent Education and Support Program is designed to assist parents who are exhibiting or wish to prevent abusive tendencies, as well as, educate them on effective parenting.  Our expected outcome is to provide 20 parent education groups lasting 6-10 weeks each.
Our long term goal is to use our unique wrap around services to promote healing, stability, and well being of struggling families within the community.  
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

The Nest is focused on three key strategies for accomplishing our long term goals:  Retention, Expansion, and Marketing. 

Our first strategy is to strengthen and Retain the four program areas we presently offer. We continue to see a great need for all four programs and constantly evaluate how our services can be improved.

Our second strategy is to Expand the work we do. An example of our expansion is our new support group for siblings who are affected by violence in the community. This group partners with SWAG(Single Women Against Gun violence)  and meets once a week. We also are very excited that we have added two Domestic Violence Court Advocates and an Attorney who are available to assist victims of abuse. They inform, support and offer legal advocacy and representation during the emergency protective order process.

Our third strategy, is to use creative marketing techniques to spread the news about what we do.  Implementing our Story Time Heroes initiative in Child Care has brought high-profile visitors, such as Mayor Jim Gray, to The Nest. This opportunity to read to our children continues to build interest in reading among them as it spreads support for our work. As we work to strengthen our finances, we are continuing to expand our base of support through increased communication with the public through various channels. We also have new partnerships with local businesses around the community.

We're proud of the accomplishments we've achieved so far and will continue to strengthen our partnerships, board, staff and community support.




CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

We depend on staff, volunteers, board members, and donors to carry out our mission.  We currently have 18 employees, 20 board members, 8 interns, and large pool of volunteers that help us on a regular basis.

The Nest believes strongly in partnering with other non-profits to eliminate duplicating services in an effort to serve the entire needs of the community.    

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?

Statistical records are kept for all services The Nest provides.  The records are reviewed quarterly to ensure that our goals are being met.

Annually, Board Members review statistics and accomplishments and work together with staff to set goals for the upcoming year.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? For more than 40 years, The Nest has been meeting the needs of struggling families in and around the Lexington community.   Expansion of our programs has increased the number of families served helping them eliminate barriers and move toward self sufficiency. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brandon Adams
Company Affiliation Humana
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Board Members
Mr. Brandon AdamsHumanaVoting
Ms. Barbara BowersPiper & Bowers, PSCVoting
Mrs Patty BreezePatty Breeze & AssociatesVoting
Mr. Chuck CreacyPublisher, Smiley Pete PublishingVoting
Mr. Cliff FelthamKentucky UtilitiesVoting
Ms. Ashley GrigsbyBluegrass AirportVoting
Mr. Tom JesseeLG&E and KU Energy, LLCVoting
Mrs. Paula JohnsonLexisNexis VitalCheck Network Inc.Voting
Ms. Paula JohnsonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Brittany LawsonThrivent FinancialVoting
Ms. Heidi MatheysValvolineVoting
Mr. Stinson MillerPNC BankVoting
Ms. Samantha PerkinsPizza Wholesale of Lexington, Inc.Voting
Mr. Matt RansdellCreation Gardens, Inc.Voting
Mr Marc RayCPAVoting
Ms. Cookie RogersCookie Rogers MarketingVoting
Ms. Stacy Schanher BergeChase Bank, Vice President, Business Relationship ManagerVoting
Ms. Fenella SmithToyotaVoting
Mr. Andrew SparksDickinson Wright, PLLCVoting
Ms. Emilie StartsmanStites & HarbisonVoting
Ms. Sue TuckerColonial LifeVoting
Ms. Nicole WareTraditional BankVoting
Mr. Jeffrey WhiteThe Nest--Center for Women, Children & FamiliesNonVoting
Ms. Elizabeth YorkE.E. Murry Family FoundationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 16
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ashley Grigsby
Company Affiliation DelCotto Law Group, PLLC
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey A White PHR
Term Start Jan 2010
Jeffrey brings with him more than 35 years of financial, human resource, and management experience.
Full Time Staff 13
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 200
Contractors 4
Retention Rate 95%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Ms. Ginny BlacksonOct 2009 - Aug
Ms. Eileen O'MalleyMar 2003 - Jan
Senior Staff
Title Director of Finance & C.F.O.
Owner, Bluegrass Professional Bookeeping, 2010 to present
Office Manager, Cabinets and Designs, 2007 to 2009
Title Director, Child Care Services
Title Director of Clinical Services
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 Our Child Care Program serves the needs of a variety of families by providing child care and early childhood education from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to serving parents who need child care so they can go to work, appointments, etc., it offers free respite child care. Respite child care supports families in emergencies who do not otherwise have a safe support system for their children. It aims to lessen stress on families and, thus, reduce the incidence of child abuse.


Families who need a safe, affordable place to leave their children will find a nurturing, loving environment that encourages the emotional, mental and physical development of the child. Child care staff members can also refer parents to other services at The Nest that might help them reach their goals.

Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success Short-term successes come when we see children learning and thriving. There's also the parent who now and then acknowledges something they've learned from our staff. Those are the kinds of short-term successes that built into something more.
Program Long term Success Our Child Care Center provides loving, safe care with developmentally appropriate activities that help children prepare for their eventual entry into school. In addition, by making this care available parents have time to attend to their own needs (job interviews, health appointments, classes, etc.) that ultimately will create a better environment for the entire family.
Program Success Monitored By We constantly evaluate the program we are offering to children and their families. Our regularly attending children have learning plans that follow their educational advancement.On those plans, we record their progress. We also discuss that progress with their parents, asking for them to play a role in the education at home.
Examples of Program Success Alexandra Hamilton wanted something better for her three children. The family had left Calif. after a break-up that left her a single parent. Following a trail of relatives who offered to help eventually led  to Kentucky. But Hamilton didn’t have a GED and creating a stable home for her family proved difficult. They ended up staying at the Salvation Army.

Hamilton began taking three-year-old Pantera to The Nest Child Care Program. That enabled Hamilton to work on her GED. After completing that, she enrolled in Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

In the meantime, Pantera slowly adjusted to her days at The Nest. “She really seemed to blossom there,” Hamilton says. Her behavior improved. She began speaking clearly. She started listening more. The stability and routine helped her recover a sense of security.

“It just seemed like it was her favorite place to go after awhile. . . It was really refreshing to see that in her,” Hamilton says.

As Pantera and her siblings grew, they sometimes needed clothes. The child care teachers found them in The Nest resource room. At Christmas time when Alexandra wanted to create a special time for her family, she participated in The Nest’s Reindeer Express program, which provides toys for the holiday. They also participated in The Nest Family Night. 

Today, Pantera is five.“They’ve done a tremendous job getting her ready for kindergarten,” Hamilton says about the child care teachers.

Hamilton is still studying at BCTC with hopes of getting into respiratory therapy. She and her children have their own place that they can call home. All three of the children are involved in positive community activities.

Hamilton says she would like to encourage people who are going through a hard time. “If you put in every effort, it will get better,” she says.

About The Nest, Hamilton says, “We really appreciate their hard work. We’re proud of what they do for people.”

Description The Nest provides emergency assistance for families facing a temporary crisis. Our staff can connect families with the resources they need, like legal aid, food, financial assistance and housing. We help families address the obstacles they face so they can build the confidence and skills they need to begin on a path toward family stability. The staff also provides direct services, such as baby formula, children’s clothing, diapers and toiletries.
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Social Services
Population Served Families, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success If someone is in need of baby clothes, food, a car seat, toiletries, etc. and we can provide it, we have achieved short-term success by helping them get through a crisis situation. 
Program Long term Success Our goal is to help people through emergencies so they can arrive at a place where they are ready to tackle the skills and habits they need to develop in order to become self sufficient, productive members of our community.
Examples of Program Success

Jerome and Maggie had saved money to cover their living expenses when they moved to Lexington, but an unexpected car repair took all of that. They needed jobs immediately and couldn’t find them. As they reached a state of crisis, they sought help at The Nest. The crisis manager recognized their depression and feeling of defeat and gave them a pep talk plus information about a job fair. When Maggie returned to The Nest, it was to report she had found employment at the job fair.  

One man who we recently helped to receive a pair of eyeglasses returned to tell us he can now see again. Successes like that can lead a person to achieving so much more.
Description Our Domestic Violence Counseling Program is designed to provide support to families who are dealing with issues of domestic violence—currently or in the past. We counsel men, women and children and offer a variety of group therapy sessions as well as individual counseling.  The Domestic Violence Counseling and Parent Education & Support Program work closely together to ensure families are accessing all the services needed.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Crisis Intervention Programs
Population Served Families, Victims, Females
Program Short Term Success We see short-term success in our support group where women blossom in a caring environment, sharing the new attitude and approach they are taking to life.
Program Long term Success We aim to help people break free from a cycle of violence. Sometimes this takes years. With consistent guidance in dealing with the violence that has been a part of their lives, these victims can learn new skills to move forward and to create healthier lives for their entire family.
Description The Nest offers classes and support for parents who want to learn about encouraging and protecting their children. The Parenting Program provides families with skills and support to prevent and recover from family violence, abuse and neglect, as well as to promote positive family communication, increase family self-care and build family strengths. It provides short term, crisis oriented, solution-focused individual counseling to address relationship issues, conflict resolution/problem solving, divorce, separation, co-parenting, strengthening families already in recovery from substance abuse and developing life skills.


Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success Changes in seemingly small behaviors, like how a parent speaks to a child or disciplines a child, can indicate short-term success for this program. It's all of those small actions that build upon one another to create a nurturing environment in the home.
Program Long term Success Our parenting classes aim to help parents learn the skills they need to raise happy and healthy children. Incorporating what they learn into their daily lives eventually results in a stronger family that benefits each member.
Program Success Monitored By The educational system we use for our classes includes an entry assessment and an exit assessment that measure attitudes about parenting and how they have changed.
Examples of Program Success

Cal and Georgia arrived at parenting class as a bickering couple with very few positive communication skills. While working through the class and going beyond its requirements by doing extra reading and homework, the couple began to recognize their individual problems and communicate better with one another.  At the end of the class, the Self-Help Parenting manager said they looked like a totally different couple than the Cal and Georgia she first met.

Program Comments
CEO Comments
We are constantly challenged with financial sustainability for all of our programs.  Over the last few years, the number of individuals and families who partake in our programs have grown exponentially.  We need continued financial donations to keep up with the demands in our community.  The Nest is helping these families and individuals, but we need help to continue our services.
We are addressing this issue by reaching out to the community businesses for partnerships.  The Nest has also researched other grant and foundation opportunities.  We have also partnered with several schools and colleges in hopes of fostering a passion for nonprofits with a younger audience.   
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $1,365,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,365,000.00
Endowment Value $32,000.00
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$1,080,531$871,241$795,078
Total Expenses$1,002,798$874,640$830,816
Revenue Less Expenses$77,733($3,399)($35,738)
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$635,638$545,558$542,364
Investment Income, Net of Losses$499$283$200
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$100,515$74,718$43,425
Revenue In-Kind----$30,000
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$860,956$774,853$737,774
Administration Expense$74,332$70,377$60,892
Fundraising Expense$67,510$29,410$32,150
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.000.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%89%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$442,011$371,283$348,299
Current Assets$299,751$224,139$188,600
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities$45,638$53,269$35,531
Total Net Assets$396,373$318,014$312,768
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
Our main challenge is finding enough resources to cover the amount of clients that walk through our door needing assistance.  The number of clients that come to The Nest for assistance is increasing every year.  We continue to need more space to meet with clients.  With the economy being down, giving to charities can sometimes be the first thing people cut out of their budgets.  We try to come up with new and creative ways of encourage people to give, like our Angel Project.  We always look for opportunities to reach out to local businesses to assist us with fundraising.  We feel if more people in the community and neighboring counties understand what we do at The Nest, they are more likely to give their time and resources. 
Address 530 North Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 259-1974 223
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey A White PHR
Board Chair Mr. Brandon Adams
Board Chair Company Affiliation Humana