1710 Alexandria Dr
Suite 2
Lexington KY 40504
Contact Information
Address 1710 Alexandria Dr
Suite 2
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone (859) 226-5661
Fax 859 226-9631
Contact Name Mary Cobb
Web and Social Media
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1993
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The organization provides basic resettlement services to refugees who have been forced from their home countries because of a well grounded fear for their lives. All services are provided with the goal of early employment and self sufficiency for these victims of violence, persecution and discrimination.

Background Statement
Kentucky Refugee Ministries opened an office in Lexington in 1998, and in 2000 the Lexington office was designated an official suboffice by The U.S. State Department.  Since 1998, more than 1500 refugees from 33 countries have been resettled in the Lexington area.  Although these refugees come from very diverse cultures, they all have many experiences in common.  All have been forced from their home countries because of discrimination, persecution, violence and in some cases, ethnic cleansing.  All have been forced to leave behnd family, friends, careers, and all of the familiar sights and sounds of their home countries.  Kentucky Refugee Ministries provides basic resettlement services for 180 days or until the refugee is self-sufficient.  These services include providing a fully furnished apartment, greeting the refugee at the airport, taking them to apply for applicable social services, taking them for initial medical exams, enrolling them in English as a Second language classes, and finding them employment.  The goal is self-sufficincy by their 120th day in the United States.
Because KRM is affiliated with two church based organizations, our goal is to have as many refugees families co-sponsored by churches as possible.  The experience of working with refugees transforms the lives of  refugees and it transforms the lives of those who work with them.
Impact Statement
Kentucky Refugee Ministries has survived a very challenging year.  Many people are unfamiliar with the extensive vetting and scrutiny that refugees receive before they are admitted to the United States. The importance of adequate security is paramount, as is the ability to serve the victims of war and ethnic cleansing, and KRM is working to educate the community on the many levels of security checks and interviews that screen potential entrants to our country.
 The agency continues to welcome the most vulnerable population in the world who are victims of violence and persecution.  We help refugees adjust to life in a new culture and it has successfully found employment for many refugees by their 120th day in the United States.    
Needs Statement
The most pressing needs for Kentucky Refugee Ministries are the following:
   1.  Additional $20,000 in donations to help pay rents and utilities for refugees who have barriers to early employment and self-sufficiency.
   2.   More entry level employers who will hire eager to work refugees who have limited English.
   3.   More accessible mental health treatment options for refugees suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress.   
   4.   Ten volunteers who regularly provide transportation  for refugees to medical appointments.
   5.    Housing options for large families.  Three four and four bedroom rental homes and apartments are becoming scarce.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Lexington is the only refugee resettlement agency in the Central Kentucky area.  Not only do refugees have the opportunity to build a new life in a safe and peaceful community, but they also bring a richness and diversity to our community.  Refugees also bring years of education, training, and knowledge with them when they come.  For example, Albert Einstein and Madeline Albright came to our country as refugees.
Board Chair Statement
Kentucky Refugee Ministries has served refugees in Kentucky for 25 years.  The Lexington office is an important part of this history, extending resettlement services to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.  Refugees have had to leave their home country, often with no time to gather precious items.  They wait sometimes for 20 years in refugee camps, hoping to be among the less than 1% of the world's 15 million refugees to resettle in a new country.  KRM offers comprehensive services in one location to ensure that when our new neighbors arrive they have basic services provided for them as they begin their lives anew.  Our agency's goal is to move each family and individual toward self-sufficinecy in a reasonable period of time. This requires the commitment of a dedicated staff, a hard working board of directors, partners at the national level, and most importantly co-sponsors and volunteers at the local level. 
Some of the biggest challenges we face in resettling people from all over the world is to find churches, faith based organizations and volunteers willing to give time and money to help these families get started.  Our program is a public and private partnership so we depend on donors and volunteers to provide the resources necessary for resettlement.   Another challenge is finding adequate jobs for our clients so that they can kprovide for themselves.  Despite our challenges, our clients are reliant and determined people.  With a little assistance they do make it here in America and are grateful for the opportunity to be a positive additon to our community.
Geographic Areas Served
KRM resettles refugees primarily in the Lexington area, however, KRM also reunites refugees with family members within a 50 mile radius.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Kentucky Refugee Ministries goal is to welcome the most vulnerable, persecuted populations in the world, and to help them to build a new life in a safe and peaceful community.  All resettlement activities are geared towards helping refugees to become quickly self-sufficient.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Kentucky Refugee Ministries works closely with refugees until they are  self-sufficient.  The agency provides safe and decent housing that is accessible to public transportation.  Through numerous individual and group orientations, refugees learn about life and expectations in the United States.  They receive an extensive medical screening, are enrolled in English and work preparation classes, and are closely followed and assisted  by their caseworker.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Kentucky Refugee Ministries receives funding from the U.S. State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.  Much of this funding is passed through directly to the client during their initial 90 day resettlement period.  Other funding goes towards providing the services that promote early employment and self-sufficiency.  Additionally, KRM relies heavily on private donations to help with emergency housing and medical needs.
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?  Self-sufficiency data is gathered on all refugee arrivals, and employment and self-sufficiency rates are tracked on a local, state-wide and national level.  Through personal interviews, employer reports, and staff record keeping, employment and self sufficiency statistics are collected.  Clients are required to bring in pay stubs, and employment staff follows up regularly with refugee employers. Attendance at all cultural and employment orientation classes is documented as well as attendance at English as a Second language classes.   A local and state data base tracks employment statistics including date of hire, job retention and pay rate.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? Kentucky Refugee Ministries is constantly working towards earlier employment for clients with significant barriers to self-sufficiency.  These barriers include medical problems, lack of English, or lack of job experience.  This past years KRM has received a grant that provides case management for those clients who need intensive case management in order to overcome these barriers.  With this additional funding and an improving job market, the average wage has risen from $9.20 an hour to over $10. 12 an hour and the average rate of employment after 120 days in the United States has improved by 20%.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Mike Puckett
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2012 to Jan 2016
Board Members
Ms Cynthia Campbell volunteer
Rev Jason Crosby clergy
Mr Lucas Elliott Brown-FormanVoting
Ms Mary Garris volunteer
Mr. Gary Guthrie volunteer
Mr Eric Hansen David Engineering and ConstructionVoting
Ms Lisa Hoffman volunteer
Mr. Tim Jolly Phar-MericaVoting
Ms Jane Parker Community volunteerVoting
Ms Djenita Pasic Brainswork USA
Dr Julie Peteet UofL
Ms Jennifer Recktenwald Appriss IncVoting
Ms Kathey Sanders GS ConsultingVoting
Ms. Ann Shake Community VolunteerVoting
Ms Ashley Gray Zito community volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 2 Bosnian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 85%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms Jane Parker
Company Affiliation volunteer
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
The Rev Kris Bentley Disciples of Christ
Dr Woody Berry Maxwell Street Presbyterian
Ms Debbie Goonan Catholic Charities
Dr Francis Musoni University of Kentucky
Dr. Iddah Otieno Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Dr. Kristen Perry University of Kentucky
Mrs Lucy Raine
Mrs. Margie Ralph Community foundation
Dr Nadia Rasheed
Ms Lynn Schrader Retired attorney
CEO Comments In FY2018, KRM anticipates a reduction in U.S. refugee admissions, which may result in a reduction of newly-arrived refugees served by the agency by KRM Lexington and an accompanying reduction in federal funding. The agency intends to expand its services to refugees already resettled in Lexington in previous years through educational, self-sufficiency, and community integration programming. Additionally, KRM Lexington will expand its already strong refugee arts and cultural programming and immigration legal services outreach. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr John Koehlinger
Term Start July 2014
Experience John became the Executive Director of KRM in 2014. Previously he served as KRM’s Grants Coordinator since 2000. He has also been responsible for the applications and reporting for many of KRM’s funding sources, which include federal, city, corporate and foundation grants. John was also the Program Leader for several agency program areas, including housing, youth services, immigration legal services, mental health, and services for long-term clients.
Experience John Koehlinger was a staff member for 14 years before becoming Executive Director.  His experience included multiple areas of resettlement duties as well as grant writing, grant reporting and supervision of staff.
Full Time Staff 23
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 65
Contractors 20
Retention Rate 75%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 21
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Ms. Liz Kaznack Jan 2010 - July 2014
Ms Carol Young Aug 1999 - Dec 2009
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 No
CEO Comments The staffing information listed above is for the KRM Lexington office.
The Reception and Placement program provides basic resettlement services for all refugees resetled in our area.  These services include the following:
Pre-arrival:   Locating, renting, and fully furnishing appropriate, safe and decent housing for all arrivals.
Social Services:  helping refugees access all social services for which they qualify and helping them apply  for Social Security Cards.
Medical:  Assuring that new arrivals hve full medical exams within their first 30 days in the United States.
Education:  Enrolling all school age children in school and enrolling adults in English as a Second language classes.
Cultural orientation:  Acquainting refugees with the community, laws, customs, and expectations.
Employment services:  Finding all employable adults  a job within the first 120 - 180 days in the United States.
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Program Long term Success
The goal for Kentucky Refugee Ministries is for refugees to be employed and self- sufficient as quickly as possible.  In order for refugees to become self-sufficient, KRM helps refugees addres long neglected medical issues, literacy and English proficiency, mental helalth problems, (especially post traumatic stress) cultural adjustment, and employment training.
The goal is for 95% of employable refugees to find a job by their 120th day in the United States.  These statistics are documented and tracked by our National agencies and the State Department.
The Match Grant program is an alternative to state cash assistance and it is an employment program that encourages early self-sufficiency.  Private donations of cash, volunteer time and in-kind gifts are matched  with federal dollars at a rate of 200%.  This money is returned to the refugee and is used for administrative costs.  For every dollar donated for a refugee enrolled in this program, two dollars are returned to our community.
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success
This program encourages early employment, early self-sufficiency, and keeps refugees from needing state cash assistance.
Program Long term Success
The goal of this program is to raise $1100 in private in-kind and cash donations for every refugee enrolled in the program and for all adults to be employed between their 120th and 180th day in the United States. For six of the past seven years, KRM has met 100% of this goal.
Program Success Monitored By
This year has been more challenging as private donations have been less because of the state of the economy and early employment has not been possible in some cases.  Entry level employment is very difficult to find and many refugees have not been able to find work until after their 180th day in the United States.  Kentucky Refugee Ministries continues to work with clients until they are self-sufficient. Detailed quarterly reporting measures employment outcomes and tracks cash donations, in-kind donations and volunteer time.
Examples of Program Success
This program provides funds for two part time staff persons who provide case management and employment services.  The employment specialist works exclusively to locate new employers and to help refugees with the application process.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Lexington Advisory Board:
Kentucky Refugee Ministries continues to grow, and we are adding space to our office.  Now, with a staff of 24 employees, and the help of many volunteers, churches, and an active Advisory Board, KRM's goal is to accomodate annual arrivals of over 325 refugees.  Under normal circumstances, acquiring a smooth transition for persons with a variety of languages and cultural backgrounds is a demanding task.    The biggest challenge is finding adequate housing for large families and finding additional providers for mental health, physical health, and emergency needs of the new arrivals.  While we have the highest levels of appreciation and praise for the current community support, it is the Board's intent to expand its access to those avenues of resources that may be available to the stafff and the volunteers who currently make invaluable contributions to those in need.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Lexington has over 30 active community partners who provide referral services to refugee clients and who attend quarterly meetings with KRM staff and community partners.  These partners are health care providers, school officials, city government, social service agencies, landlords, housing officials and law enforcement.
Drum Major for Peace AwardLexington Commission on Race Relations2008
Designated a Jubilee CenterExecutive Council of the Episcopal Church2004
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
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 $1,529,154.00
Projected Expenses $1,529,154.00
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 Year201520142013
Total Revenue$6,557,722$6,183,280$5,287,956
Total Expenses$6,567,790$5,824,784$5,124,984
Revenue Less Expenses($10,068)$358,496$162,972
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$772,370$743,757$485,061
Investment Income, Net of Losses$384$458$417
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$55,021$67,056$99,056
Revenue In-Kind$388,758$282,524--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$6,053,527$5,238,090$4,643,274
Administration Expense$499,949$574,211$472,558
Fundraising Expense$14,314$12,483$9,152
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.061.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%90%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,698,154$1,639,525$1,282,126
Current Assets$1,576,925$1,493,287$1,175,947
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$257,532$188,835$189,932
Total Net Assets$1,440,622$1,450,690$1,092,194
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments Kentucky Refugee Ministries' Lexington office has a long and distinguished track record of effectively serving the most vulnerable refugees admitted through the U.S. Refugee program.  These vulnerable clients include: refugees with special needs, single mothers, victims of trauma, and refugee children.  To provide comprehensive services to these high need cases, KRM-Lexington has been able to leverage community resources and partners to support the agency's experienced case management staff.  The unrestricted funding KRM receives through the Bluegrass Community Foundation's GoodGiving Challenge helps maintain the agency's capacity to accept and care for these high need cases, providing needed emergency assistance (rent, utilities, and food) medicine, and medical equipment for refugees who cannot quickly transition to self support.

Please note, the above figures for annual revenues and expenses refer to programs and operations of the KRM Lexington office, whereas the attached audits and 990s consolidate the financials of the KRM Louisville and Lexington offices.
Foundation Staff Comments 990s and audits include Kentucky Refugee Ministry's Lexington and Louisville offices. 
Address 1710 Alexandria Dr
Suite 2
Lexington, KY 40504
Primary Phone 859 226-5661
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr John Koehlinger
Board Chair Mr Mike Puckett
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer