144 Avawam Dr
Richmond KY 40475
Contact Information
Address 144 Avawam Dr
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone (859) 619-5901
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be made to RARE Innercity Ministries, 1096 Chetford Drive, Lexington, KY  40509, via check or cash.  Soon there will be an opportunity to donate online, but that option is not currently available.  In Kind donations are also appreciated and can be arranged by contacting Shelley Elswick or Melissa Rogers.
Volunteer opportunities are numerous.  Please contact Aaron Mosley, 859-338-2837 for detailed information.  
You can serve by:
1)  Mentoring students after school, from 3-6pm, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the academic school year. 
2) Assisting with transportation of students from their school to the Computer lab site and then home.
3) Assist with Serve the City Projects (dates vary)
4) Assist by serving during the Summer Feeding program, weekdays during the summer.  Multiple sites available.
5) Assist with website development and maintenance
6) Assist with Real Men - our outreach to at risk middle school boys
Of note, to volunteer with students, a background check is mandatory and can be accomplished via Lynda Frazier, 859-381-4040. 
Other Documents
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement RARE is a wholistic ministry that is helping kids and families see and experience the goodness of God.  We are reaching out to kids who are at risk of failing school, joining gangs, have a tough home situation, have gotten into trouble with the law and/or who want a better future than they can envision right now.
Background Statement RARE was established in 2011 as a non-profit organization, whose mission is to come alongside at risk kids in the greater Lexington Area, and give them hope for today and for their future.  Currently, Aaron Mosley is the driving force behind RARE.  He has a history himself of involvement with drugs, gangs, prison, premature exit from school, and yet has turned his life around and is now giving back, doing everything he can to help kids avoid the mistakes he made.  Aaron currently has social workers from every public (and many private) high schools, referring students to him/RARE, to assist the kids in getting their life on track.  His reputation within Fayette County Schools is remarkable.
Impact Statement
1)  Through ourCredit Recovery Program, RARE helps students succeed in graduating High School and gives them a head start on their future.  Currently we are involved with students from MLK Academy, Henry Clay High School, Bryan Station High School, Lafayette High School and Tates Creek High School.   25-30 students have benefitted this academic year and are back on track with their academic schedule.  9-10 students who were not on track will now graduate 2012.
2) Summer Feeding Program.  Each summer, students who are normally on free or reduced meals at school, have no access to food when school is not in session.  The summer feeding program bridges that gap.  This past year, approximately 125,000 meals were served at 55 different locations during the 9 weeks of summer break.
3)  Every third Saturday of the month, adult mentors and students serve supper to the homeless at the Catholic Action Center from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Over 150 individuals are served monthly, with 8-12 adult and student volunteers each month
4)  Through our Real Men program, we seek to encourage young, male elementary and middle school students to become young men with integrity, honor, self esteem, and a greater vision for what their life can be.  Programs are designed to build team work, personal responsibility, academic skills and relational skills.  Currently, this program is at Liberty Elementary and Winburn Middle School. This is a new program and currently 8 students are involved.
Goals for 2013:
1) Increase our impact through the credit recovery program for students getting behind academically.  With increased volunteers and additional computer sites, this number will be increased to 40 students served weekly.
2) Summer Feeding Program.  We will again serve 2 meals a day, at 55 locations throughout the city.
3)  Provide weekend and summer activities aimed at keeping kids off the streets and out of gangs.  These activities  would potentially target 20-50 students.
Needs Statement
Most pressing needs:
1) Volunteers to mentor/tutor students who are falling behind in school.
2) Volunteers to oversee the summer feeding program.
3) Volunteers to serve at the Catholic Action Center once/month.
4) Drivers to transport students from school to the tutoring site and then home. 
5) Website management 
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Melissa Rogers
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Aug 2011 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Bruce Baker Community VolunteerVoting
Jim Baldridge Crossroads Christian ChurchVoting
Carrell Eakle Community Volunteer/CPAVoting
Shelley Elswick Community Volunteer/CPAVoting
Lynda Frazier Martin Luther King SchoolVoting
Sally Grasch Community VolunteerVoting
Aaron Mosley RARE employeeNonVoting
Audra Patrick Crossroads Christian ChurchVoting
Rhett Robinson Community VolunteerVoting
Melissa Rogers Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 93%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Melissa Rogers
Term Start Aug 2011
Email mcheesemanrogers@gmail.com
Co-CEO Aaron Mosley
Term Start Aug 2011
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Credit Recovery Program
Using the online PLATO program, approved by Fayette Co. Schools, RARE is able to help students who are failing classes or grades, to recover their academic credits and get back on track.  This allows them to either re-enter public school (often having been kicked out due to truancy or failure) or graduate with their grade level/class. 
Budget 2500/month
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short Term Success Short term success would be 25 students getting up to grade level and 9 students, who were once failing, graduating with their class by May of 2012.
Program Long term Success The long term goal is that every child in the Fayette County School System will graduate High School on time with a vision for a productive future.
Program Success Monitored By Credit Recovery is an online academic program that requires successful completion of both instruction and testing. Success will be monitored by the number of classes/credits completed in a timely fashion to ensure grade level graduation by May 2012.
Examples of Program Success There are 9 students currently on track to graduate in May of 2012.  All of these students were referred to RARE by their school counselors because of a failing status.  These students have received one-on-one tutoring as well as access to the PLATO program and are succeeding beyond what even they could have imagined.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$13,026$63,447--
Administration Expense$44,216$1,590--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.14--
Program Expense/Total Expenses23%98%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$18,552$12,778--
Current Assets$18,552$12,778--
Long-Term Liabilities$911----
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$17,641$12,778--
Form 990s
2014 Form 990
2013 990EZ
2012 990EZ 2012
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 144 Avawam Dr
Richmond, KY 40475
Primary Phone 859 619-5901
CEO/Executive Director Melissa Rogers
Board Chair Melissa Rogers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer