700 E. Loudon Ave
Lexington KY 40505-3814
Contact Information
Address 700 E. Loudon Ave
Lexington, KY 40505 3814
Phone (859) 252-2224
Fax 859 252-0545
Contact Name Brandalin Foster
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1987
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are countless ways to get involved with Lexington Habitat for Humanity!
Interested in volunteering? No special skills or experience expected! Please visit www.lexhabitat.org/get-involved or email volunteer@lexhabitat.org to learn more and sign up.  
Donate items to one of our Lexington Habitat ReStore locations at 451 Southland Drive or 817 Winchester Road. Call (859) 252-2224 or visit www.lexingtonrestore.com to schedule a pickup. 
Donate to help us build homes, communities and hope at www.lexhabitat.org/ways-to-give!
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope.
Background Statement Lexington Habitat’s mission to provide affordable housing differs from other housing organizations in that it’s a homeownership program. At the conclusion of a Lexington Habitat home build, families own an affordable home. Lexington Habitat is a “hand up, not a hand out” and families are partners in the process from the moment they enter the program. They perform “sweat equity” volunteer hours building their own home. This partnership continues even after families close on their homes, as their affordable mortgage payments are used by the affiliate to fund home builds in subsequent years.

Lexington Habitat builds 10-15 homes per year in Lexington, and since 1986 has helped over 450 low-income families achieve homeownership. By adding to the base of homeowners in the Lexington community, Lexington Habitat’s work additionally benefits the wider community significantly by improving whole neighborhoods, replacing vacant “eye-sore” lots with decent homes, removing vacant, dilapidated, and dangerous structures, and adding to the property tax base in the city.

Lexington Habitat accomplishes its mission because of the generosity of a multitude of groups including leading businesses, churches, a wide variety of individuals, and grant funders who share the belief in the need for affordable housing. Additionally, Lexington Habitat relies on volunteers who contribute thousands of hours of volunteer labor in service to Lexington Habitat and its partner families.

Also unique to Lexington Habitat is the two ReStore locations. The stores are open to the public and sell donated new or gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories and building supplies. Donations may be dropped off or a pick-up service is available. Additionally, the ReStore diverts reusable materials out of Lexington’s waste stream.




Impact Statement
We are grateful for the many accomplishments that our organization achieved in 2019 because of the dedicated staff, partner families, volunteers, Board, and the generosity of our supporters. Here are just a few of this year's highlights:
As of 2019, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has built, repaired or rehabilitated over 565 homes in Lexington.
We received a Best Places To Work Award for the fifth consecutive year.
We operate two Lexington Habitat ReStore locations on 451 Southland Drive and 817 Winchester Road. One way the ReStore serves the community is through latex paint recycling. We recycled the 120,000th partial gallon of paint in 2019! 
For the first time this year, Lexington Habitat took place in a national advocacy campaign. The campaign, Cost of Home, was a platform for LHFH to advocate for smart housing policy and a system that lets us bring homeownership within reach of more people. 
 In 2020, we will continue to work on improving our infrastructure and efficiency and we will continue to work toward a world where everyone has a quality, affordable place to live. 
Needs Statement
1. Financial Donations: Individual and corporate donations are critical to Lexington Habitat's ability to build, repair and rehabilitate home. Contributions may be made in honor or memory of someone and may be designated for specific projects. Visit www.lexhabitat.org/ways-to-give to donate today! 
2.In-Kind Donations: If you or your company is interested in donating services or materials such as HVAC, electric, roofing, drywall, flooring, tools, etc. please call Lexington Habitat's Construction Director at 859-252-2224.
3. ReStore Donations: Our two Lexington Habitat ReStore locations receive donations of new or gently used furniture, appliances, building materials and architectural salvage. Net proceeds from the sale of these items supports the mission of Lexington Habitat for Humanity.
4. Sponsorships: A full home sponsorship for a Lexington Habitat home is $62,000 and may be divided among many businesses and/or individuals. Other sponsorship opportunities, such as event or ReStore round-up sponsorships, are also available. 
5. Volunteers: We need volunteers year-round to assist with construction efforts, office tasks, photography, special events, working at the ReStore and more. 
6. Property: Build-able property located in Fayette County. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
We serve Fayette County, Kentucky. Additionally, for each home we build in Lexington, we tithe to support building homes in Malawi and other communities supported through the Global Mission Fund and the Orphans and Vulnerable Groups Fund. To date we have tithed over $1 million and helped serve more than 300 families internationally.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, community and hope. Some of our currently goals are...
1. Increase the number of those served in our homeownership program and critical home repair program.
2. Raise additional funds to support these efforts.
3. Increase advocacy for affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization issues.
4. Acquire build-able land in Fayette County, KY 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
1. Increase the number of those served in our homeownership program and critical home repair program: Utilize strategic partnerships, social media and other mediums to increase awareness of our programs. Focus on eliminating barriers to the creation of affordable housing by raising more funds and acquiring affordable land in Fayette County, KY. 
2. Raise additional funds to support these efforts: New External Relations Director and new Development Manager to focus on increasing individual giving.
3. Increase advocacy for affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization issues: Work with Kentucky Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to cross promote advocacy issues. Continue partnership with local urban county government, code enforcement, law enforcement and other agencies to understand the local needs and opportunities for affordable housing.
4. Acquire build-able land in Fayette County, KY: Attend local meetings regarding land use, zoning, LFUCG PlaceBuilder and more. Continue to grow our Housing Solutions Committee. 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
When Lexington Habitat says everyone should have a decent place to live, we mean everyone. In 2013 we moved beyond new construction and began serving our community with Love Your Neighborhood projects including street clean-ups which improve visibility and therefore safety as well making the streets more attractive. Home preservation projects include clean-up but also offer minor exterior repairs which improve the safety and quality of the homes. Critical home repairs are on the horizon to offer homeowners the opportunity to make needed improvements with structural issues affecting safety, health and energy efficiency.
We are able to adapt our services to serve the needs of the community through hiring and retaining highly qualified and passionate staff, engaging more than 5,000 volunteers annually, successfully utilizing mediums such as social media to engage and inform our community and creating partnerships with individuals, corporations, community organizations and federal, state and local government who share our belief that everyone should have a decent place to live.
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? Lexington Habitat follows a strategic plan created by Lexington Habitat board and staff. To ensure we are successfully achieving this plan we utilize dashboard reports that are shared with staff and board monthly. The reports include budget to actual financial reports and construction status reports. Variances are analyzed and strategies are implemented to address issues to ensure the successful completion of the strategic plan. Detailed budget analysis to ensure the annual budget is being followed includes reports by construction project called CIP’s, weekly budget review by the leadership team and monthly review by Lexington Habitat’s finance committee.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
Lexington Habitat for Humanity has built, repaired or rehabilitated over 565 homes in Lexington. LHFH has contributed $1 million in tithe to Habitat for Humanity International projects. The two Lexington Habitat ReStore locations divert over 800 tons of materials from a landfill every year.
An Affordable Housing report by an independent agency found that there are more than 15,000 Lexington residents in need of affordable housing options, and that stagnating wages and increasing housing costs have exacerbated this problem. The same study shows that, currently, some 60% of low-income families pay more than 30% of their income on housing costs, thus exceeding the accepted affordable income-housing cost ratio. These factors, combined with expected decreases in federal and state funding to meet affordable housing costs in the future, make it crucial for Lexington Habitat to continue to make progress in building and maintaining affordable housing and stronger neighborhoods and communities.
Board Chair
Board Chair Marlene Helm
Company Affiliation Consultant
Term Jan 2019 to
Board Members
Rob LawsonThrivent FinancialVoting
Janet BeardWesbancoVoting
Bishop CarterBethsaida Baptist ChurchVoting
Rachel ChildressLexington Habitat for Humanity
Jim CliftonEntrepreneurVoting
Chris CrumrineUKVoting
Laura DalzellCabinets & Designs IncVoting
Veronica Dean ThackerTransylvania UniversityVoting
Cliff EllerbrookRetiredVoting
Chris FarrisBillings Law FirmVoting
Marlene HelmConsultantVoting
Parashar JoshiCommunity VolunteerVoting
McKay MooreLRC Real EstateVoting
Brandi PeacherLFUCGVoting
Chad TusseyLexington Oriental Rugs / RelicVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 3%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2014
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Board Member Emeritus Lyle HannaHanna Resources
Board Member Emeritus Dennis Pike JrPike & Preston, AXA Advisors
CEO Comments Lexington Habitat is blessed to have an active and engaged Board of Directors. They bring a strong and diverse set of experiences and expertise which enable them to support our mission. They have a deep understanding of our mission and freely give their time, talents and resources.  
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Rachel Smith Childress
Term Start Nov 2007
Email rachelc@lexhabitat.org
Experience Lexington Habitat for Humanity * CEO, 11/07-present * Associate Executive Director, 10/06[1]-11/07 Lexington Theological Seminary * Registrar & Director of Student Services, 1/96 - 7/06 * Interim Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, 11/01 - 7/05 SCT Government Systems/Mentor Information Systems * Product Marketing Manager, 5/94 - 1/96 * Administration Manager, 1/91 - 5/94 * Administrative Support Manager, 3/89 - 1/91 Commonwealth of Kentucky Department for Military Affairs, Division of Disaster and Emergency Services * Director of Support Services, 9/88 - 3/89 * Disaster Assistance Coordinator, 5/84 - 9/88; Outstanding Employee, 1987 Cabinet for Human Resources, Department for Social Insurance * Food Stamp Program Automation Team, 11/82 - 5/84; Employee of the Year, 1983 * Procedures Development Specialist, 8/81 - 11/82; Employee of the Month, 11/82 * Food Stamp Program State Outreach Coordinator, 11/79 - 8/81 * Eligibility Worker, 6/78 - 11/79 Fayette County Adult Education * Sign Language Instructor (part-time), 9/81 - 11/82 Zondervan Family Bookstore * Clerk, 6/76 - 9/78 Burger King * Food Handler, 5/74 - 8/75 Education * M.A., Lexington Theological Seminary, May 1994, Final Project: In the Marketplace: A Review of Christian Ethics in Business; (12 additional hours post-graduate work also completed) * B.A., Sociology, University of Kentucky, May 1978, Dean's List, Honors Program, Honors in Sociology, magna cum laude Other Memberships: * Central Baptist Church: Moderator, Deacon (Chair), Choir, Personnel Committee (Chair), Sunday School Teacher/Director, Missions (Chair), Worship (Chair), By-Laws (Chair), Long-Range Planning, Pastor Search Committee (Chair), Interim Preaching Team * Baptist Women in Ministry * American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers * Kentucky Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers * Association for Theological Schools Registrars and Admissions Officers * Association for Theological Schools Student Personnel Administrators Network; workshop panelist, 2005 * Kentucky Association for Higher Education and Disabilities; conference planning committee, 2002 * Collegiate Personnel Administrators of Kentucky Specialized Training * Emergency Preparedness * Kentucky State Government Career Management for Supervisors * Management Skills: Discipline/Evaluation, Difficult People, Communication, Stress Management, Time Management, Quality Enhancement, Product Management, Team Building, Accounting
Full Time Staff 42
Part Time Staff 26
Volunteers 1000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 73%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 61
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 47
Female 21
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mr. Grant Phelps2001 - 2007
Mrs. MaryJo Votruba1998 - 2001
Senior Staff
Title Family Services Director
Title Finance and Administration Director
Title Love Your Neighborhood Manager
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
To be eligible to become a Lexington Habitat for Humanity Partner Family, one must demonstrate a substantial need for housing, ability to pay, and a willingness to partner. To see a full list of qualifications, visit www.lexhabitat.org/services/homeownership
Lexington Habitat does not discriminate because of age, race, religion, sex, handicap status, veteran status, marital status, or national origin. It takes approximately 12-18 months from the time a selected family applies to the time they move into their Habitat home.
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served General/Unspecified, Families, US& International
Program Short Term Success
Our short-term goal is to provide quality, affordable housing to families of low-income. In addition, it is also our goal to provide a positive experience for all the partner families that enter our program.
Program Long term Success
The ultimate success would be a lack of need for affordable housing in our community. It is our goal to serve those of low-income in need of affordable housing and reach 100% served.
Program Success Monitored By
Our programs success is tracked through surveys, notes, and follow-up interviews.
Examples of Program Success
One tangible example that exemplifies the beauty and purpose of our organization is the story of Jackie Boone. Lexington Habitat for Humanity was only the beginning for Jackie Boone. A recovered drug addict who overcome major obstacles and became a homeowner, “Everybody calls me a crybaby, but I cry every time I think about how much my life has changed,” she said. “The people at Habitat believed in me, so I can’t help but believe in myself. I thank God for them.”

Pink roses dot the landscaping in front of Jackie Boone’s Habitat house. From the first nail to the finishing touches, Jackie had Lexington Habitat staff, volunteers and donors by her side helping her gain the skills and confidence she needed to become a first time homeowner. It was important to Jackie to have a home for her grandchildren. Since becoming a homeowner in 2008, Jackie has been promoted to team leader at her job and she has maintained spotless credit. She learned the importance of financial management during Lexington Habitat homeownership classes. She is a shining example of Habitat’s emphasis on homeowner education paving the way for successful homeownership.  

On any given day sweat, tears, and joy are all around us. In the Construction Department, a first wall is going up in a home for all in the community to see. In the office, development staff are soliciting donations, family services is taking calls for those who need a home and providing them with excitement about their future. On any given day, a family is turning the key to more than a door, but a new life that exceeds all their dreams. What we do is more than just providing a house for someone, it is providing a new way of living that spreads throughout a community and in turn takes an area from hopelessness and despair to vibrancy and joy.
Description In 2015 Lexington Habitat launched Love Your Neighborhood—Critical Home Repair & Home Preservation. This program helps low-income homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy and affordable home. Critical Home Repair is part of a Habitat for Humanity nation-wide effort to serve homeowners who are affected by age, disability or family circumstances and struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes. Through extensive interior or exterior work, critical health, life and/or safety and affordability issues are alleviated.
Lexington Habitat's Love Your Neighborhood program requires an affordable payment from the homeowner for a small portion of the repair costs. The program focuses on both exterior and interior home repair services such as roof repairs and replacement, wall repairs, floor systems, weatherization, electrical, plumbing and HVAC, and handicap accessibility issues.
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Comments
CEO Comments One of my assignments while studying at Lexington Theological Seminary many years ago was to write an essay on how I understood the term “Gospel” (good news). For me the message is clear and unequivocal: we are to love God and love each other. It is that simple. It is that difficult. The letter to the Galatians says it like this: “For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. . . . Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill that law.”
Decent housing is a burden for thousands in our community and millions around the world. One of the things we have learned in over 30 years of ministry is that a decent place to live includes more than the structures we inhabit. A decent place to live includes the street, neighborhood and community as a whole. The burden of housing is tied to other burdens: health, financial ability to support family and community, safety, educational success, relationships, satisfaction with life, happiness . . . hope.
While decent, affordable housing is at the center of our mission, our vision that everyone has a decent place to live led us to recognize these other factors. We are proud of our history of offering homeownership to more than 450 families. We are proud of our vision, expanding into new ways to serve more families and our community as a whole. The Love Your Neighborhood projects are the essence of this expansion. These projects include street clean-ups which improve safety and make the streets more attractive. Home repair projects offer minor exterior repairs which improve the safety and quality of homes; critical home repairs offer homeowners the opportunity to make needed improvements with structural issues affecting safety, health and energy efficiency.
While proud and grateful for these and other accomplishments, we know there is more to be done.


Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2016
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/Chapter1987
Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace FlexibilityUK Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) and the When Work Works National2010
Best Places to WorkKentucky Chamber of Commerce2016
Best Places to WorkKentucky Chamber of Commerce2017
Best Places to WorkKentucky Chamber of Commerce2018
Best Places to WorkKentucky Chamber of Commerce2015
Best Places to WorkKentucky Chamber of Commerce2019
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $5,372,855.00
Projected Expenses $5,525,957.00
Endowment Value $1,081,065.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
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$4,816,420$4,328,756$4,504,077
Total Expenses$4,711,097$4,409,383$4,127,516
Revenue Less Expenses$105,323($80,627)$376,561
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$80,000$0$431,631
Individual Contributions$1,426,134$1,242,892$1,200,769
Investment Income, Net of Losses$21,971$18,799$19,575
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$83,640$119,363$88,100
Revenue In-Kind$101,989--$54,515
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$4,109,998$3,897,676$3,594,472
Administration Expense$148,675$129,346$131,647
Fundraising Expense$452,424$381,361$401,397
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.981.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%88%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$8,733,094$8,490,338$8,479,460
Current Assets$5,491,905$5,670,120$5,638,739
Long-Term Liabilities$1,258,156$1,334,389$1,282,612
Current Liabilities$798,125$615,138$530,928
Total Net Assets$6,676,813$6,540,811$6,665,920
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments Organization changed fiscal years during the last three years from calendar year to fiscal year ending June 30th.
Address 700 E. Loudon Ave
Lexington, KY 405053814
Primary Phone 859 252-2224
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Smith Childress
Board Chair Marlene Helm
Board Chair Company Affiliation Consultant