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.
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 case management.
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 time away from their children. This service allows parents who have no support system they can count on for child care to make it to appointments or simply to have a needed break, while knowing their child is in a safe, nurturing environment. Since 2012, we have maintained a 3 STARS quality rating from Kentucky KIDS NOW.
Our top 3 accomplishments for the past year are:
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 home because of abuse and they need clothing, counseling and child care. 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.
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: provide basic human services like food, clothing and toiletries, counseling services, childcare, and parenting education 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.
The Nest is focused on three key strategies for accomplishing our long term goals: Retention, Expansion, and Marketing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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.
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
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,”
About The Nest, Hamilton says, “We really appreciate their
hard work. We’re proud of what they do for people.”
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.
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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Copyright © 2014 Blue Grass Community Foundation
499 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507