1115 Ashgrove Rd
Nicholasville KY 40356
Contact Information
Address 1115 Ashgrove Rd
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Phone (859) 523-3001
Contact Name Melinda Ryles-Smith
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1958
Former Names
The Methodist Home of Kentucky, Inc.
The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Other ways to support: 1) mail a check to our 1115 Ashgrove Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356, attn: Development; 2) Give using a debit or credit card through our website:; 3) Check our website for specific material items needed and give in-kind donations.  4) Contact us about volunteer opportunities by contacting us at 859-523-3001.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Kentucky's young people are increasingly being victimized by abuse, neglect and family trauma. The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth responds to Christ's call to go into the world by providing quality social services for children and families. We have established a variety of services for children, adolescents and parents to bring healing and hope to often desperate situations. We believe every child is an individual of worth and is deserving of God's gift of wholeness of life. The scope of our services continues to grow and improve as new needs arise.
Background Statement


The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth has provided service for vulnerable Kentucky children and youth for over 145 years. After the Civil War, a large number of widows and orphans were left homeless and destitute. In 1871, to answer this need, the Methodist Episcopal Church South in Louisville established the Widows and Orphans Home. As time passed and widows were more financially self-sufficient, we transitioned solely to an orphanage. In 1931, as a response to our overcrowded conditions in our Louisville orphanage, the Home moved to a 120 acre farm in Versailles allowing us to grow our own food and teach farming skills to the children.
In the late 70’s, more foster homes became available for orphaned children and the need for orphanages diminished. Also at this time, an unmet need became apparent – the need to help abused, neglected and abandoned children who required shelter and psychological care. In answer, we created the first treatment program for children in Kentucky. Other children’s homes in the state later followed our example.
In 1984, we expanded acquiring the Owensboro Mary Kendall Campus and shortly thereafter we became known as The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth (KyUMH). In the 1990’s, the expansion into community based services enabled us to impact Kentucky families emotionally, behaviorally and educationally, both in and out of their homes.
Currently, we serve over 150 children and youth daily. We operate seven programs from community to residential care spanning a wide range of needs –from offering intense, therapeutic intervention in a 24/7 residential setting to equipping teens aging out of foster care with the skills they need to support themselves and someday, their own families. Our future plan is to expand and serve hundreds more through our community based and residential programs.


Impact Statement
Our Top Accomplishments for 2017
1. Served over 600+ children and families throughout the year.
2. We continued to grow our new substance abuse recovery program for youth called Next Step. In its first year received 269 referrals, welcomed 142 youth and served 80 families successfully.
3. We moved into our new campus in Nicholasville, KY that encompasses upgraded facilities and expanded services.
In 2018, our top goals include:
 1. Continued development of our Nicholasville campus to provide enhanced service to children on campus and in communities in KY.  
 2. Expanding our Next Step program into Fayette County and other communities throughout KY.  
 3. Significantly increasing the number of volunteers through developing more volunteer opportunities and implementing a system for volunteer engagement.  
Needs Statement
Our programs and services and most of all, our children, benefit greatly from volunteers, financial gifts, and in-kind gifts.  Financial gifts are very beneficial as they empower us to provide day-in and day-out care for our children. Also, gift cards that we can use for birthday and Christmas gifts are a wonderful way to give an in-kind gift.
In addition, there are dozens of ways people can serve and use their skills in our mission. These volunteer opportunities include mentoring, helping out in our offices on-site, and working from home. We strive to find the best fit for our volunteers and give you a chance to "test drive" a volunteer job before you commit to it.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Mental Health Treatment
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Housing Support
Geographic Areas Served
Although we serve all areas of the state in our Community Services, our residential facilities are located in Fayette, Jessamine, and Daviess Counties.
Impact Questions
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Our mission is to facilitate healing for children and families who have experienced trauma which has resulted in emotional and behavioral difficulties.  We want to lead these young people and their families back to a wholeness of life.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jeff Walker
Company Affiliation Gess Mattingly & Atchison
Term July 2018 to June
Board Members
Rev. Dr. Iosmar AlvarezKentucky Conference of the United Methodist ChurchVoting
Rev. Jackson BrewerRetired United Methodist ClergyVoting
Rev. Dale CardenRetiredVoting
Mr. Ransom CooperRetiredVoting
Bishop Leonard FairleyKentucky Conference of the United Methodist ChurchVoting
Rev. Mark GibbonsDistrict Superintendent for United Methodist ChurchesVoting
Rev. Dan HuckKentucky Conference of the United Methodist ChurchVoting
Mrs. Betty Jane MontgomeryRetiredVoting
Rev. Dr. William MooreRetired United Methodist ClergyVoting
Judge Lewis NichollsRetired JudgeVoting
Mr. Sam SmallRetired SalesVoting
Rev. Judy StallonsUnited Methodist ClergyVoting
Mr. Jeff WalkerAttorney/CPAVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
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 4
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Rev. Julie Hager Love
Term Start July 2019
Full Time Staff 81
Part Time Staff 36
Volunteers 20
Contractors 7
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 23
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 71
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 37
Female 59
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Vice President for Programs and Services for Mary Kendall Campus
25 years
Title Vice President for Advancement
24 years
Title Vice President for Finance and Human Resources
22 years
Title Vice President for Programs and Services for the Versailles Campus
12 years
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
The residential program is designed to help young people ages 12-17, who have histories of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and/or family trauma that have resulted in emotional and behavioral problems. Many of the youth we care for have had multiple placements prior to coming to our program. Our goal is to address the individual needs of the young person and thereby stabilize them to help build a better future. Children who have difficulties with relationships and who have experienced many traumatic events benefit from a residential environment based on nurturing, secure, respectful and consistent relationships, in combination with limit setting.
Within the residential program we also offer a shorter term therapeutic intervention through our Emergency Shelter Program.
Program Long term Success Provided 5,365 days of emergency shelter to boys and girls placed out of their homes.
Description This program provides opportunities for education, job skills, and self-sufficiency for young adults ages 17-21 who are committed or on extended commitment with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Each young adult receives help with all financial necessities, such as rent, clothing, furniture, and food. All Independent Living residents receive case management services, and group and individual counseling as needed. Staff assist residents with any issues that arise providing a network of support and resources, enabling our young people to grow into independence. In addition, participants attend school and have jobs to achieve program goals.  We have Independent Living Programs in both the Lexington and Owensboro areas.
Our community based counseling services are offered by licensed clinical staff providing a full range of mental health care including substance use disorder treatment-all based on proven counseling approaches. Our Central Kentucky location is called Mending Point.  Our Owensboro program is called Evolve Counseling. We serve all ages in these programs.
Description Through referrals from the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Kentucky United Methodist Home provides home detention monitoring in 70 counties throughout KY to court ordered youth. The home monitoring services can include standard tracking as well as tracking with electronic devices. These children will have specific places where they are to be and at specific times. The children are often not allowed to leave the home, unless it is to attend school or work. The children are monitored by the case manager to ensure they are following the mandates given them. The case manager also works with the youth and/or their family to assist with job placement, school attendance, and many other skill development activities to help insure that the conditions which contributed to the home monitoring are resolved whenever possible.
Description Our Owensboro Mary Kendall Adoption Program is a licensed, private, non-profit organization that aids Kentucky families with both domestic and international adoption. Mary Kendall Adoption provides personal counseling and guidance to birthparents as they plan for the welfare of their child. We help adopting parents prepare for the experience of parenting a child. The program offers comprehensive home studies as well as post-placement services once a child is with the family. All eligible families are assisted by professional caseworkers. Parents have adopted children from the U.S., Bulgaria, China, Guatemala, India, Korea, The Phillipines, Romania, Russia, Vietnam, and Eastern Europe through our program.

KYUMH offers the Next Step Program to help youth who desire recovery from substance abuse. The Next Step Substance Abuse Program provides community based assessment, case management and treatment services to youth through age 21 who live with substance abuse and emotional/behavioral disorders.

List of Services

  • Outpatient individual and family therapy
  • Substance abuse services
  • Weekly support groups (including groups for co-occurring disorders) with staff guidance for development of relapse prevention skills
  • Case Management with links to needed medical, social, educational, substance abuse treatment and other resources
  • Comprehensive treatment plan based on the needs and goals identified by the youth and their families
  • Residential treatment

Additional Services

  • Transportation is provided or arranged
  • Crisis hotline support is available 24 hours

Next Step Therapists and Case Managers provide services in the following counties: Woodford, Anderson, Clark, Bourbon, Boyle, Mercer, Powell, Garrard and Jessamine.

Program Goals

  • Substance abuse recovery
  • Enhanced family supports
  • Community engagement
  • Access to resources to support a healthy lifestyle
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
We collaborate with the following:
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Department of Juvenile Justice
Area School Systems
Local food banks and social service providers
family and district courts
AccreditedCouncil on Accreditation2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $5,914,985.00
Projected Expenses $5,914,985.00
Endowment Value $3,950,191.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 6%
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 Year201720162015
Total Revenue$12,681,929$6,898,554$6,530,181
Total Expenses$6,698,802$6,248,664$6,422,802
Revenue Less Expenses$5,983,127$649,890$107,379
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$3,653,763$3,056,640$3,653,984
Individual Contributions$3,814,804$3,344,871$2,093,295
Investment Income, Net of Losses$282,575$262,157$187,126
Membership Dues------
Special Events$50,457$38,197$37,383
Revenue In-Kind--$98,908--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$5,142,212$4,920,477$5,172,600
Administration Expense$1,030,442$917,990$842,793
Fundraising Expense$526,148$410,197$407,409
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.891.101.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%79%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$20,041,144$13,113,346$10,687,675
Current Assets$1,712,191$1,012,626$860,836
Long-Term Liabilities$1,712,903$1,060,053$436,581
Current Liabilities$1,841,350$846,547$90,449
Total Net Assets$17,713,893$11,206,746$10,160,645
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To complete our Nicholasville campus to provide a full continuum of care for children with histories of abuse, neglect and/or family trauma. 
Goal $15,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address 1115 Ashgrove Rd
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Primary Phone 859 523-3001
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Julie Hager Love
Board Chair Mr. Jeff Walker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gess Mattingly & Atchison