PO Box 6
Lexington KY 40588
Contact Information
Address PO Box 6
Lexington, KY 40588
Phone (859) 252-4673
Fax 859 255-0749
Contact Name Carrie Thayer
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1986
Former Names
Lexington Horizon Programs, Inc.
Community Kitchen/Horizon Center, Inc.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations are accepted over the phone at (859) 225-4673, or can be mailed to the address listed. For in-kind donations and volunteering, please call (859) 225-4673.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement To care for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services that are comprehensive and address underlying causes.
Background Statement

During the 1980s, as affordable housing units disappeared and poverty expanded, the problem of homelessness grew, nationally and locally, to the point that it could no longer be ignored. In Lexington, the Urban County Government formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness, chaired by Debra Hensley. The task force studied the problem and issued its report in October, 1990. In this report, “By and For the Community,” the task force called for the establishment of a 24-hour comprehensive service facility with the overriding philosophy of providing services to all who need them.

The report stated that needs must be met on a variety of levels – beginning with the provision of safe and accessible shelter. The report further recognized the need for services that encourage movement out of shelter dependency.
The Emergency Shelter at 360 West Loudon Avenue, built and owned by the Urban County Government, is operated by the Hope Center and has the primary responsibility for dealing with the adult male homeless population in Lexington. The building opened in June, 1993.

 As the task force report indicated, there is more to dealing with the homeless than simply providing food and shelter. Over time, the number of poor people in this country has grown. At the same time the number of affordable housing units has declined. That means that the competition to get into these housing units has become much harder. Those who lose out in that competition tend to be those who have the most difficulty competing. These include people with addictions and those with mental health issues.

For these reasons, the Hope Center has sought to address the multiple issues affecting the homeless population. Since 1993 it has developed a variety of programs to do just that. Programs include Employment, Social Services, Mental Health, Recovery for Men and Women, Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing, Veterans' Services, our Health Clinic, Street Outreach, and the HopeMobile.

The Hope Center provides emergency shelter, food and clothing to homeless people, but it is much more than just a shelter. It is a multi-location, comprehensive social service agency delivering a variety of programs to help people get off the street and stay off the street.

Since the Emergency Shelter opened in 1993, the Hope Center has built and opened the Ball-Quantrell Jones Center for Women, Hill Rise Place, the George Privett Recovery Center, the Barbara Hardwick Rouse House and in late 2011 the Don and Cathy Jacobs House and the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria. Construction on a new 48-unit permanent housing building on Loudon Avenue will be complete in May 2019. 

Impact Statement

The Hope Center fights homelessness on a number of fronts. It focuses on the root causes of individual homelessness, whether they are found in addiction, mental illness, lack of skills or some other cause, including the need to connect with the appropriate resources. Each night, over 800 people find a place to sleep at a facility under the direction and management of the Hope Center.

The Hope Center lives its mission by providing:
- Food, clothing, and shelter for the homeless 
- Recovery services for those battling addiction
- Health services for those who are sick
- Diagnosis and treatment for those who are mentally ill
- Employment services for those who can work
- Transitional Housing for those on their way back
- Safe, affordable permanent housing for those who need it
- Street outreach for those who have not visited the Hope Center

Needs Statement
It takes lots of resources to serve the homeless population in our community. Our needs include:
- Financial contributions: financial contributions of any amount are always welcome and critical for our operations. Donations can be mailed, made over the phone at 859 225 4673, or made online at hopectr.org. We welcome program designations for donations as well. 
- Basic needs donations: new or gently used men's and women's clothing, travel-sized toiletries, disposable razors, twin-sized sheets and blankets, towels and washcloths, new men's and women's socks and underwear, over-the-counter medicines (alcohol-free), shower shoes/flip-flops, feminine hygiene products, bus passes, stamps. See our website for more specific items.
- Food: The Jacobs Hope Cafeteria provides over 38,000 meals per month to our homeless clients. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days per year, and we rely on the generosity of donors to help offset the cost of food. Donating food is a great way to help rebuild lives here in our community. Food donations may be dropped off at the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria, located at 299 W. Loudon Avenue. Our mobile outreach program, the HopeMobile, distributes 100-150 brown bag lunches each day to the downtown Lexington homeless. We rely on volunteers to prepare sandwiches and lunches for our HopeMobile. Sandwiches can be dropped off at the Emergency Shelter, located at 360 W. Loudon Avenue.
-  Volunteers: serve a meal, teach a LifeSkills class, host a needs drive, or help with an event! Volunteers show our clients that the community cares, and help us keep costs down. hopectr.org/volunteer
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Thanks to a supportive community, experienced and caring staff, and exceptional leadership, the Hope Center is able to meet the changing challenges of homelessness in Kentucky. In the end, it’s not enough to be concerned about the plight of the homeless. What’s critical is doing something – something lasting – about each individual homeless client we serve.

Board Chair Statement The most satisfying thing about working with and being committed to the Hope Center is that it goes about helping the homeless in so many different ways. The homeless are as different and varied as everyone else. One approach will never do much good, and simple food and shelter are never enough. Each homeless person has a unique story and a unique set of challenges. The Hope Center listens to those stories and identifies those challenges, and then it sets about helping each individual in the way that individual needs to be helped. In the end, what really inspires me is me is how many Hope Center clients end up appropriately housed and living self-sufficient lives.

- Don Ball

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Homeless Services/Centers
Tertiary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
The Hope Center is located in Fayette County, but Hope Center clients come from all over Kentucky and from areas across the country.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Cathy Jacobs
Company Affiliation n/a
Term Jan 2019 to
Board Members
Mrs. Linda BallCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Gail BennettWUKYVoting
Mr. Patrick BrewerLexmarkVoting
Mr. Bill BridgesQuantrell Cadillac, Inc.Voting
Mr. Ron BrownKeystone Financial GroupVoting
Mr. Chris FordLFUCGExofficio
Mr. Rufus FridayLexington Herald-LeaderVoting
Mr. Matt GalbraithPNC BankVoting
Mr. John GohmannPNCVoting
Mr. Ray HattonUPS
Dr. Janie HeathUK College of NursingExofficio
Mr. Mark HendersonBreeding Henderson & Hord, PLLCVoting
Mr. Louis Hillenmeyer IIILouis' Flower Power ShopsVoting
Mr. Barry HolmesLexington Housing AuthorityExofficio
Mrs. Cathy JacobsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Brendan JacobsonNetGain Technologies
Ms. Connie JoinerInsight Media AdvertisingVoting
Mr. Steve KellyCentral BankVoting
Mr. John McCartyLexington Capital AdvisorsVoting
Mr. Tim MeltonKentucky UtilitiesVoting
Dr. George Privett Jr., M.D.Lexinton Diagnostic & OPEN MRIVoting
Ma. Bridgett RiceCommunity Action Council
Ms. Erin Rooksbluegrass.orgExofficio
Mr. Bill RouseRouse CompaniesVoting
Mr. Solomon "Solly" Van Meter JD, MBACommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Solomon "Solly" Van Meter JD, MBAN/A
Mr. George WallaceBB&TVoting
Mr. Jeff ZingerWealth South Bank & TrustVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 34
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 30
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 32%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 16%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Connie Joiner
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Cecil F. Dunn
Term Start Oct 1995
Email cdunn@hopectr.org

Cecil Dunn has served as Executive Director of the Hope Center since October 9, 1995. Mr. Dunn attended Florida State University and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is a practicing attorney with years of experience in real estate matters including low-cost housing efforts across the state of Kentucky. He was formerly General Legal Counsel and is currently Special Legal Council for Kentucky Housing Corporation. He has served as an Assistant County Attorney, Criminal Court Trial Commissioner and as a special prosecutor for the state regarding the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. He currently serves as chairman of the State Board of Tax Appeals Kentucky. He received a master’s degree in theology from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1994 and is close to completing a master of divinity degree.

At the Hope Center, Mr. Dunn, with the assistance of a dedicated board and a highly professional staff, has erased the serious financial shortfall he inherited, has increased staff standards and morale and has initiated new procedures and programs to help the homeless get off the street and begin responsible, self-sufficient lives. Among these initiatives is a highly successful recovery program for alcoholics and drug addicts begun in August 1996. This program led to the creation of Recovery Kentucky, a network of 15 long-term recovery facilities, modeled on the Hope Center program.

Mr. Dunn received the Kentucky Housing Corporation Excellence in Housing Award in 1996; the Lexington Optimist Community Service Award in 1997; and the Fayette County Bar Association Henry Duncan Award, also in 1997. His many civic activities include two years as the co-chair of Habitat for Humanity's Blitz Program. He has served on the board of Sayre School including a period as vice chair. He has served on and chaired the boards of the Bluegrass Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board, Inc., Downtown Lexington Corporation, Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission, and Lexington Center Corporation.

Full Time Staff 77
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 1200
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 99%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 23
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 62
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 50
Female 35
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Administrative Deputy Director and Recovery Program for Women Director
Title Finance Director
Title Director of Plant Operations
Title Human Resources Manager
Title Recovery Program for Women Assistant Director and Director of Detention Center Recovery Program
Title Director of Special Projects
Title Director of Programs
Title Director of Development
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 emergency shelter is an adult male facility that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each month on average the shelter provides more than 6,000 nights of lodging and 13,000 meals.


Many volunteers help serve the meals, and clients also participate in work crews in the kitchen.


Budget 1060000
Category Human Services, General/Other Respite Care
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Males
Program Short Term Success
The emergency shelter serves its function by taking in adult males every day of the year and providing them respite from homelessness.  The numbers vary, but typically the emergency shelter sleeps 180 to 220 each night.  At times, more than 250 have been accommodated.
Program Long term Success
While other Hope Center programs are geared to long-term solutions for individual homeless persons, the emergency shelter is primarily directed to provide food, shelter and clothing day by day.
Program Success Monitored By
By its nature, the emergency shelter demonstrates success by accommodating all those who sheek respite there.  The emergency shelter has never turned away a homeless man for lack of capacity.
Examples of Program Success
Since its opening in 1993, the emergency shelter has remained open every day of every year.  In that time it has provided over one million nights of lodging for those seeking refuge.

Recovery Program for Men

Since 1996, the Hope Center has operated a highly successful residential recovery program by providing a long-term recovery approach that is peer-driven and professionally supervised. It typically takes around six months to complete although clients also stay for longer periods. It teaches the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Recovery Dynamics curriculum in a community atmosphere that emphasizes both personal responsibility and mutual accountability. The men's program includes a licensed, nonmedical detoxification unit.
In 2008, the men's recovery program moved into the George Privett Recovery Center on West Loudon Avenue. 
Budget 1698000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short Term Success
Even before completing the recovery program, clients report improved life circumstances.  While 70% report extreme stress before beginning the program, after six months 84% report no stress at all.  Similarly, 79 % indicate they were experiencing emothional problems before joining the program.  Six months later 88% report no emotional problems.  Clients also describe fewer experiences of depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment and violent behavior.
Program Long term Success
Follow-up surveys show that about 60% of those clients who complete the program report no incidents of relapse one year after completion.  Even among the group reporting at least one incident of relapse, the large majority continue to work on their recovery by doing things such as attending meetings and having a sponsor. 
Among all completers, whether or not they have had an incident of relapse, 88% report attending an average of four AA or NA meetings a week, and over 95% report that they are appropriately housed.  In other words, they are no longer homeless.
Because of the success of the recovery program at the Hope Center, it has been used as a model for Recovery Kentucky, a series of recovery centers across Kentucky.  Ten of these centers are open, and more are planned.
Program Success Monitored By
Program success has been monitored by the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.  The Hope Center itself has conducted extensive surveys of current clients and completers in order to compile information reflecting on the success of the program.
Examples of Program Success "I was tired of doing jail time. I wanted something different in my life. I searched for a place and found one, the women’s recovery program at the Hope Center.

"Even though it was humbling to come here, I found out there was something else for me to do besides pick up a drink. I became accountable. I am learning who I am by tearing down those walls that I built over many years. 

"Today I have a wonderful sponsor whom I call daily. I have a home group. I work the twelve steps, and I apply them to my life. I am as honest as I can be with everything. I have found my Higher Power. 

"I just recently celebrated two years of continuous sobriety, and I have never been so happy. Now I know what it means to walk with a purpose. My purpose is to live happy, joyous and free. I have been freed from bondage.

"If I could have one wish, it is that every alcoholic could have this great serenity that I am experiencing today – and that is what I have. I have it today."


Hope Center mental health professionals reach out to those who are homeless because of chronic mental illness and give them access to the comprehensive psychological care that they desperately need. Dedicated staff members offer a diverse mix of rehabilitation services that provide each client with effective treatment options tailored to meet his individual needs. Clients receive the services of a psychiatrist and a psychiatric nurse from Bluegrass Comprehensive Care.


The mental health team not only helps clients secure permanent housing but also provides ongoing support, including payee services and counseling, to help ensure their success in the long run.



Budget 250000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Disorders
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Adults
Program Short Term Success
In the short term, getting a mentally ill client off the street and into the shelter can be a life-saving and, ultimately, life-changing development.  With diagnosis and treatment, the mental health program client can begin the process of learning some degree of self-suifficiency in a safe, supportive environment.  The mental health program delivers more than 26,000 services annually.
Program Long term Success Approximately one quarter of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness. In this program, mental health professionals engage the chronically mentally ill among the homeless, stabilize them, house them and mainstream them back into society as much as possible. The team provides a wide variety of services, including: psychiatric assessment and evaluation; medication assistance and monitoring; case management services; life skills training; housing support services; payee services; service referrals; and transportation assistance.

Long-term success is a matter of helping each client reach his potential for self-sufficient living.  Each individual is different, and some need more assistance than others in order to live largely their own. The effort can involve months of work, even years in some cases.

Program Success Monitored By
Mental health team members make monthly statistical reports that are monitored by the director of programs.
Examples of Program Success Larry, a paranoid schizophrenic, had a hard time remaining compliant with his medications. For years he cycled through sequences where he would show up psychotic, get on his medications and leave town only to return once again noncompliant. At these times he was virtually a walking hallucination.

Then Larry entered the mental health program. He gradually learned to remain compliant and avoid his disastrous road trips. He gained life skills. He attended group meetings that helped him solidify these lessons. 

Three years after entering the program, Larry moved into his own apartment. The program staff continued to provide support, host group meetings with him and help him make his appointments. They arranged for job training and assistance. Two years after moving out of the shelter, Larry got a job at a Lexington thrift store. He learned to get himself to meetings and appointments and to work without assistance. It was a long road, but Larry walked it.



The employment program provides assistance in training and employment by offering  employment training opportunities, transportation to interviews and orientations, resume and referral assistance, assistance with off-site housing, higher education information and access to a computer, phone and fax.

Transitional Housing

The program provides semi-private rooms that are used by clients who are participating in the employment program. Many of them are clients who have completed the recovery program.

Clients prepare themselves for life outside the shelter. They save money for deposits, work on life skills and begin the process of finding a suitable place to live.

Day Labor
The emplyment priogram also offers a day labor program that helps male clients connect with local employers in need of casual labor. It operates in front of the Loudon Avenue facility beginning at 6:00 a.m. on weekdays in the summer, 7:00 in the winter.


Budget 144000
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Adults
Program Short Term Success
In the short term, clients are housed and fed while preparing themselves for employment and living on their own.  Each year the program delivers more than 2,500 services to clients.  The day labor portion places more than 200 men in temporary jobs.
Program Long term Success
Reliable employment is one critical key to self-sufficienct living. Clients who are ready to seek employment (for example, those who have completed the recovery program) get access to job training and other employment services.  By living in the transitional housing sector of the emergency shelter, they are able to have a secure living arrangement while they learn and earn.  When they leave to move to housing in the community, they have a job, life skills and enough assets accumulated to meet the need for security deposits and other start-up costs.  This greatly enhances their chances for success at independent living.
Program Success Monitored By
The work of the employment and tranisitional housing team is monitored by the director of programs.
Examples of Program Success
"I spent years living on the streets, living here and there, no direction, nowhere to go.  I had never worked.  I dropped out of middle school when my parents divorced.  Neither one wanted to worry about me.  When I tried to interview for a job, it was always a total flop.  I had no idea what to do or how to do it.
"The Hope Center helped me find my way.  They helped me straighten out my life.  They got me in touch with people who could help me prepare myself.
"They let me live in transition.  Finally, I got a job.  You might think it's not much of a job.  I think it's God's gift.  I worked, lived at the Hope Center, saved money.  The Hope Center helped me find an apartment I could afford.
"That's where I live now.  Not on the street, not under a bridge, not in a shelter.  In an apartment that I pay for.  It's something I hadn't had since my folks broke up.  It's a home."
HealthFirst Bluegrass staffs a free health clinic at the men's emergency shelter.  The clinic provides both treatment and education for homeless and at-risk patients.
The clinic is funded by a federal Healthcare for the Homeless grant administered by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. 
Budget 32000
Category Health Care, General/Other Ambulatory & Primary Health Care
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Adults
Program Short Term Success
In a year's time, the Health Clinic typically handles more than 7,000 clinic visits and delivers more than 15,000 services.
Program Long term Success
Homeless individuals are prone to develop serious health issues compounded by years of neglect and lack of access to health care.  These frequently are problems that create an impediment to self-sufficiency.  By addressing these issues, the Gordon Hyde Hope Health Clinic makes it possible for many clients to move beyond their health problems and consider what they can do to keep themselves off the streets.
Program Success Monitored By
The health clinic is monitored and staffed by HealthFirst Bluegrass, a division of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Examples of Program Success On completing her employment here, a Nurse Practitioner from the U.K. College of Nursing wrote: "This has been an incredible experience for me, a learning experience.  I learned that these men and women are the most honest, sincere people I have ever met - they are what they are and rarely do they try to hide it, deny it or make excuses for it.  They don't choose homelessness or to be alcoholics or addicts. They have an illness. Many have multiple illnesses that they battle every day of their lives. With the help of the Hope Center, many succeed in dealing with their illness. 

"It is hard to put into words what this place means to me.  I feel blessed and honored to have had this experience for the past 5 years.  I wish everyone could see and feel what I have so that they could understand the trials and tribulations these people face on a daily basis.  I have been and will continue to be proud when I tell others that I spent five years working with the homeless at the Hope Center."

A bilingual coordinator helps Spanish-speaking Hope Center clients overcome the language barrier and provides a wide variety of services including: help finding full- and part-time employment and appropriate social services; assistance with immigration issues; referral to other community resources; general counseling regarding social, legal and cultural challenges; and classes in English as a second language. 
Budget 48000
Category Human Services, General/Other Information & Referral
Population Served Homeless, Hispanic, Latino Heritage, Adults
Program Short Term Success
One helpful piece of assistance in the short term for the Spanish-speaking client is the day labor program.  The bilingual staff member assists the employer and the client as they make arrangements for the client to provide casual labor to meet the employer's needs.  The program delivers more than 2,800 services annually.
Program Long term Success
For the homeless individual hampered by language difficulties, often the most important thing to offer is guidance that the individual can understand.  The bilingual Hispanic program does just that for Spanish-speaking clients.  Once these individuals are given the information they need and connected with the resources that can assist them, they are on their way to being able to take care of themselves.
Program Success Monitored By
The Hispanic program is monitored by the director of programs. 
Examples of Program Success The Hispanic program addresses human need. There are stories of great hardship. There are also stories of great courage. In many cases, these are people who have traveled thousands of miles simply for the opportunity to work hard and support their families. They suffer the loneliness of being separated from their loved ones and their culture. They endure prejudice, and yet they persevere.

The Hope Center is a place where lessons are constantly taught about the human spirit and its ability to endure. Sometimes those lessons are taught in English. Sometimes they’re taught in Spanish.

The mobile outreach team serves homeless and marginally-housed people from the streets of Lexington.  The team includes a nurse and two case managers.  It operates from a custom motor home (known as the HopeMobile) that is stationed at a different downtown church each weekday.  The team assists with basic needs and provides referrals for a wide variety of services.
Budget 110000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short Term Success
The mobile outreach team meets immediate needs in many ways, by distributing food, blankets, warm clothing and other material that help provide respite.  Annually the team receives nearly 5,000 requests for services, delivers more than 8,000 services and distributes more than 60,000 food units.
Program Long term Success
Many homeless individuals resist shelter settings.  The mobile outreach team interacts with these individuals, providing them services directly and connecting them with other agencies that provide assistance.
The team also serves people who are marginally housed, many of them at risk of losing what housing they have.  By providing these people with services and connecting them to resources, the team helps prevent people from becoming homeless.
Program Success Monitored By
The mobile outreach team is monitored by the director of programs.
Examples of Program Success
In a typical month, the mobile outreach team will see about 500 persons requesting services.  Over the course of a year, the team will distribute approximately 70,000 food items.

Since 2002 the Hope Center has operated an intensive recovery program for inmates inside the Fayette County Detention Center.  The program lasts for a minimum of four months in the facility and ensures that each inmate in the program has established contacts with recovery resources in the community upon release.  When released from custody, program participants often come to one of the Hope Center's recovery facilities for further work on their recovery.  The recovery program in the detention center is fully funded by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. 

Budget 168000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Offenders/Ex-Offenders, At-Risk Populations
Program Short Term Success
Please refer to this entry under the section on the men's and women's recovery programs.
Program Long term Success
The detention center recovery program draws most of its principles from the Hope Center's men's and women's recovery programs at the Ball-Quantrell Jones Center for Women and the George Privett Recovery Center.  To the extent that inmates come to one of those facilities on release, the programs are part of the same continuum.  Many of the comments on long-term implications to be found in the section on those programs apply here as well.
It is also important to note that information from the detention center indicates that approximately 80% of inmates are incarcerated for reasons related directly or indirectly to substance abuse.  Any credible attempt to reduce repeat offenses must include a component that deals with the underlying factors of addiction and alcoholism.
Program Success Monitored By
Please refer to this entry under the section on the men's and women's recovery programs.
Examples of Program Success "I’ve been in a lot of jails because I didn’t want to change. In this jail, I found people, not just officers. That convinced me, I have to change. Because if I keep making the same mistakes, I’ll keep getting the same results."       
Staffed by a licensed counselor, the program assists clients with housing, health care, transportation, finances, nutrition, therapeutic counseling and outreach services.
It might be something as simple as a bus ticket or as complex as claiming Social Security of veterans' benefits.  It might mean working with a landlord to negotiate a security deposit, or it might mean linking the client to another agency that can help.
Team members ar flexible and innovative.  They find ways to help clients find their own way.
Budget 44000
Category Human Services, General/Other Respite Care
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Adults
Program Short Term Success
Many times, a homeless client is a person who is normally capable of self-sufficiency but has had a run of difficulties that resulted in a need for respite.  Helping that individual overcome those temporary difficulties is often all that is needed.  Each year the social services team delivers more than 6,000 services and distributes nearly $5,000 in direct financial assistance.
Program Long term Success
By its nature, the social services program concentrates on immediate, short-term needs.  However, meeting those needs in the short term often means avoiding greater needs and difficulties in the long term.
Program Success Monitored By
The social services program is monitored by the director of programs.
Examples of Program Success
“Julian” was 76 when he arrived at the Hope Center one November. A native of Hungary, he had lived in Ontario for many years on a modest pension. He prefers Florida winters, and so, having little in the way of means, he rides his bicycle south every year. He met with a hit-and-run accident while riding through Somerset. He suffered some serious injuries and was taken to the university hospital. With no place to go on discharge, he came to the Hope Center and became a client of the social services program. Julian was assigned a medical bed so he could convalesce. By March, he had recovered and had repaired his bicycle. He returned to Ontario and wrote back:
"I would like to thank you and your staff for the care, consideration and warm felt welcome that surrounded me every day. I will be forever grateful for your friendship, the memories and your kindness."
On his next trip to Florida, Julian and his bicycle stopped by the Hope Center and spent the night.
Hill Rise Place provides drug- and alcohol-free, recovery-oriented affordable permanent housing for men, most of whom are graduates of the Hope Center's own recovery program. The facility, opened in 2001, has a number of amenities, including a community room for AA and NA meetings, a community kitchen, coin laundry facilities and an active tenant council.
The Barbara Hardwick Rouse House provides affordable permanent housing for women in recovery with the same approach and amenities as those provided for men at Hill Rise Place.  It was dedicated in November, 2010.
Budget 428000
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Homeless, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Adults
Program Short Term Success
The first move out of the recovery center back towards society can be daunting.  Moving back to the same environment that fostered the self-destructive behavior in the first place can be risky.  These apartment buildings provide a safe and secure place to go.
Program Long term Success
Permanent housing of this nature - affordable, free of drugs and alcohol, supportive of sobriety - has proven to have a dedicated and enthusastic market.  Clients in recovery find a place where they can live, where they can afford to live and where they can protect and strengthen their sobriety.  The units stay occupied.
Program Success Monitored By
The buildings are managed by a professional company.  They are also subject to regulation by low-income housing authorities.
Examples of Program Success
"When I left the Privett Center, I needed a place to go, someplace I could afford.  There were places like that back where I came from, but back where I came from was where I got in trouble in the first place.  The people I knew and ran with there were still there, still running.
"Hill Rise Place was the thing I needed.  I have a place of my own.  I have friends who are just like me, living one day at a time without drinking or drugging.  We have meetings in the living room.  It couldn't be a better place for me."
Description Recovery Program for Women

The recovery program for women opened in 2002 at theBall-QuantrellJonesCenterfor Women onVersailles Road.  It is based on the same peer-driven, professionally supervised model as the men’s program. It features several gender-specific elements and includes a health clinic.

Budget 968000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short Term Success  Even before completing the recovery program, clients report improved life circumstances.  While 70% report extreme stress before beginning the program, after six months 84% report no stress at all.  Similarly, 79 % indicate they were experiencing emothional problems before joining the program.  Six months later 88% report no emotional problems.  Clients also describe fewer experiences of depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment and violent behavior.
Program Long term Success  Follow-up surveys show that about 60% of those clients who complete the program report no incidents of relapse one year after completion.  Even among the group reporting at least one incident of relapse, the large majority continue to work on their recovery by doing things such as attending meetings and having a sponsor. 

Among all completers, whether or not they have had an incident of relapse, 88% report attending an average of four AA or NA meetings a week, and over 95% report that they are appropriately housed.  In other words, they are no longer homeless.

Because of the success of the recovery program at theHopeCenter, it has been used as a model for RecoveryKentucky, a series of recovery centers acrossKentucky.  Ten of these centers are open, and more are planned.

Program Success Monitored By Program success has been monitored by the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.  TheHopeCenteritself has conducted extensive surveys of current clients and completers in order to compile information reflecting on the success of the program.
Examples of Program Success  “I felt like I didn’t have hope for a change in my daughter. We had to ask her to leave.  My whole life I’ve been involved in church. I questioned how God would let something happen to my daughter like this. I prayed so hard. We brought her to theHopeCenter, and we pulled into the drive out front. The first thing I saw was the word Hope on the front of the building. When I saw that, I looked at my husband and said, ‘Maybe there is Hope.’”


“Now, I think she’s really excited about her new life, after she left theHopeCenter. I was a little concerned about her going to an apartment and being by herself. It was the first time she had lived on her own. I have to say she talks a different language after being here. I can’t really describe it, except I hear something different in her voice. This has been a good place for her. This has been a good place. It’s been a good place for my daughter. I’m glad she came here.”

Description The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded the Hope Center a per diem grant designed to help reduce the number of veterans who are homeless and without needed services. This grant allows the Hope Center to conduct extensive outreach to veterans, as well as clinical assessments, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, employment assistance, and help accessing the benefits earned for their services in the Armed Forces. Around thirty homeless veterans are offered transitional living quarters at the Emergency Shelter. The area also provides a common living space with cooking facilities and an eating area for the clients to use and socialize in. Private showers and toilet facilities are provided, and a separate laundry area.
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, Males, Other Named Groups
Description In December 2014, the Hope Center was awarded a grant to provide housing and case management through the Housing First Pilot Project. Through this program, 20 chronically homeless people in the community are placed in permanent housing and assigned a caseworker. The program is designed to get the hard-to-house into permanent housing and to show that it is more cost-effective to move these individuals off the streets. The clients targeted by the Housing First model are frequent utilizers of emergency rooms, detention centers, and psychiatric hospitals. Our first Housing First client was moved into an apartment in March of 2015, and since then, all available openings for the program have been filled.

Description The street outreach coordinator explores the areas frequented by homeless to help encourage them to come in from the elements to our emergency shelter and cafeteria for a safe place to sleep and eat. Homeless are often discouraged and many have problems stemming from addiction or mental illness, or both. This program allows them to learn more about services offered to help, and supports them to take the next step toward getting inside.
Budget 40000
Category Housing, General/Other Homeless Shelter
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Adults, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Comments
CEO Comments
What distinguishes the Hope Center from many agencies serving the homeless is its broad range of innovative services, services designed not just to get people off the street but to give them the tools they need to stay off the street.  Each homeless person is a distinct individual with distinct challenges.  The Hope Center is committed to meeting those challenges in partnership with each individual every day.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Community Service AwardUrban League of Lexington-Fayette County2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,776,670.00
Projected Expenses $4,683,667.00
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$8,113,645$7,745,202$6,735,962
Total Expenses$6,899,879$6,975,845$6,644,827
Revenue Less Expenses$1,213,766$769,357$91,135
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$68,800$68,800$68,800
Individual Contributions$1,632,103$1,567,360$605,320
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,679$11,595$2,728
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$84,008$74,166$96,651
Revenue In-Kind$203,100--$88,800
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$6,441,017$6,501,658$6,195,120
Administration Expense$169,392$208,437$214,569
Fundraising Expense$289,470$265,750$235,138
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.111.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%93%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$14,829,472$13,819,878$12,763,109
Current Assets$4,859,811$4,553,810$4,103,265
Long-Term Liabilities$800,000$800,000$800,000
Current Liabilities--$720,321$540,497
Total Net Assets$13,569,043$12,299,557$11,422,612
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 6
Lexington, KY 40588
Primary Phone 859 252-4673
Contact Email braby@hopectr.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Cecil F. Dunn
Board Chair Ms. Cathy Jacobs
Board Chair Company Affiliation n/a