PO Box 34152
Lexington KY 40588
Contact Information
Address PO Box 34152
Lexington, KY 40588
Phone (859) 255-1074
Fax 859 233-9453
Contact Name Shelli Gregory
At A Glance
Former Names
East 7th Street Center
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You may mail a check to the above mailing address. 
We need individuals and groups for recurring and one-time commitments. If your interests do not match the opportunities below, please contact us and we can discuss how we can best partner together to make a difference. Volunteer Opportunities include tutoring, and homework assistance; assisting/leading in educational programs in art and science; assisting in preparation, and serving of meals to children; and also general service in cleaning or office assistance.
Our program hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5:30pm. Our summer hours are Monday-Friday 12-4.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Repairers Lexington is dedicated to the operation and advancement of E7 Kids Café, a registered Safe Place. Repairer's Lexington is committed to providing barriers free, no cost after-school educational programs, meals, and mentoring that supplement local school efforts and help enable these children to excel in the classroom. Repairers Lexington is determined to work in cooperation with neighborhood and civic organizations to establish good relationships and trust in an effort to promote greater community involvement. To that end, Repairers Lexington engages in fundraising activities to advance the effectiveness and sustainability of E7 Kids Café.
Background Statement In 1994 Repairers Lexington was incorporated. In 1998, MSPC began coordinating activities in the East end of Lexington by offering STAIR tutoring at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatly Center, and in 1999, began operating at the East 7th Street Center. Partnering with God's Pantry, the first Kids' Café site in Lexington was established at the Center and has since provided over 50,000 meals to youth at risk for hunger. In 2000, Repairers began operating Faith Pharmacy at the Center, offering free medicine to qualified individuals and has since distributed over $1,700,000 in free medications. Since 2001, the community has had access to a computer lab in the Center. From 2001 to 2004, the Center housed a clothing bank in partnership with the Catholic Action Center. In 2004, a needs and assets survey of census tract 3 was conducted. Subsequently, programming at the Center was expanded to reflect the identified needs of community to include tutoring, educational activities, field trips, a job training program, and social service referrals. In 2006, the Center became a program of Repairers. During 2009 and 2010, OWIP (Our World in Pictures) operated at the center. Through community field trips and scavenger hunts, OWIP participants covered topics from self-portraits to still lifes. Each photography lesson allowed the children to express themselves and the world around them.During the summers 2010, 2011, and 2012 participants of our program, ages 10-15, participated in Seeds (Service, Education, and Entrepreneurship in Downtown Spaces). The participants started a business, focused on growing and selling vegetables at an affordable price to residents in the East End. In October 2014, the youth programs moved to New Day Community Church at 530 N. Martin Luther King. With the change in location came a change of name. The program is now called the E7 Kids Cafe. The new name is a nod to the former location, but with it came 7 "E" words to describe the program: Enrichment, Education, Esteem Building, Exploration, Encouragement, Experimentation, and Enjoyment. As of January 1, 2015, Faith Pharmacy is no longer a program of Repairers Lexington. They are now a program of Mission Lexington.
Impact Statement Accomplishments: Our Kids Cafe program has served over 50,000 meals to youth in the East End area of downtown Lexington, KY since the program began in 1999. Each year, the E7 Kids Cafe serves approximately 175 neighborhood youth and their families.Our programming has grown from being solely a Kids Cafe site to offering tutoring, educational group activities, field trips, art and science activities and special community events. Recent goals have been to incorporate physical fitness, find new funding sources, and offer a short-term pre-school program in the summer, and I'm happy to report that we have accomplished all of these goals. We incorporate physical fitness into the children's programming with activities at Duncan Park and Urban Ninja. Recently, we have discovered several new funding sources such as Lexington Lions Club, Bluegrass Runners Club and the Orphan Society of Lexington. Finally, we have offered a free pop-up preschool in the park for the past 2 summers.
Needs Statement The E7 Kids Cafe is in need of: after school volunteers (3-5:30pm M-F)summer volunteers 12-4 M-F)$15,000 for general operating expensesfood storage containerscleaning supplies
CEO/Executive Director Statement Over the past decade the E7 Kids Cafe has established itself as a trustworthy participant in the life of one of KY's poorest urban neighborhoods. The program is a critical safe haven for local children and an important resource for community families seeking to better their children's lives through education and school success. The program provides several direct services to socio-economically disadvantaged youth in census tract 3. Services include Kids' Café, educational enrichment activities, computer access, tutoring and field trips. Youth may drop in for a free meal Monday-Friday, 3:00-5:30 PM. By providing a nutritious meal, Kids' Café helps to relieve the pressure on parents & guardians to feed their children on limited funds. In addition, by providing a safe and nurturing place for youth to socialize, supervised by caring adult volunteers, Kids' Café prevents young people from engaging in risky behaviors they may otherwise participate in at a less supervised location. Youth are encouraged to participate in weekly themed science, art, literacy, and discovery activities offered during Kids' Café hours. In addition to educational and health benefits, these activities help participants develop self-expression, encourage them to take on new challenges and give them an opportunity to develop friendships. The mission of the Computer Lab is to help participants hone their computer, internet, writing and research skills by providing them with access to state-of-the-art computers, computer instruction classes, and access to online resources. Access to software helps participants learn typing skills, basics of computer operation, how to search for information on the internet, and how to evaluate websites. The After School Tutoring Program addresses the issues of low self-esteem, poor academic achievement, and school drop out. Through tutoring, the program helps students improve their skills, thus giving them the confidence needed to succeed in school. Since many of the children have parents who are not able to help them with school work, it is important for them to have a tutor that can work with them at their own pace. The mission of the tutoring program is to motivate children to learn and to foster academic skills needed to improve academic performance. Volunteers help the participants with their homework, offer related learning experiences, read to the children, listen to them read, and encourage them to complete their school assignments.
Board Chair Statement Repairers Lexington is a children-focused nonprofit with the purpose of empowering families in the East End of Lexington, KY to help break the chains of generational poverty by providing educational services, meals, and mentoring. As with many small non-profit organizations these days, our organization operates on a razor-thin budget and relies heavily on the willingness of others to volunteer their time and talents to make E7 the thriving organization that it is today. The neighborhood that E7 services is highly transient. Kids come and go throughout the year, arriving sometimes for a month or two, only to leave again with no notice. Many of these families move from place-to-place just to survive. E7 participants range from 20-50 kids most days. In years past, children from William Wells Brown Elementary have struggled to test well in statewide exams. There has been progress though, and E7 Kids Café' has been there to support these students with after school programs focused on advancing education in these neighborhoods. Volunteers at E7 help these kids unlock their true potential and believe in themselves. E7 provides a safe place for kids to learn, interact, and sometimes just rest and get a hot meal or celebrate a birthday. When school is out, E7 has a terrific summer program as well. In addition to providing space and bookd to advance basic reading skills, E7 kids enjoy educational field trips as well as just for fun trips. Trips to places like Justice House and Urban Farm provide fun learning opportunities outside of the classroom, while trips to Urban Ninja and the local pool provide opportunities for E7 summer kids to exercise their bodies and simply just have some summertime fun. Repairer's Lexington is dedicated to continuing these programs at no cost to E7 families. I was personally drawn to E7 when I learned that William Wells Brown Elementary had scored dead last in state testing a number of years ago. What probably bothered me more than anything is that this happened within the city that my family and I love so very much and call home. In a state rife with challenges, I was shocked that a Lexington city school was so far behind, while other schools in the city had scored near the top. After learning more about the challenges the school faced, and the mission E7 had developed to help support this community, I was excited to get involved and help advance the opportunities for these kids in our community that so desperately need our support.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Nutrition
Geographic Areas Served
The E7 Kids Cafe serves Census Tract 3 of Lexington, Kentucky during the school year and all of Fayette County during the summer.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The goals of the E7 Kids Cafe is to help participants develop self-expression, encourage them to take on new challenges and give them an opportunity to develop friendships. The goal of the Computer Lab is to help participants hone their computer, internet, writing and research skills, learn typing skills, basics of computer operation, how to search for information on the internet, and how to evaluate websites. The goal of the Tutoring Program is to motivate children to learn and to foster academic skills needed to improve academic performance.
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?
80% of tutoring program participants meet their initial learning objectives within 3 months
80% of tutoring program participants will show improved school grades
50% of tutoring program participants will show improved results on teacher evaluations
Board Chair
Board Chair David Cseledy
Company Affiliation Lexmark
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Members
David CseledyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Michelle GardnerMaxwell Street Presbyterian ChurchVoting
Nancy GoulsonSquires ElementaryVoting
Josa HarlPinnacle ProductionsVoting
Kristin HelmuthCommunity VolunteerVoting
Wesley MathewsSolar Energy SolutionsVoting
Brian ReedUSPSVoting
Tanya RoodhouseUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Mike SchmittCitizens BankVoting
Susannah Stitzer JD, MPAUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Shanee WalkerParent of E7 ParticipantsVoting
Katie WhaleyUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Ebony WilliamsParent of E7 ParticipantsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Charity Reed
Company Affiliation Edwards Jones Investment
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
CEO Comments Our biggest challenge is funding. Unfortunately, we did not receive one of the grants that we applied for this year and we only received $5,780 of the $19,150 that we requested on another grant. This leaves us short $13,630 to meet our budget for the year. We are always looking for other sources of income.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms Shelli Johnson Gregory MSW
Term Start Sept 1999
Experience Shelli Gregory earned her BA in Social Work in 1994 and her MSW in 1997. She served as Executive Director of Repairers Lexington from Sept. 1999-2007, Director of Development for Repairers Lexington from 2007- Sept. 2010, and Executive Director of Repairers Lexington Sept. 2010-present (all volunteer positions). She is also the Mission Outreach Coordinator for Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, Sept. 1999-present. Prior to her current position, she worked as an emergency assistance specialist at Catholic Social Service Bureau for two years and a after-care case worker at Crysalis House for 1 year.
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 135
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
The E7 Kids Cafe, our after school program consists of individual homework help, group activities, field trips, art and science activities, computer work, physical fitness, and nutrition/cooking classes. 
In conjunction with Gods Pantry, we offer a free, nutritious meal for youth in the East End area of downtown Lexington, KY.
Budget 51,065
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Families
Program Short Term Success 80% of Census Tract 3 Youth participating in our tutoring program will meet initial individual (specific) learning objectives set at the initial meeting between student, parent and staff. 50 % of Census Tract 3 Youth participating in the tutoring program will improve their academic performance.
Program Long term Success 50% of the Census Tract 3 youth who participate in our program on a regular basis will develop greater confidence in their academic abilities and a greater interest in school, become better adjusted and happier, behave better in class, handle conflict more effectively, cooperate more with authority figures and with their peers, and complete more and better-prepared homework.
Program Success Monitored By Teacher evaluations, progress reports completed by volunteer tutors, grades
Examples of Program Success
Last year, we were able to meet to meet the above outcome measures. 50% of the Census Tract 3 youth who participated in our program on a regular basis showed improved scores on teacher evaluations. 80% of Census Tract 3 Youth participating in our tutoring program met their initial individual (specific) learning objectives set at the initial meeting between student, parent and staff, and 50 % of Census Tract 3 Youth participating in the tutoring program improved their academic performance.

Program Comments
CEO Comments
Two years ago, we reported the challenge of keeping open communication with schools. It was sometimes difficult to get prompt response to requests for information. To address this challenge, we first recruited the principal of William Wells Brown School to serve on our advisory board. While he no longer is serving on our board, we vastly improved our relationship with the school by moving our tutoring program to the school and partnering with their 21st Century reading program.  
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Collaborators with the E7 Kids Cafe include Lexmark; UK Credit Union; the Lexington Philharmonic; Frito Lay; Old Navy; Brown and Kubican, PSC; DW Wilburn Construction Company; UK Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Agriculture; Hewlett-Packard; Target; Third Street Stuff; Seadleaf; United Way, Urban Ninja, and Nerd Squad. For 2008-2016, Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church (MSPC) budgeted $8,000 per year for support of the E7 Kids Cafe, to be used for supplies and salaries.  The UK College of Social Work and Student Volunteer Center, Transylvania University, Lexmark and Society of Women Engineers all provide volunteers for the program. The Sierra Club Inner City Outings Group provides field trips for the participants. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Living Arts & Science Center; and Lexington Public Library all collaborate with E7 to provide classes, enrichment activities and field trips. God’s Pantry provides the food for Kids Café and monthly community birthday parties.

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $62,600.00
Projected Expenses $62,600.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense----$102,083
Administration Expense----$3,690
Fundraising Expense----$658
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.651.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$53,532$49,606$80,204
Current Assets$13,526$9,600$40,198
Long-Term Liabilities$40,006$3,176--
Current Liabilities----$1,430
Total Net Assets$50,456$46,430$78,774
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990EZ
2013 Form 990
2013 990ez
2012 990Ez 2012
2011 990
2010 990
2009 Form 990
2008 990EZ
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 34152
Lexington, KY 40588
Primary Phone 859 255-1074
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms Shelli Johnson Gregory MSW
Board Chair David Cseledy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lexmark