P.O. Box 1603
Lexington KY 40588-1603
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1603
Lexington, KY 40588 1603
Phone (859) 253-2615
Fax 859 253-0282
Contact Name Heather Darby
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1977
Former Names
Lexington Rape Crisis Center
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
If you would like to support the BRCC through another channel, feel free to mail a check to our P.O. Box and 'like' our Facebook page to keep up with our events. We also accept in-kind donations of clothing to bring on Medical Advocacy calls. Please call our business line to learn more about donations.
Additionally, we have an extensive volunteer program which staffs our 24-hour crisis line. If you are interested in being a volunteer with us, please call our business line or visit our website! 
Financial Summary
Mission Statement We envision a world free of all forms of violence and oppression. We see communities that offer safety and compassion for all. We believe that it’s possible for people to live in empowering relationships characterized by respect and equality The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC) models the change we want to see in the world. All our services create opportunities for empowerment within the agency and the broader community. Our work is guided by a spirit of forward movement, openness, and shared power. We envision that our services are offered in ways that result in individual life changes and broader social change. BRCC intentionally nurtures this movement through investments that provide an opportunity for safety, growth, and empowerment. We are guided by a vision of collaboration and engagement that causes people to see that sexual violence is everyone’s issue. Individuals and communities will take ownership for the many faces of sexual violence. We work collaboratively so that all might benefit from living in a world free of sexual violence and human trafficking. We include people of all backgrounds and cultures in this movement to make our vision a reality Mission Empower all people to make changes that improve safety, respect, and equality in their own lives and in their communities. Create a safe refuge that welcomes survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking to engage in the healing process as we believe in and validate their experiences. Advocate for individuals affected by sexual violence and human trafficking with respect for the personal rights and needs of each person Educate the community by providing both information and perspective to raise awareness and promote the prevention of sexual violence and human trafficking. We advance this mission through crisis intervention, therapy, advocacy and education.
Background Statement
BRCC is the state designated rape crisis center for the Bluegrass Area Development District.  We serve anyone impacted by sexual violence, including primary victims as well as their family and friends.  All services are free and confidential. In 1971, a group of Lexington women who had been meeting and discussing various women's issues for some time filed for private nonprofit status and organized themselves into the Women's Center of Lexington, Kentucky. Almost immediately they established a task force to determine the level of rape in the area, the ways in which Fayette County agencies responded to rape, and the area’s need for a specific program of services for rape victims. Finding that victim needs were going largely unaddressed and that no coordinated system of services existed, the task force initiated the city’s first rape crisis program. For the first 18 months of its existence, BRCC consisted of a volunteer crisis line supported by the membership dues of 10 to 15 women operating under the auspices of the Lexington Women's Center. In September 1974, the program formed its own board of directors and incorporated separately from the Women's Center as a new private nonprofit organization. In March 1977, BRCC received its first outside funds. Since that time BRCC has continued to operate as an independent private nonprofit organization expanding and diversifying its programs in response to community need and available resources. Since 1997, BRCC has expanded from one office serving the 17 counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District to three offices. Additional offices have been added in Georgetown, Richmond, and Danville. The numbers of services provided by these offices has grown steadily since they were opened. BRCC's overall operating budget comes from state general funds, city/county government, federal grants, United Way, and donations and fundraisers. Private donations and creative fundraising activities have helped to increase the program's annual resources.
Impact Statement
1.  Reinstated signature fundraising event, the Black and White Ball. 
2.  Increased availability of therapy services into the rural counties of the service area.
3.  Continued to provide high quality services at a growing rate with diminishing resources.
1.  Increase funding to ensure stability of service provision.
2.  Strengthen outreach efforts to underserved populations.
3.  Strengthen Executive Board of Directors through skill building and diverse representation.
4.  Plan and implement a regional conference for students and administrators at higher education institutions to collaborate on the response to and prevention of sexual assault on campuses. 
Needs Statement
1.  Our primary need at this time is additional funding.  Despite cuts in funding or flat funding from most sources, we have been able to maintain service provision through frugal spending.  The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center is part of the Kentucky Retirement System.  Because of the recent significant increase in the employer's portion of the contribution, our personnel expenses increased by over $40,000 this year.  This portion will continue to increase and we are in need of additional funds to offset this cost.
2.  BRCC relies heavily on the support of volunteers to be able to provide crisis services 24/7.  We are always in need of more people to help with this effort.
3.  BRCC seeks Executive Board members with an interest in this area and the desire to become involved in this work.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Victims' Services
Geographic Areas Served
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Clark County
Estill County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Harrison County
Jessamine County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Mercer County
Nicholas County
Powell County
Scott County
Boyle County
BRCC serves a diverse area including both urban and rural counties in the 17-county Bluegrass ADD, including both Central Kentucky as well as an area of Appalachian counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Yancy Ackerman
Company Affiliation none
Board Members
Yancy Ackerman CPAVoting
Chad Aull Community VolunteerVoting
Chris Boetler none
Ashley Cochrane Berea CollegeVoting
John Paul Coyle Transylvania UniversityVoting
Kristen Czarnecki Georgetown UniversityVoting
Theo Godlaski University of Kentucky College of Social WorkVoting
Daniel Gray Dean, Dorton and FordVoting
John Hayne Community VolunteerVoting
Jane Hughes Precision Accounting ServicesVoting
Janet Humphrey Community VolunteerVoting
Harold Dean Jessie Community VolunteerVoting
Donna Mattox Mattox Real EstateVoting
Larrey Riddle Community VolunteerVoting
Jacob Wallingford Board Member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 61%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director M.E. Kobes
Term Start June 2016


Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 26
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 16
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mae Suramek - May 2016
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments

Organizational Goals, 2012 – 2016

1. Stabilization, Diversification, and Sustainability of Financial Framework

· Consider long-term sustainability of current Lexington location

· More strategically steward relationships with current donors and funders

· Explore foundations as a new source of funding

· Create fee-based training modules for community Forecast and plan around increased retirement contributions

· Build in an annual written appeal to engage donors over 60

2. Increased Accessibility of Services and Programs

· Increase cultural competency of programs by diversifying staff, board, and volunteers

· Intentionally align and connect work of the three core mission areas

· Intentionally engage survivors in all aspects of BRCC work

3. Prioritization of Prevention and Education

· Research and add other relevant and effective prevention and awareness education strategies

· Add staff position/s

4. Strategic Community Partnerships

· Create partnerships with community mental health providers to expand therapy services in rural counties

· Expand partnerships with law enforcement in all counties

· Expand trainings for SANE nurses and hospital ER staff on protocols for responding to disclosures of sexual assaults in all counties

5. Enhanced Public Profile

· Organizational re-branding

6. Increased Staff Capacity, Skill, and Organizational Efficiency/Structure

· Succession planning

· Contingency planning

Crisis counseling is a short-term intervention available to survivors of sexual violence as well as their friends and families; all free of charge.  This service is available in all BRCC offices. 
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Short Term Success
   Five hundred individuals will receive services via the 24-hour crisis line, and 1000 information and referral services will also be provided via the 24-hour crisis line. 
   One hundred and fifty individuals will receive counseling services and of the individuals returning the counseling survey, 70% will report they have not increased their alcohol or drug use to cope with the assault.  Of these 150 individuals, another 70% will report they have not experienced an increase in feelings of wanting to hurt themselves.
Program Long term Success
Individuals receive free short-term crisis counseling as well as crisis intervention, information and referrals via the 24-hour crisis line.  Individuals will also gain the skills needed to cope with the aftermath of violence and manage the symptoms that may result from experiencing trauma.  Finally, clients will maintain or improve functioning over the course of treatment.
Program Success Monitored By
Each client is given a Counseling Services Survey after the 3rd session, every six months thereafter, and upon termination.  Also, each service is documented with a form which includes information about the client, services requested, and services provided.
Examples of Program Success
  • Of the clients who completed three crisis counseling sessions, 97% maintained or improved their ability to manage symptoms.
  • Of the clients who completed three crisis counseling sessions, 94% maintained or improved the strength of their support system.
  • Of those advocacy clients returning the survey, 83% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with the following statement:  "As a result of receiving services from the rape crisis center, I know my rights."
  • Of those advocacy clients returning the survey, 100% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with the following statement:  "As a result of receiving services from the rape crisis center, the advocate helped me understand what was going on."
Therapy is available to survivors of sexual violence including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  This is also free of charge.  There may be a waiting list for this service. 
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success
Fifty individuals will receive psychotherapy.  Of those who are reassessed during the 12-month period, 75% will maintain or improve on the Global Assessment of Functioning.
Program Long term Success
Clients will maintain or improve functioning over the course of treatment.
Program Success Monitored By
Upon intake and annually thereafter, therapists assess clients' Global Assessment of Functioning.  A final assessment is done at termination
Examples of Program Success
  • Of those psychotherapy clients returning the survey, 91% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with the following statement:  "As a result of receiving services at the rape crisis center, I can cope better with day-to-day stress."
  • Of those psychotherapy clients who were reassessed during the 12-month period, 100% maintained or improved on the Global Assessment of Functioning.
This program provides free educational programs to virtually any group of people focused on a variety of issues related to sexual violence.  We have provided age-appropriate programming to students Pre-K to Post Graduate, as well as communitymembers, professionals, and the military.  In 2009 BRCC began piloting a primary prevention program called Green Dot. 
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success Eight thousand individuals will participate in educational programs and 500 professionals will receive in-service training.
Program Long term Success Participants will have an increased knowledge of issues related to sexual violence and harassment.  Professionals will gain knowledge in the area of sexual violence and will be better able to serve clients who have been victims.
Program Success Monitored By Participants are given pre-tests and post-tests regarding myths and facts about sexual assault/abuse and harassment.
We provide outreach, counseling, and advocacy to victims of human trafficking.  Staff also provide community education on this topic and have trained groups such as law enforcement, students, the faith community and therapists. 
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Ethnic & Immigrant Groups
Population Served Victims, ,
Program Short Term Success
  • Increase awareness about issue of human trafficking among professionals and community members
  • Increase the community’s capacity to identify and respond to HT victims’
  • Broader knowledge base of the issue of human trafficking among key providers. As a result, more victims of trafficking being referred to BRCC services by community agencies. 
  • Increase the capacity of the Lexington Human Trafficking Task Force and strengthen diversity of membership
  • Program Long term Success
    • The prevalence of trafficking will decrease as it becomes more socially unacceptable.
    • Victims of human trafficking will recieve a full range of services to be able to regain control of their life.
    Program Success Monitored By
    We are tracking the number of services provided as well as the outcome of the case.  We also have a statewide case review, counselor notes, and clinical supervision.
    Examples of Program Success

    Client contacts the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center for counseling services. Her therapist screens and identifies client as a victim of both labor and sex trafficking. She is assisted in obtaining legal resources, and later receives immigration remedies, allowing her to remain in the US and receive public benefits. BRCC advocates with law enforcement on her behalf, helps her with safety planning, assists her in applying for public benefits and enrolling in ESL classes. Throughout this process, client receives ongoing therapy at BRCC. Client has begun to obtain stability and independence in her life, and continues to receive services at BRCC.

    BRCC provides support and advocacy services for clients seeking medical treatment following a sexual assault as well as those pursuing legal action related to the assault.  Staff can help advocate through referrals, court and medical accompaniment, education regarding options and coordination of service provision.
    Population Served , ,
    Program Short Term Success
       One hundred and fifty individuals will receive medical advocacy/accompaniment.  Of those, at least 95% will receive a detailed explanation of the exam and 100% will be provided clothes after the exam if necessary. 
       One hundred individuals will receive legal advocacy.  Of those, at least 95% will have the legal process clearly explained and will receive information on their legal rights.
    Program Long term Success
    Individuals will have an increased knowledge of the medical and legal process and an increased ability to make informed medical and legal decisions.
    Program Success Monitored By
    A medical post-advocacy checklist will be completed by the BRCC advocate for all medical accompaniment services.  For legal advocacies, a Post-Advocacy Checklist will be completed by the BRCC advocate.
    Examples of Program Success
    Of those advocacy clients returning the survey, 100% reported they "agree" or "strongly agree" with teh following statement:  "As a result of receiving services from the rape crisis center, the advocate helped me understand what was going on."
    Plans & Policies
    Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
    Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
    Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
    Management Succession Plan? No
    Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistleblower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy Yes

    Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs

    Kentucky Domestic Violence Association

    Department of Community Based Services

    County Attorney Offices

    Commonwealth Attorney Offices

    Law Enforcement


    Crime Victim’s Compensation Board

    Health Departments

    Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program

    Comprehensive Care Centers

    Attorney General’s Office

    Nursing Home Ombudsman

    SANE program

    Chrysalis House Inc

    Fayette Co. Schools

    Sayre School

    Florence Crittenton Home

    Women’s Hope Center

    University of Kentucky

    Transylvania University

    UK VIP

    Cardinal Valley Center

    Children’s Advocacy Center

    Migrant Network Coalition

    Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

    DV Prevention Board

    Lexington Trafficking Taskforce

    Asbury University/Asbury Theological Seminary

    Jessamine Co. Cooperative Extension Office

    Jessamine, Garrard, Mercer, Boyle and Lincoln Co. School System

    Garrard Co. Interagency Meeting

    Mercer Co. Interagency Meeting

    Beacon Youth Service Center

    Centre College

    Lincoln Co. Early Childhood Program

    Lincoln Co. United Human Services Council

    Danville/Boyle Co. United Human Service Council

    Kentucky School for the Deaf

    Danville/Boyle Co. Detention Center

    Bridges in Communities

    Haggin Memorial Hospital

    Boyle Co. Cooperative Extension Service

    North Point Correctional Facility

    Area DV Councils

    Harrison, Nicholas, Scott and Bourbon Co. Schools

    Georgetown College

    Scott Co. GUS

    Bourbon Co. GUS

    Eastern Kentucky University

    Madison Central High School

    Berea College

    Safe Alternatives

    Bluegrass Community and Technical College

    Madison Co. Human Services Council

    Clark and Powell Co. Schools

    Powell Co. Health Clinic

    Powell Co. Interagency Group

    Clark Co. Family Resource and Youth Services Center

    Clark Co. Domestic Violence Council

    Targeted Assessment Program

    Madison Co. Psychological Services

    Kentucky State University

    Franklin, Woodford and Anderson Co. Schools

    Franklin Independent Schools

    Franklin Co. Counsel on Family Abuse/Violence

    Kentucky Nonprofit Network2012
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
    Fiscal Year
    Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
    Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
    Projected Revenue $1,113,481.00
    Projected Expenses $1,113,481.00
    Endowment Value $19,437.00
    Spending Policy N/A
    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 Year201520142013
    Total Revenue$1,094,979$1,051,499$1,004,588
    Total Expenses$1,067,023$1,023,406$1,068,020
    Revenue Less Expenses$27,956$28,093($63,432)
    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 Year201520142013
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$969,871$891,273$857,480
    Individual Contributions$106,152$65,553$60,829
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,611$1,448$1,913
    Membership Dues------
    Special Events$1,188$18,469$14,521
    Revenue In-Kind--$4,245--
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Program Expense$931,609$898,201$952,513
    Administration Expense$115,544$125,205$115,507
    Fundraising Expense$19,870----
    Payments to Affiliates------
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.030.94
    Program Expense/Total Expenses87%88%89%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%0%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201520142013
    Total Assets$580,073$509,614$468,979
    Current Assets$397,439$329,474$285,030
    Long-Term Liabilities------
    Current Liabilities$84,546$42,043$29,501
    Total Net Assets$495,527$467,571$439,478
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
    State Registration Yes
    Address P.O. Box 1603
    Lexington, KY 405881603
    Primary Phone 859 253-2615
    CEO/Executive Director M.E. Kobes
    Board Chair Yancy Ackerman
    Board Chair Company Affiliation none