190 Spruce Street
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Address 190 Spruce Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 259-3434 402
Fax 859 523-0080
Contact Name Valerie Henderson
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Lighthouse welcomes volunteers to help serve lunch and at our evening meals.  If you would like to come in with a large group.  Please call us and schedule a time. In-kind donations are always needed because the Lighthouse is solely funded by support from businesses, churches and individuals. We have a more specific list of needs on our website. Some other opportunities for involvement include helping serve dinner for our Christmas and Thanksgiving services, organizing your own clothing and food drive for The Lighthouse. Monetary donations are accepted either by mailing  a check to :PO Box 54494, Lexington, Ky  40555 or donate on the website @  We appreciate your support. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The Lighthouse Ministries is a non-profit, faith-based organization aimed at serving the poor, addicted, formerly incarcerated, or otherwise under-served community in Lexington, Kentucky. Dining with Dignity, through a partnership with the City of Lexington and the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, offers a safe, clean, indoor environment for the hungry of Lexington to eat a hot meal for lunch and dinner.  Approximately 60,000 meals are served annually.  Michael's Feet Ministry, yet another branch of the Lighthouse Ministries, provides new shoes and clean socks, as well as other hygienic items, for any guests in need.

Background Statement

Daniel Estes Henderson (1950 - 2004) was the man with the vision for The Lighthouse, The Nehemiah House and all other facets of the ministry that now encompass The Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.

He had been a heroin addict, armed robber, convicted felon and prison escapee. So when he talked to Lexington's addicts and homeless, they listened. We lost Dan in 2004 but his legacy and spirit will remain with us forever. After his passing, Dan’s wife, Tay, felt called to take over the ministry. God has placed in her heart a burden for those that nobody else wants and to give people a second chance at life.
In the early 90′s, Dan and Tay started going to The Salvation Army with our ministry program. At the time, they were showing movies that would entertain and send a message. Before long, they moved from working through the Salvation Army to opening their own service ministry in downtown Lexington, KY.  They began ministering to the homeless, poor, addicted and anyone that God sent their way who had a need they could fill.

1999 was a milestone year when they bought a building to house The Lighthouse Ministries. A renovation project got underway, which took many turns along the way and took a lot longer that they ever imagined. Just when they were making plans to open The Nehemiah House, a residence for men in the life transition training program, Dan got sick.

Dan had advanced liver disease. There’s so much to tell about Dan and you can read about him in a “Herald Leader Article.” His wonderful and amazing life ended on January 4, 2004 when he died on the operating table while going through liver transplant surgery.

Dan was gone and the ministry him and Tay had worked so hard to establish was so close to being ready. How could this be? But God kept after Tay's heart and she decided to keep it going. Dan would be proud to see the vision God gave him carried out.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments over the past year:
- Served over 40,000 meals
- Partnered with the Fayette Urban County Government to feed evening meals to the homeless/low income people in our community.  Our Program is called "Dining with Dignity"
- Our ministry called "Michael's Feet" helped put shoes on 500 people in the community.
- Served over 450 people for Christmas dinner and provided 317 people with Christmas presents, 207 of which were children.
- We moved into our new facility at 190 Spruce St where we are able to feed 191 people at one time.   

Needs Statement
The Lighthouse is looking to partner with individuals (no younger than 11 years old), churches, small groups, civic groups and business to help serve at our lunch and dinner meals. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Lighthouse has went from a building that was still being renovated to a full-time ministry reaching people 24 hours a day.  We are a fast growing ministry that has impacted the lives of thousands of people. Not only have we impacted all of Lexington, but the men we bring into the recovery program are from different parts of the United States. It is exciting to see our ministry grow and now that we have moved into our new facility we have many opportunities to make a difference in our community.
Board Chair Statement
Oh my what a blessing we volunteers enjoy!  Seeing lives changed; relationships found with God; and even witnessing our clients (new friends) reach out to others > making ripples is awesome.  
Successes are many, many - you have got to come and see!
Our challenges - 1) operating budget needs to triple to enable more full time staff to teach, minister, and love on those that don't deserved to be loved (God thinks differently).  2) Broaden our Community awareness - such great ministry going on and need to share w many others, providing the opportunity to join in.  
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Housing Rehabilitation
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Madison County
Jessamine County
Bath County
Franklin County
Marion County
McCracken County
Muhlenberg County
Nelson County
Lexington, Kentucky is our primary location where we feed daily, but our reach is much greater than just the inner city we reside in. Our 12 month men's recovery program reaches across the country as men come for a second chance at one of the few essentially free faith based recovery programs!
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
It takes about 15 years to make an impact in a community.  We are in our 12th year and having just moved into our new facility we have the opportunity to reach more people.  My goal is to start working with women that are at risk.  
Another area I want to impact is families, since this is a low income area it is my desire to supplement their income by providing a meal for their families. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? We started with a support group for women just to see what the needs are.  I don't want to create programs that aren't needed.  I want the women to be abloe to trust us and to know that we want to help them get out of the cycle of homelessness, sexual addiction, and poverty.    Once the plan is in place we will moved forward to finding the funding through grants that will support the programs.  
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? The biggest setback for us was space.  But now we have space.  We have partner with several other non-profit organizations and can pull resources from them..  We do not need to re-create the wheel but we are well aware that there is a tremendous need for helping women in our area.
Board Chair
Board Chair Marty Lautner
Company Affiliation Unified Trust
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Board Members
Dave Curtis Immanuel Baptist ChurchVoting
John Garen University of KentuckyVoting
Valerie Henderson Executive DirectorVoting
Lenroy Jones Consolidated Baptist ChurchVoting
Marty Lautner Unified TrustVoting
Mary Ann McMurry Office Manager State Farm InsuranceVoting
Adrian Wallace Broadway Christian ChurchVoting
Stephanie Lynn Werne Werne SalonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Lenroy JONES
Company Affiliation Consolidated Baptist
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Valerie Ann Henderson
Term Start Jan 2004
The Executive Director was a Teen Challenge graduate and worked under the Director.  She has been involved in outreach dealing with drug addicts and alcoholics.  
She is enrolled in college studying Nonprofit Management and will be finished this year..  She is involved with a prison ministry team that holds retreats in the prisons in Lexington.
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 150
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 90%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Dave Harris Mar 2009 - Mar
Steve Polston Jan 2007 - Jan 2010
Senior Staff
Title Men's Director
7 years of hands on experience and has a great understanding of life controlling problems.  He has earned their trust by the knowledge he has in helping them overcome their addictions  
CEO Comments
The biggest challenge is not having adequate space to feed everyone in need at lunch. We feed an average of over 100 people. And, we do not have enough room to feed everyone and house our growing recovery program for men in the same building. We have purchased a facility to move the feeding program and begin to reach out into the community with support groups, GED classes, hair cuts and other resources to meet the needs we encounter every day. Renovation has begun on the building and we are in the final stages of raising the funding needed to complete the building. We need $75,000 to begin the HVAC installation and complete the project and finally move in!
Dining with Dignity provides services to low and moderate income families and persons by providing a free hot meal 7 days a week.  Additionally, basic needs such as: toiletries, food and clothing are provided.  
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Program Long term Success Long term success would be 50% of women off the streets and into housing, drug and alcohol free. 
Description The Nehemiah House provides housing and support for men who are disadvantaged, whether due to recent imprisonment, drug-related issues or poverty.  We also provide educational and psychological support for those who are in need of drug, alcohol and vocational rehabilitation
Budget 1200
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments In the new building we are able accommodate the growing number of people we serve everyday.  We will begin other services to the community such as women's outreach, family crisis support groups, hair care services, nutrition and exercise.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
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, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $340,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 100%
Detailed Financials
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$295,856$325,894$255,173
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$3
Membership Dues------
Special Events$24,617$331$6,753
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$306,431$279,693$299,097
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.170.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,085,465$1,066,172$882,988
Current Assets$47,418$39,367$33,272
Long-Term Liabilities$213,230$224,104$80,610
Current Liabilities$1,540$1,905$3,353
Total Net Assets$870,695$840,183$792,764
Form 990s
2016 990 2016
2015 990
2014 990 2014
2013 Form 990
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Audit Documents
2010 Audit 2009-2010
2010 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments

Address 190 Spruce Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 259-3434 402
CEO/Executive Director Valerie Ann Henderson
Board Chair Marty Lautner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Unified Trust