309 Spangler Drive
Richmond KY 40475
Contact Information
Address 309 Spangler Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone (859) 624-2046 1111
Fax 859 624-2049
Contact Name Karen Atkins
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1965
Former Names
(DBA) Foothills Community Action Partnership
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The mission of Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is to develop community resources so that all persons may have lives of dignity, responsibility and opportunity. We encourage our community partners, board members, staff, volunteers and others to join us in the work of support to benefit people in need and create lasting change in their lives.

There are numerous ways to get involved with KRFDC. You can:

Make a Donation
Donate directly to a specific program. Donations of in-kind items (clothing, books, and personal care items) are a great way to support KRFDC's work in the community.

Volunteer Your Time and Skills
Volunteers are the heart of our organization. We often need volunteers to get involved in the planning of events, organizing donations and assisting with the day-to-day operations of our programs.

Host an Event
Without the generous support of our sponsors, KRFDC would be unable to carry out its mission. Event sponsorship is great way to get involved with our organization and our work.

We are also always looking for groups and individuals to provide holiday gifts to Liberty Place clients and their children, as well as our area's low and moderate-income families, and youth.

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Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Developing community resources so that all persons may have lives of dignity, responsibility and opportunity.
Background Statement

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is committed to the promise of helping people and changing lives. KRFDC has a long history of community improvement and promoting self-sufficiency among the area’s low income population. Founded in Winchester, KY in 1962, the agency received designation as a community action agency two years later. KRFDC embraces a philosophy of needs-based strategies and family-based services leading to family self-sufficiency and economic self-reliance. The agency provides a comprehensive range of services for families and individuals.  The agency employs over 300 people who represent a highly skilled, professional team of program administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors, transportation drivers, and health care providers. KRFDC is governed by a volunteer corporate board of directors whose members are active in community service. Staff are guided by Executive Director Brian Mullins.

Impact Statement

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is part of a national network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) created by the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. CAAs administer various programs, on their individual community levels, to assist low-income people out of poverty conditions. CAAs are legislated by the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) that replaced the Economic Opportunity Act in 1981.

Foothills is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation that has provided a variety of services to low-income people for over 55 years. Foothills was founded in 1962 in Winchester by a group of concerned citizens for the purpose of securing the optimum development of the human and economic potential for all disadvantaged persons. It was one of many grass roots organizations formed by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in response to the increased severity of poverty in the United States.

Foothills provides a comprehensive range of health and human services and is governed by community leaders from Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties. The agency’s workforce of more than 300 professionals represents a diverse team of highly skilled teachers, social workers, counselors, drivers, health care professionals, and administrators.

The agency’s focus, from its earliest beginning until present day, remains to develop resources so that all persons may have lives of dignity, responsibility and opportunity. 

The agency’s strategic plan guides all of the organization’s service efforts toward reaching successful and measurable outcomes in the lives of families and individuals. Although part of Foothills vision is to always provide various safety nets for crises intervention and emergency services, it is also our vision to provide a combination of services that are designed to help identify barriers, teach ways to overcome enabling negative factors and to change one’s focus for new opportunities.

Needs Statement
KRFDC is continually in great need of (1) gently used business and casual clothing and shoes for children, youth, men, and women, (2) personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, (3) household items such as bath towels, washcloths, twin sheet sets, and full sheet sets.

Fund supplies and/or refreshments for our Back-to-School events. Our Back-to-School events promote a healthy start to the school year for low-income children. Sponsors are needed to help provide school supplies such as spiral notebooks, crayons, notebook paper, scissors, pens/pencils, erasers, and rulers.

Volunteers are needed to distribute lunches for our Home Delivered Meals Program.  Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. Volunteers can work any amount of days they want from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Those interested will use their own vehicle to deliver meals and be reimbursed for mileage expenses. You must have a valid driver’s license and TB skin test. Training provided. Two hours a day, a week, or month can make a difference. We provide home delivered meals in Berea, Richmond, Winchester, and Clay City.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go in spite of it all.” Dr. King’s life was dedicated to helping his fellow man – including the poor, the hopeless and the forgotten. At Foothills we, too, are doing what we can to help people and keep hope alive. 

Many of the families and individuals who turn to Foothills face multiple challenges such as joblessness, illness, hunger, homelessness, and addiction. These tough economic times have brought to our doors many people who have never before sought assistance. 

Foothills has programs that help advance the lives of individuals and families who turn to us for help. It is our intent to not only provide people with help, but to instill within them a sense of hope; hope to obtain employment, overcome drug and alcohol addiction, nurture their children, purchase homes, and hope to live productive and fulfilling lives. 

Board Chair Statement
I’m proud to be part of an organization that is dedicated to helping so many people to have the opportunity to change their lives.  
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Tertiary Organization Category Health Care / Community Clinics
Geographic Areas Served
Clark County
Estill County
Madison County
Powell County

KRFDC primarily serves Clark, Estill, Madison, and Powell Counties.  Additionally, Head Start serves Clark, Estill, Madison, Powell, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, and Rockcastle Counties. 

Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Promote Self-Sufficiency
Improve Conditions
Give Low-Income Individuals a Stake in the Community
Improve Community Partnerships
Increase Capacity
Assist Vulnerable Populations



StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Strategic Goal 1: Promote Self-Sufficiency
Provide comprehensive, coordinated services that may be individualized to assist program participants in achieving and maintaining dignity, responsibility, and opportunity.

Strategic Goal 2: Improve Conditions
Work to provide homeownership opportunities for low-income households, prevent homelessness, provide rental and utility assistance, and provide financial management assistance to low and moderate income persons who may be at risk of becoming financially unstable

Strategic Goal 3: Give Low-Income Individuals a Stake in the Community
Strive to increase both volunteer and client participation in agency programs, giving more individuals a stake in their communities. Strengthen the agency’s ability to address the needs of the community, and bridge the gap between marginalized populations within communities.

Strategic Goal 4: Improve Community Partnerships
Strengthen and expand relationships with other nonprofits, private industry, schools, colleges, faith-based organizations and local governments.

Strategic Goal 5: Increase Capacity
Enhance the capabilities of the agency employees by providing training opportunities and participation in professional credentialing. Expand services to meet the changing needs of the community, and expand community awareness of programs and services.

Strategic Goal 6: Assist Vulnerable Populations
Provide programming, resources, and services to vulnerable populations that are tailored to the needs of those clients. Work to empower marginalized individuals with a myriad of services aimed at increasing financial, social, and environmental stability and sustainability. 


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


Desire to serve the poor/strong mission

Innovative and creative strategies

Variety of high quality programs

Functional, knowledgeable tripartite board

Good, knowledgeable, and experienced staff; good executive director

High customer satisfaction

Ability to manage grants

Community partnerships

Volunteer availability & interest

Longevity in social service programs and name recognition

Ever-increasing marketing efforts



Lack of funding (in some areas)

Lack of agency/program awareness



Current and potential partnerships

Movement to results oriented management



Grant opportunities

Poverty is more on the radar – counties, State, nation



National budget/uncertainty
Funding reductions by federal, state and local sources

Political climate

Aging population (changing demographics)

Nature and causes of poverty (low wage jobs, low job skills, lack of affordable and available child care, high cost of health care and insurance, unaffordable energy, family instability, poor transportation, etc.)

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?

Following our Strategic Plan
Write Community Assessment Report
Surveying clients/stakeholders
Grant funding
Increased communication - media logs
Successful grant monitoring
In-kind, donations

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

We have developed an ongoing schedule for funding research to discuss funding sustainability.

We have formed a fund development team of current staff that are responsible for identifying potential funding sources as well as brainstorming ideas to promote the financial viability of the organization.

We continue to form collaborative relationships, both formal and informal, with other entities to increase the competitiveness of funding proposals and to maximize service availability for agency clientele.

We regularly update and post the strategic plan, newsletters, annual reports and other information on the agency’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter site.

We provide economic development services to clients to enhance employability, strengthen family finance, develop assets to maintain child support, and improve standard of living.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ira Newman
Company Affiliation Private Sector
Term Aug 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Judge Executive James AndersonPowell CountyNonVoting
Ms. Pamela BlackburnClark County Magistrate/Fiscal CourtVoting
Judge Executive Henry BranhamPublicNonVoting
Ms. Terry DavidsonClark County Homeless ShelterVoting
Ms. Linda GinterDeputy Judge ExecutiveVoting
Ms. Mary HigginsRetiredVoting
Dr. Paula MaionchiOccupational MedicineVoting
Ms. Marcy MartinLow-IncomeVoting
Ms. Kathy MerrimanRetiredVoting
Mr. Ira NewmanRetired JudgeVoting
Ms. Christine RandallLow-IncomeVoting
Ms. Laura SandsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Janet SmithCommunity VolunteerVoting
Judge Executive Reagan TaylorMadison County Judge ExecutiveNonVoting
Judge Exectuive Kevin WilliamsPublicVoting
Mr. James WittLow-IncomeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 10%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Paula Maionchi
Company Affiliation Private Sector
Term Aug 2017 to Dec 2018
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Brian Mullins
Term Start July 2018

Eastern Kentucky University, Master’s Degree in Business

Full Time Staff 231
Part Time Staff 79
Volunteers 500
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 34%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 17
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 286
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 66
Female 224
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Title Chief Program Officer
Title Head Start Director
Title Public Information & Projects Director
Title Chief Administration Officer
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
CEO Comments

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. believes that many individuals are vulnerable to poverty, whether they are receiving poverty-level wages themselves, are at risk of losing a job or are simply living in communities with large percentages of low-income households. The economic and social costs of poverty are enormous. The consequences of poverty have significant effects on everyone. Yet, we believe there are cost-effective solutions to poverty. Foothills is devoted to reducing the prevalence of poverty—and its effects on everyone.

Foothills remains focused on improving the quality of life for all people in our service area. We are financially strong, engaged in our communities, and capable of providing necessary services to the many individuals and families in our core service region. This is directly attributable to the exemplary efforts on the part of directors, management, employees, grantors, contributors, volunteers, community supporters, and program participants who have endeavored to maximize the benefit of our various program services.

We are fortunate to be guided by an effective Board of Directors. I want to thank them. Their faithful attendance and countless hours of service are crucial to the guidance and oversight provided to the agency. I continue I look to them for wisdom and guidance in the completion of my duties.


Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women is a long-term substance abuse recovery program for women. This program provides support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This 108-bed residential substance abuse recovery center is centrally located on Lake Street in Richmond. Liberty Place works to restore opportunities to thousands of women by preparing them to lead sober, stable and productive lives. Services provided are free of charge to clients. Liberty Place meets the needs of women in KY's 6th Congressional District.  As a transitional supportive housing development, Liberty Place uses a recovery program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living.

Budget $1,116,312
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Females, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Homeless
Examples of Program Success When Amber needs a reminder on how far she’s come, she thinks back to the day she came to Liberty Place. She used drugs and alcohol to suppress her negative feelings. Drugs & alcohol had become her best friend.  She couldn’t keep a job because of her addictions.  “Everything was going downhill,” said Amber.  “I was even homeless to a point.”  She was charged with trafficking drugs and was sentenced to jail.  Being in jail opened a door for her that she didn’t know existed.  She was given the opportunity to recover from her addictions at Liberty Place.  She willingly enrolled in the program. “Walking through the front door was extremely overwhelming,” admitted Amber.  “Honestly I didn’t think the program would work for me.”  But it did!  Amber found the tools she needed to understand her addictions – these tools included the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, daily recovery dynamics and criminal thinking classes, meditation and prayer, peer support, job responsibilities, and meetings. 
The agency’s Head Start program helps economically disadvantaged children from birth to 5 years old develop educational and social skills. Family members are encouraged to be involved in activities and educational experiences that will help foster a lifetime of commitment to quality education. In collaboration with the county school systems, Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Also, partnerships are developed with community agencies to provide additional services and resources to parents and children. Head Start works to meet each child's individual needs. Through this early socialization and educational experience, children who attend Head Start and Early Head Start are exposed to both the Head Start Early Learning Framework and the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards. Head Start services are provided in Clark, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, Madison, Powell, and Rockcastle counties. Early Head Start services are provided in Clark, Estill, Madison, and Powell counties.
Budget $6,411,628
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, Homeless
Program Success Monitored By
In FY 2009-10 Head Start served 992 children.
Examples of Program Success

Head Start is a great program not only for kids, but also for their parents.   Charles and Vickie, who have been married eight years, made the decision to enroll both of their children in the program.  As the agency’s largest program, Head Start serves children in eight counties.  Charles and Vickie are very passionate about their children’s education and have a personal reason why they want them to succeed in life.  “I want more for my children,” said Vickie.  “I don’t want them to struggle the way I did.”  Having moved around as a child her own education was interrupted.  For the past seven years she has been working with Operation Read to learn to read.  It’s been tough because she has a learning disability that sometimes serves as a roadblock.  Her goal is to obtain a GED and she is hopeful that she can achieve that goal within the next year. 


Established through a grant from the federal government, KRFDC's Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) Program offers a wide array of health care and related services to the homeless population in Powell County.  HCH removes barriers to accessing care by bringing preventive comprehensive care into community programs that serve the homeless. This grant provides a service that takes medical care out of the traditional hospital-based setting and brings it to a population in need of health services. 

Budget $951,757
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Adults, Homeless, Other Economic Level
Examples of Program Success The Mobile Health Clinic offers a wide array of health care and related services to the homeless population at various locations in Estill and Powell counties. An individual is considered homeless if they are without permanent housing. They may live on the streets, ‘doubled up’ with friends and/or extended family members, stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle, or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation. People who pay a disproportionate amount of their income toward housing expenses may also qualify for the program.

The Senior Citizens Centers provide seniors 60 years and older with socialization, recreation, exercise programs, and nutritious meals. Seniors enjoy participating in exercise programs, using the exercise equipment, recreational games, field trips, educational and health screening programs, and many other activities. Other services provided through the centers are: information and assistance, transportation, advocacy, counseling, outreach, and legal assistance. Home Care provides help for those who are home-bound or at high risk of nursing home placement. KRFDC strives to provide the highest level of quality care to all persons served by our Home Care program. Adult Day Care provides respite to primary caregivers of persons who are physically, mentally, or socially limited and require personalized care and attention. Each day at the center is filled with activities to promote socialization, therapy, recreation, and relaxation.


Budget $895,857
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Other Health/Disability
Examples of Program Success Enoch is a delightful 93-year-old gentleman who lives independently with a little help from the Home Care Program.  “They are just as nice to me as they can be,” said Enoch.  He receives meal delivery through the program and an aide helps with light housekeeping, errands and shopping, laundry and most importantly – companionship.  Enoch said that if it weren’t for KRFDC he wouldn’t even be able to go to the doctor.  The program also helps with Enoch’s transportation needs and keeps track of his doctors’ appointments. Home Care staff transport Enoch to the grocery store and occasionally when he’s in town he gets to visit with other seniors at the Richmond Senior Center.  Without their help he said he would be living in a nursing home. Foothills staff are proud of Enoch’s determination to live independently.  With Foothills help, Enoch is able to remain in his own home.  He comments with a smile, “Oh yes, this program has helped me so much.  Thank you.”

Outreach Office staff provide information and referral services as well as access to emergency financial assistance programs (when such programs are available) for basic necessities including food, shelter, and utilities. Even during times when it doesn’t have access to emergency assistance funds, KRFDC staff are available to offer referrals to other community resources that may be able to respond to immediate needs. KRFDC staff can assist in making plans that may help alleviate future crises. The Outreach Offices provide energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) every fall/winter. LIHEAP assists income-eligible households with home heating costs through two programs: LIHEAP Subsidy (typically in November and December, or until all funds are expended) and LIHEAP Crisis (typically January until the middle of March, or until all funds are expended). Through the kynect Program, Foothills staff can offer assistance for local residents in understanding their options for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, or health care law. Funded temporarily through a Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange subgrant from Community Action Kentucky, the program provides education services and enrollment assistance to individuals for expanded Medicaid and/or Qualified Health Plans or the Small Business Health Options Program. This service is open to everyone. KRFDC provides free Weatherization services to income-eligible families and individuals. This program works to reduce home heating/cooling costs and improves the safety of homes by providing energy efficiency measures. On average, weatherization reduces energy bills by 32%. Applications for Weatherization are taken at the Outreach Offices.

Budget 1,933,151
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Comments
CEO Comments

The past years has brought KRFDC a significant increase in the number of individuals and families requesting our agency’s services. The amplified demand has resulted in unprecedented challenges as we have tried to respond to the needs of families struggling to make ends meet as they’ve lost jobs, experienced increased grocery and fuel costs, and felt the fear of wondering how they were going to keep food on the table or a roof over their heads. In response, KRFDC has strived to continue to provide services to the neediest people in our service area while also expanding existing services and developing additional programs. Despite the challenging economy, our agency has been able to respond to the needs of those who rely on our services.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2018
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

American Dietetic Association

Community Action Kentucky

Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky

Kentucky Diabetes Association

Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Kentucky Head Start Association

Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness - Steering Committee

Kentucky Primary Care Association

Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Workers

 KY-ASAP Estill/Powell Local Board

 KY-ASAP Madison County

National Association of Social Workers

National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

 United Way Executive Director's Association

 United Way Madison County Board of Trustees

United Way Member Agency2011
Chamber of Commerce2011
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $18,412,140.00
Projected Expenses $18,412,140.00
Endowment Value $30,396.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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$22,049,627$21,629,578$21,090,026
Total Expenses$21,580,511$20,517,956$20,511,711
Revenue Less Expenses$469,116$1,111,622$578,315
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$15,680,619$15,547,926$15,556,813
Individual Contributions$4,326,153$4,102,676$4,244,103
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,024$7,144$2,966
Membership Dues------
Special Events$104,070$77,452$90,859
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$20,244,688$19,302,998$19,315,163
Administration Expense$1,328,059$1,207,785$1,189,856
Fundraising Expense$7,764$7,173$6,692
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.051.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$9,905,340$8,672,547$7,580,827
Current Assets$5,173,980$4,229,739$3,984,682
Long-Term Liabilities$2,674,536$2,627,074$1,691,450
Current Liabilities$1,880,884$1,164,669$1,705,541
Total Net Assets$5,349,920$4,880,804$3,769,182
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 309 Spangler Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
Primary Phone 859 624-2046 1111
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Brian Mullins
Board Chair Mr. Ira Newman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Sector