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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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