Faith United, Inc., d/b/a The Kings Center, established in 1996, strives to support the physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual needs of at-risk children and their families who reside in or nearby South Frankfort and surrounding areas. The Center is a nonprofit agency operating under the auspices of the Faith United, Inc. Board of Directors – a group of individuals representing many facets of the Frankfort community. All programs and services provided by the Center are free-of-charge to participants. While the organization deems itself as faith centered, it is non-denominational and no child is required to participate in any form of religious instruction.
The Center serves “latchkey” children, ages 5 through 17, who live in South Frankfort and surrounding areas. Many of these children are at risk in some way and are eligible for the Frankfort Independent School District’s free or reduced lunch program. Approximately 84 percent of children served are minorities.
The Kings Center is a unique local charity. It was established in 1996 with the vision of one individual, the late Randy Bacon, who had purchased an old neighborhood grocery store in Frankfort. As Mr. Bacon worked to renovate the property he noticed neighborhood children who had no place to go when not in school and decided to do what he could to provide a safe and nurturing environment for these children. The result of this vision was The Kings Center, named for Christ the King, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Peggy King, a librarian of the Legislative Research Commission who tragically died some years ago.
The Center provides a safe, nurturing environment for children after school and during the summer. Most of the children are so called “latch key” children, ages 5 through 14, who live in South Frankfort and surrounding areas. Many of these children are at risk in some way and are eligible for the Frankfort Independent School District’s free or reduced lunch program. Approximately 84 percent of children served are minorities.
George Haynes as the Kings Center's operations manager is responsible for maintaining oversight of all financial accounts, including monthly reconciliations; managing monthly accounts payable and receivable; managing and maintaining employee payroll, files and requests for overtime hours; preparing monthly and annual financial statements; completing quarterly and annual payroll taxes for city, state and Federal government; preparing W-2s and K-2s; assists the program coordinator as needed. In addition, George sets up fundraisers, writes grants, and represents the center at various community functions. George also chaperones field trips and volunteers time to play games and interact with children that attend the center.
The mission of the City of Angels Program is to make a positive difference in the lives of the young people who attend activities at the Kings Center. A one-on-one relationship is developed between a sponsor (an individual or a group) and a child. The anonymous sponsor, known as a Secret Angel, provides emotional support through monthly correspondence, gifts on special occasions, donations for school supplies, and spiritual support in the form of daily prayer for the child and his/her family. People may also participate as donors.
Through a series of interrelated programs to give the children experience in and appreciation for nature, the children have gone on guided hikes to Cove Springs and many other parks around Frankfort, they have had overnight campouts at Elkhorn Campground and cookouts at the Salato Wildlife Center, they have explored Boyd’s Orchard and Happy Jack Pumpkin Farm, and they have canoed and kayaked on the Kentucky River under the guidance of Canoe Kentucky volunteers.
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