The New Life Day Center serves as a "connecting point" to other needed services for those that are homeless or low income in need of assistance. Our assistance focuses on providing a welcoming and safe environment where we are able to learn about individual needs and help meet those needs through the many offerings currently available throughout the Lexington community.
The founding vision for the Day Center initially evolved through a partnership between most of the homeless service providers in a collaborative effort in fund raising called Sleepless inLexington(an overnight fundraiser with area youth at the Legends Baseball stadium held in 2009 and 2010). In the development phase of that effort, the collaborative board for Sleepless met with many providers and homeless representatives to identify the greatest unmet need for homeless in Lexington. What they found was that many needed services for night shelter, medical treatment, and feeding exist in Lexington but there was no general access Day Center where clients could find shelter from the weather, get referrals for needed services, find support for making appointments and get transportation to/from those appointments. A partnership was formed with Lexington Leadership Foundation to provide the administrative oversight for the start-up and initial operation of a Day Center until it is able to function as an independent organization. It was incorporated as a stand alone non-profit in January 2013. Collaboration with area providers continues to be a strong aspect of the New Life Day Center, including regular meetings, sharing of services when needs are identified, and a strong commitment to work together to meet the needs of nearly 2000 homeless individuals in the Lexington area.
We have the opportunity each day, to make a positive impact in the life of the down and out in Lexington. By bringing the services the homeless need directly to them through our Day Center, we take pride in our efforts to permanently help the homeless off the street.
The New Life (Homeless) Day Center (NLDC) has three distinctive purposes:
· Get Lexington/Fayette County homeless off the streets and out of the weather,
· Get them to homeless services by van transportation that will help them into jobs and housing, and
· Make them less dependent on emergency medical care and less likely to serve jail time by having drug therapy, alcohol treatment, chiropractic care, etc. available at the Day Center facility.
Long-Term Program Goals:
(Out of the weather, bathrooms, clean water, morning snack, beverages)
1) 260 days of shelter, 120 clients per day
2) 2600 lbs of coffee annually
3) 7000 sq ft of public access rooms
31,200 shelter-days per year out of the weather, off the street refuge. Helps draw homeless off the street, less dependent on emergency medical care, and less likely to serve jail time for behavior related issues.
Access to Social Security Offices, Food Stamp Offices, and VA Services
1) ~2000 Van trips to appointments annually
2) VA Services offered onsite weekly
200 clients helped into Jobs and Housing annually
Access to Jubilee Jobs Services
1) 10 clients to Jubilee job assistance
150 clients helped annually into Jobs process
Access to Housing Facilitator
1) Facilitate housing placement through criteria matching of client/opportunities and application completion assistance
50 clients into housing annually
Access to Communication
(Computers, Phones, Website to navigate available services, transportation)
1) Computers, phones available
2) ~600 Van trips to appointments made by clients or staff in addition to social services van trips
Internet and phone access to other area services for establishing appointments to assist in finding jobs and housing. Van transportation to and from appointments made via client use of phones and computers
(Lockers for protection of personal belongings and emergency clothing)
1) 105 lockers
2) 24 onsite storage “cubbies” for day use
Secure personal storage preventing loss of medicines and critical belongings.
Life Patterns Improvement
(Mental health support, chiropractic services, and faith based "life coach" counseling)
1) Weekly mental health counseling on site by volunteer PhD Psychologist
2) Twice weekly faith based chapels
Clients referred to Mental Health Treatments, and strengthen spiritual outlooks regarding their future
The primary mission of the New Life Day Center (NLDC) is to provide safe shelter during the day for anyone needing to come in off the streets. NLDC is the only Day Center that provides all access, shelter during the daytime hours plus provides services to meet the needs of those who come to the Center. NLDC provides coffee, juice, donuts, and bagels in the morning and lemonade in the afternoons. Clean, restroom facilities are also provided.
As clients come into the Day Center for shelter, the NLDC provides assistance on an individual level to meet the needs of each person. Through meeting immediate needs, such as location of night shelters, social security or other agency assistance, medical help, and clothing, the NLDC has the long-term goal of assistance that will break destructive cycles of behavior and establish sound life patterns to sustain a life off the street. On a daily basis this is accomplished through providing phones, making appointments, providing computers with individual thumb drives to retain individual information, and providing transportation to needed services. Onsite assistance is also offered in the form of mental health assistance visits, medical appointments with a nurse practitioner, Bible study classes, life skill classes, and presentations from support service options such as job assistance, veterans’ administration services, and housing options.
NLDC provides Locker Storage, one of the most popular services. People with no home can sign out a locker and keep their possessions there on an ongoing basis. 105 lockers are currently assigned and there are many people on a waiting list. If funds can be secured to make facility modifications, additional lockers will be provided.
The NLDC programs are amazingly simple to execute. Currently, the entire staff of NLDC is all volunteers. This creates a need for commitment in order to ensure continuity of services. Additional support in volunteer coordination would be helpful. Despite its natural volatility, the beauty of this staffing arrangement is that it allows the Day Center to function with 100% of its funds dedicated to the facility and its services. Current support is primarily needed for the monthly rent/utilities of ~$4500/month. In addition to that need, funds to make facility modifications for handicapped accessibility (which it does not have) and to allow additional locker storage would be beneficial.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
All financial management at start-up was handled by Lexington Leadership Foundation (LLF) including tax filing and auditing services. NLDC revenue and expense data was maintained in a separate account with LLF and is not comingled with other LLF programs. Beginning in FY2013, NLDC has become a stand alone 501.c.3 organization and is handling its own financial management.
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