2349 Richmond Road, Suite 220
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Address 2349 Richmond Road, Suite 220
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 225-4325 204
Fax 859 225-0458
Contact Name Kara Moore
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Former Names
The Refuge Medical Clinic
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Contributions of your time, talent and resources are deeply appreciated!

Providing medical and dental services is costly and donations are needed for staffing, facilities, supplies and other expenses. All contributions are tax-deductible.

If you would like a donation by mail, checks made payable to The Refuge Clinic and sent to: Refuge Clinic, Attn: Kara Moore, 2359 Richmond Road Suite 220, Lexington, KY 40502.

You can also donate online via PayPal by going to our Donations page:

You can also support the Refuge Clinic in the following ways:

• Equipment / Supplies Donations (must be pre-approved)
• Volunteer

We currently have volunteer opportunities in Medical, Dental, Administrative, Prayer and Patient Advocate positions.

Medical Volunteers: Use your medical expertise (Doctors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Assistants, etc.) to serve the community by volunteering to provide quality health care in a primary care setting to our patients.

Dental Volunteers: Dentists, Hygienists and Dental Assistants all work together in our dental facility to provide cleanings, fillings and extractions to our patients.

Spiritual Care Volunteers: If you are relational and love to encourage others, we need you! Volunteers in this area will have the opportunity to build relationships with our patients through prayer, conversation and encouragement. This can take place through a conversation in the waiting room, driving a patient to an appointment, or offering prayer or encouragement to a patient who is hurting.

Administrative Volunteers: If you are gifted in administration and clerical skills, help us greet and register patients upon their arrival and contact patients to make appointments.

Patient Advocate Volunteers: Work with patients connecting them with necessary services for which they might qualify and making referrals to local community agencies.

To volunteer, please complete an application on our website:

Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Restoring health and value to the community through the unconditional love of Christ.
Background Statement In a response to love and to serve the community in a practical way, Southland Christian Church birthed a vision to fund medical and dental clinics to aid the uninsured in Jessamine and Fayette Counties. It was a response to the tremendous need for primary and dental care for the under-served within the community.

Refuge Ministries, Inc., a separate non-profit organization, was created to accomplish this task through the Refuge Clinic. The Refuge Clinic operates as an expression of Christ and seeks to connect the hurting to health. We recognize that every life has infinite value and worth and aims to make true health obtainable- physically, spiritually, and mentally- for those we serve.
Impact Statement
The mission of the Refuge Clinic is to restore health and value to the community through the unconditional love of Christ. We approach this through relational health care by loving and serving others where they are in the midst of their most basic needs. We offer primary medical and dental care to uninsured and underinsured patients who live at or under 200% of the Federal poverty guidelines and live in either Jessamine County, or the 1st, 5th, 6th, or 7th Council Districts of Fayette County. All of our services are provided by volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, and other professionals at no cost to our patients.
The Refuge Clinic currently operates two locations: a day clinic contained within the Southland Christian Church building on Richmond Road in Lexington, KY and an evening clinic at the Jessamine County Health Department in Nicholasville, KY.
Since opening, the Refuge Clinic has:
  • Gained over 3,400 patients between both locations and totaled over 11,000 medical and dental appointments.
  • Saved patients well over $3,500,000 in medical and dental costs.
  • Completed over 3,000 referrals for patients needing services such as medical specialist appointments, imaging services, or even surgeries.

Medical Services Offered:
  • Primary Care
  • Eye Care / glasses
  • Physical Therapy
  • Specialty Referrals
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Spiritual Care / Counseling
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Diabetic and Diet Training

Dental Services Offered:
  • Extraction
  • Surgical Extractions
  • Composite Fillings
  • Cleanings
  • Root Canals
  • Complete Dentures/Partials
Needs Statement
1) We need volunteers! This includes physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses, dental assistants, and administrative spiritual care volunteers.
2) Financial gifts are needed to meet the operational budget and provide opportunities to expand care services.
3) Equipment needs:
         - Two oral surgery drills with hand pieces.
         - Automatic blood pressure machine.
         - Two laptops for new staff members. 
         - Various dental instruments. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Refuge Clinic operates with a relational healthcare model. We foster a strong sense of community. Staff, volunteers, and patients are equally committed to love and serve one another. We are wholistic in approach and therefore create greater improvement in sustainable health for patients. Our clinic is not limited to traditional approach or systems in healthcare and authentic relationships allow accountability and empowerment that leads to better outcomes of health. Trust is established among the patients and the Refuge Clinic team and this allows patients to dig deeper in addressing physical and spiritual sicknesses. We are provided a unique opportunity to maintain a focus that it is not about insurance, but about care.

The model of healthcare as demonstrated throughout scriptures will always remain relevant no matter what circumstances, culture, or systems to which you apply it. The model works because it is Biblical. The Refuge Clinic replicates the example of Jesus to utilize health to love and care for others. Everyday people come to the clinic with physical suffering in search for hope and healing. They encounter a Savior who loves and values them and invites them to experience restoration. Relational healthcare is an investment to walk alongside of someone at their most vulnerable moment; to respond in recognition of their hurts and struggles with a commitment to walk it out together. It requires more but also produces more. 

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Tertiary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Jessamine County
Jessamine County, Kentucky or the 1st, 5th, 6th or 7th Council Districts of Fayette County, KY.
Impact Questions
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?

Refuge Clinic has chosen not to measure success by systems and programs, but by the individual life transformation and health we see occur in each of our patients.  We have encountered a great measure of success by meeting those in need right where they are.  We are an expression of Christ, and people are coming to us in recognition of their needs, and in turn, they are encountering Christ.

Since opening our doors over 7 years ago, we have taken on the care of over 3,500 patients who have found themselves on the margin, unable to receive medical, dental and optical care.

We engaged over 1,000 medical and dental volunteers last year alone to love and care for those within their own communities.  We provide a unique opportunity to move people from concern to action; to invest in those who are lost and hurting and in need of receiving help, hope, and healing.   

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Daniel Steckler MD
Company Affiliation Pediatric Dentistry
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2018
Board Members
Todd Bledsoe Bristol-Myers SquibbVoting
Kurt Braun Southland Christian ChurchVoting
Dr. Larry Frick MDGo InternationalVoting
Nathan Head Southland Christian ChurchVoting
Sheila Myers First Southern National BankVoting
John Sampson SPHRUniversity of Kentucky HealthcareVoting
Susannah Sizemore CommunityVoting
Rachel Smith RNSouthland Christian ChurchVoting
Dr. Daniel Steckler DMDPediatric DentistryVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 93%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 83%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Rachel Smith RN
Term Start Nov 2007
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 250
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 6
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
Description We provide primary medical care for patients including examinations, EKG, lab work, and procedures.  We also provide referrals to specialists in the community who agree to assist Refuge Clinic patients. Additionally, the Refuge Clinic offers:
  • Specialty Referrals
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Spiritual Care / Counseling
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Diabetic and Diet Training 
Category Health Care, General/Other
Population Served , ,
We provide primary dental care including the following:
  • Extractions
  • Surgical Extractions
  • Composite Fillings
  • Cleanings
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns/Bridges
  • Complete Dentures/Partials
Population Served , ,
We provide eye exams and glasses once a month during our eye clinic. If a patient needs glasses, the cost is $20.
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $522,000.00
Projected Expenses $522,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$522,055$452,748$377,588
Administration Expense--$0--
Fundraising Expense--$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.251.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$947,860$871,623$7,554,551
Current Assets$83,107$796,585$662,340
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities$18,080$8,413$16,168
Total Net Assets$929,780$863,210$739,283
Form 990s
2015 990 2015
2014 Form 990
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990 2010
2009 990EZ
2008 990EZ
2007 990EZ
Audit Documents
2015 Audited Financial Statement 2015
2010 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 2349 Richmond Road, Suite 220
Lexington, KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 225-4325 204
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rachel Smith RN
Board Chair Dr. Daniel Steckler MD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pediatric Dentistry