536 West Third Street
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address 536 West Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 254-2501
Fax 859 523-2936
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 program such as the MASH Drop Inn Shelter, Outreach Drop In Center, Safe Place, or Housing Program.  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 hang out with our youth, work on our facilities, or help with administrative tasks.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement To provide safe alternatives for at-risk children, youth and families through services and referrals that offer support, meet basic needs and promote positive growth and development.
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 Program 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 several services to children and youth from infant -young adults. Our MASH Drop Inn is Central Kentucky's ONLY emergency shelter for children and youth.  The shelter provides respite for families in crisis, transitional foster care, and a Safe Place for homeless youth. Our Outreach Program and Transitional Housing Programs work with youth adults, many who have aged out of the system to find employment or return to school and find permanent housing.  Our Safe Place Program provides immediate help to youth in crisis and would not be possible without many community partners including the Lexington Public Library, Community Centers, Downtown Businesses and Lexington Fire Department.
Needs Statement
Our organization's top 5 needs include: 1) Financial support in the areas of administration and facility renovation; 2) Long term volunteers; 3) In Kind Donations of housing items, personal hygiene and clothing items; 4) Volunteers willing to assist with moving youth into transitional 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 Adrian Wallace
Company Affiliation Bishop & Chase
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Suzanne Bayes Community VolunteerVoting
Tom Holzfeind The J. Peterman Co.Voting
Mary Houlihan Community Volunteer/ TeacherVoting
Ali Johnson Al Torstrick Insurance AgencyVoting
Ben Keller Wyatt, Tarrant & CombsVoting
Brandi Marcum Dean, Dorton Allen & FordVoting
Meg Phillips Thompson AttorneyVoting
Beau Revlett University of KentuckyVoting
John Reynolds Traditional BankVoting
Adrianne Strong Dinsmore and Shohl, LLPVoting
Adrian Wallace Bishop & ChaseVoting
David Winfrey American Founders BankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
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 June 2009
Co-CEO Falon Curtis
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 6
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 54%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
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 Annually
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. MASH Drop Inn 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
Population Served , ,
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,
Description The Rapid Rehousing Program, a collaborative program with Adult and Tenant Services, provides subsidized housing and supportive services for 18-24 year old youth, while assisting them in developing the skills necessary to live independently. Services offered include rent subsidies, counseling, case management, parenting support, youth development activities, social and life skills development and money management classes. In addition, referrals and ongoing support are provided to assist participants in meeting their educational and career goals.  AYS’s housing program assists youth in immediately accessing safety from the streets or other unsafe situations. Once in the program, staff assist participants in gaining employment or enrolling in school while also developing the skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. AYS collaborates with other agencies and programs as needed to assist participants in reaching their goals. AYS refers youth to job training programs, financial literacy classes, GED classes, and volunteer opportunities offered in the community.
Budget 29000
Population Served , ,
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? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2009
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
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, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $555,045.00
Projected Expenses $540,045.00
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$543,826$177,352$401,488
Individual Contributions$82,705$23,832$186,017
Investment Income, Net of Losses$214--$136
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events----$0
Revenue In-Kind----$8,541
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$475,834$166,206$565,980
Administration Expense$87,046$18,696$52,985
Fundraising Expense$13,188$13,970$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.010.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%7%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$420,142--$324,535
Current Assets$239,631$369,464$156,591
Long-Term Liabilities--$184,379$0
Current Liabilities----$2,250
Total Net Assets$420,142$374,309$322,285
Form 990s
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
Audit Documents
2016 Audit
2015 Audit
2013 Audit
2012 Annual Audit
2011 Audited Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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 Adrian Wallace
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bishop & Chase