536 West Third Street
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address 536 West Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 254-2501
Contact Name Lori Clemons
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1979
Former Names
MASH Services of the Bluegrass
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations may be made online or by cash or check.  Donations may be earmarked for general operating funds or for a specific service such as the Arbor Youth Emergency Shelter, Outreach Center, Safe Place, or Supportive Housing.  We also accept in-kind donations, and our needs are located on our website.  There are several volunteer opportunities for individuals and/or groups to work on our facilities, with youth activities, or help with administrative tasks.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Arbor Youth Services provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for unaccompanied youth (from birth through 24 years of age) who have suffered abuse, neglect or are at-risk of being victimized and are homeless.
Background Statement Arbor Youth Services was incorporated in 1976 in an effort to provide services to runaway and homeless youth.  Since then, we have added programs including our Street Outreach and our Housing Programs in response to community needs.  We have also expanded the population we serve from adolescents only to the entire youth population, age birth to 24.  Through this time, our shelter has remained our core services, and our mission has continued to focus on providing safe housing for runaway, homeless, abused and neglected children and youth.
Impact Statement Arbor Youth Services provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for unaccompanied youth (from birth through 24 years of age) who have suffered abuse, neglect or are at-risk of being victimized and are homeless. We provide emergency shelter for children and youth under 18, and we help youth who are between 18 and 24 years of age transition from homelessness to housing. All of the children and youth we serve find themselves homeless often at no-fault of their own, whether they’ve been removed from their home, kicked out of their home, or age-out of foster care. Last year, we provided 1,498 nights of shelter for 169 unduplicated children and youth, served 113 young adults through our Outreach Center, with 29 homeless youth moved into housing. We are the only Safe Place designated shelter in Central KY, providing immediate help to youth in crisis through community Safe Place sites including the Lexington Public Library, LexTran, Community Action Council, YMCA, and Lexington Fire Department. Over the last year, we added 9 new sites, for a total of 56 stationary sites, and are always recruiting new Safe Place sites. We envision a community where all children and youth who are at-risk are strengthened and supported to regain ties with their family, their community and other encouraging adults. We strive to provide a continuum of services to children and transition age youth, and as gaps in services are identified, we work towards filling that gap. For example, youth who find themselves homeless when they turn 18 but were never engaged in the foster care system have little support, especially developmentally appropriate. We recognized that these young adults need the same support foster-care youth need and decided to create a sustainable living initiative targeted for these particular youth, to house them and help them become self-sufficient and live independently. We anticipate launching this program in the fall of 2019. 
Needs Statement Our organization's top 5 needs include: 1) Financial support in the areas of administration; 2) Long term volunteers; 3) In-kind donations of toilet paper and paper towels, toiletries, and non-perishable food items; 4) Volunteers willing to assist with moving youth into housing; and 5) Financial support for direct program costs.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Homeless Shelters
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Geographic Areas Served
While Arbor Youth Services has no geographic boundaries, the vast majority of services are provided to Kentucky residents.  Most services are concentrated in Fayette and the surrounding counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Arbor Youth Services strives to provide a safe space for youth ages 0-24 that are experiencing crisis.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? AYS provides emergency shelter and support services to ensure youth obtain safe and stable housing.
Board Chair
Board Chair Adrianne Strong
Company Affiliation Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Suzanne BaysCommunity VolunteerVoting
Jessica DawahareUK HealthcareVoting
Traci FelixRector Hayden RealtorsVoting
Mary HoulihanCommunity Volunteer/ TeacherExofficio
Chad HowardZipieVoting
Ali JohnsonAl Torstrick Insurance AgencyVoting
Stephanie KelemenKeller Williams RealtyVoting
Ben KellerWyatt, Tarrant & CombsVoting
John ReynoldsTraditional BankVoting
Cameron SalleeDean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLCVoting
Adrianne StrongDinsmore and Shohl, LLPVoting
Meg ThompsonAttorneyVoting
Adrian WallaceBishop & ChaseVoting
Tim WisemanStoll Keenon OgdenVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Lori Clemons
Term Start Oct 2017
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 2
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 54%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Arbor Youth Services operates a ten-bed emergency shelter for youth ages birth through seventeen. This is the only emergency shelter for youth in Central Kentucky. Services offered include emergency shelter, counseling, case management, enrichment activities, safety planning, skills development, education and employment support, transportation, and other necessary services to at-risk youth. All services focus on minimizing the trauma experienced by victimized youth and assisting youth in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to transition successfully into adulthood.
Budget 382000
Description The Outreach Drop In Center provides services for homeless and runaway youth up to age 24.  The drop in center provides a safe place for youth to receive a variety of assistance and case advocacy services. Youth are provided a place to shower, complete laundry and eat a free meal when visiting the drop in center. In addition to providing basic services youth are encouraged to accept case advocacy services which include employment and education support and housing assistance.
Budget 80000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served At-Risk Populations, People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Housing Scholarships – ESR funding provides financial support for rent, intensive case management, and housing support services to youth ages 18 through 24. Support services include skill development, counseling, financial literacy education, and parenting support. This program provides up to 6 months of services to youth who are homeless or precariously housed. 

Rapid Rehousing and Prevention – ESG funding provides financial support for intensive case management and support services to Rapid Rehousing participants ages 18 through 24. Support services include skill development, counseling, financial literacy education, and parenting support. This program provides up to 24 months of services to youth who meet the HUD definition of homeless.

Sustainable Living Initiative – AYS will operate a Sustainable Living Initiative for youth ages 18-24 that will provide permanent and transitional housing options to runaway and homeless youth. Expected to launch fall 2019.

Budget 325,350
Arbor Youth Services has operated this program for over 25 years and currently partners with various businesses across Fayette County to offer services.  This program provides youth with a Safe Place to seek assistance when in crisis. Through this program youth who may be in danger or seeking assistance for other issues may go anywhere they see a Safe Place sign and request services, owners and staff of participating businesses immediately contact our agency and youth are directly connected with trained staff that are able to assess and assist with their particular problem. 
Budget 15000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations, Homeless
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Central Kentucky Housing and Homeless Initiative2009
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $819,787.00
Projected Expenses $717,736.00
Endowment Value $10,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$502,674$543,826$177,352
Individual Contributions$98,161$82,705$23,832
Investment Income, Net of Losses$241$214--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$457,234$475,834$166,206
Administration Expense$133,591$87,046$18,696
Fundraising Expense$12,614$13,188$13,970
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.091.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$417,779$420,142--
Current Assets$250,168$239,631$369,464
Long-Term Liabilities----$184,379
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$417,779$420,142$374,309
Form 990s
2018 990
2017 Form 990
2016 990
2015 990 6.30.15
2015 990 9.30.15
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 990 2011
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 536 West Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 254-2501
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Lori Clemons
Board Chair Adrianne Strong
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP