Lady Veterans Connect
980 DePorres Avenue
Lexington KY 40511-2262
Contact Information
Nonprofit Lady Veterans Connect
Address 980 DePorres Avenue
Lexington, KY 40511 2262
Phone (859) 806-4297
Fax 937 863-0883
Contact Name Phyllis Abbott
Web and Social Media
Future Home for Women Veterans
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Former Names
Sheppard's Hands, Inc.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donate by check, website https:ladyveteransconnect.org, or Facebook. In-Kind donations are also accepted. Volunteers always needed.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement Honoring Lady Veterans by providing Hope, Homes, and Healing
Background Statement Sheppard's Hands was formed in 2012, and became a 501(c)(3) organization in 2014. The organization was incorporated in Missouri, but due to the death of one of the organizers the decision was made to open offices in Lexington, Kentucky where the other organizer lived for many years. Offices were opened in 2015 and the organization filed as a foreign corporation with the Secretary of State of Kentucky. The home at 980 DePorres, Lexington, Ky. was donated rent free for two years December, 2015 and renovations began in early 2016. The home officially opened July 1, 2016 and received its first homeless woman veteran. Since that time there has not been a night when there has not been a homeless woman veteran living in the home. LVC purchased the home January, 2018. In October, 2016 the organization entered into an agreement to purchase the Trapp School in Winchester, Ky. It is a 22,000 square foot building located on eight acres which will provide transitional housing for women veterans. Renovations are in progress on the building at the present time with a target opening date of January, 2019. Additionally, we sponsored an Expo at Radcliffe in April, 2017 to recognize and honor women veterans. We have also sponsored eight Meet-Connect events across the state to connect women veterans together and to resources. We sponsored a Women Veterans Appreciation Dinner during the Week of Valor in Lexington to honor our women veterans. In October, 2016 we elected to amend the name to Lady Veterans Connect to more closely align the name to the mission. Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK) held its first meeting in October, 2016 and now has 40 organizations participating. November, 2017 we sponsored the first Week of Valor with eleven events, as well as bringing back the Veterans Day Parade for the first time in eight years. VRUCK is open to any person or organization who has a passion and interest in serving the veterans in the 43 counties served by the local VA hospital. Plans have begun for the Week of Valor and Parade for 2018.
Impact Statement Since opening July 1, 2016 there has not been a single night that there has not been homeless women veterans living in our home at 980 DePorrres Avenue, Lexington. Seven women veterans have completed the program and are living productive lives. Lady Veterans Connect hosted an EXPO at Radcliffe, Kentucky by providing speakers, resources, Yogo, line dancing, vendors, and food for women veterans and active military women. In November we hosted a Women Veterans Appreciation Dinner in Lexington to honor all women veterans in the community. These events encouraged women veterans to acknowledge that they served our country, and provided us with the opportunity to recognize and honor them for their service. In 2016 Lady Veterans Connect was commissioned as a "My VA Community" to form a coalition of veteran organizations and organizations that support veterans in the 43 counties served by the Lexington VA. As a result, Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK) was formed as a pillar under Lady Veterans Connect's 501(c)(3). In November, 2017 LVC/VRUCK hosted the first ever Week of Valor where eleven events were held to honor and serve all veterans. The Week of Valor culminated with bringing back the Veterans Day Parade in Lexington for the first time in several years. Plans are already in progress for 2018.  As a result of working closely with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government to host the first Week of Valor, Mayor Gray announced the formation of a Veterans Commission to study the needs of veterans in the community, and to create change and resources to encourage veterans to make Lexington their home.  LVC is changing the lives of veterans, especially homeless women veterans, one veteran at a time.
Needs Statement Lady Veterans Connect needs volunteers in order to expand services, including volunteers to assist in organizing events, fundraising, administrative assistance, and grant writing. At the Trapp School we need volunteers to process in-kind donations, paint, minor repairs, and yard work. Lady Veterans Connect has a goal of opening, at least phase one, of the Trapp School by January 1, 2019. To achieve this goal a HVAC system must be purchased and installed to provide heating and air to approximately 19,000 square feet. The approximate cost of this system is $170,000. Additionally, we have a need for furniture, household items, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items.
CEO/Executive Director Statement As more women are serving in the military, Lady Veterans Connect recognized after much research that there is a growing need for programs and services for women veterans; therefore, the mission and vision of the organization is to meet the needs of these women. According to Final Salute there are 55,000 women veterans that are homeless or "couch surfers" that need a safe place to heal and receive services and programs to provide healing and for the women to become the proud women that they were when serving our country. Women veterans are now the fastest growing part of the homeless population, have a higher rate of committing suicide, and becoming incarcerated. They are also more likely to remain homeless for a longer period of time and to die homeless. At least 41 percent of these women were sexually traumatized while serving in the military and suffer from Military Sexual Trauma which often leads to their becoming involved in abusive relationships which further demoralizes them and their perspective of themselves.  Women veterans have to self-identify as veterans as they rarely talk about their military service, as many do not believe that they are veterans and entitled to benefits since they did not serve on the front line. As a result, many of them have never registered with the VA for services that they are entitled to. Lady Veterans Connect is an advocate for these women and sponsors Meet-Greet events to encourage all women veterans to attend so that they can be recognized and honored for their service, as well as encouraging them to register with the VA for the services that they are entitled to. Lady Veterans Connect is also an advocate for all veterans through Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK). We encourage organizations and individuals that support veterans to come together as a coalition to meet the needs of all veterans and their families and to advocate on their behalf at the local, state, and federal level. We believe that the men and women who were willing to serve our country and protect our freedoms should be recognized and honored for their services and that it is now our turn to serve them. We need your help to make this happen.
Board Chair Statement Lady Veterans Connect began as an organization with a passion to serve veterans, with zero funds to do so. Through perseverance and determination the organization has continued to grow. When LVC received the house at 980 DePorres Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky rent free for two years, we were able to renovate it with generous donations from Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and many hours donated by volunteers. Since opening the home July 1, 2016 there has not been a night that homeless women veterans have not been living in the home. LVC recognized that there is a need to meet the growing needs of the increasing number of  homeless women veterans; therefore, LVC entered into an agreement to purchase the Trapp School in Winchester, Kentucky which is a 22,000 square foot building located on eight acres that is being renovated into housing for up to homeless women veterans.  LVC has had seven women to complete the program and to begin living independent, productive lives again. The surprise for LVC is the age group of the women that we have served. We anticipated that the age group would be 25-35; but the youngest has been 48 and the oldest 73. We have found that these women veterans were often sexually traumatized while serving in the military and when they exit the military they enter into one physically or mentally abusive relationship after another as they lose confidence in themselves as the proud women they were while serving in the military.  An example of one of our ladies: she was 62 years old, living wherever she could find shelter and suffered from depression and Multiple Sclerosis. She had no idea that she was entitled to treatment at the VA Hospital. She is now receiving the treatment that she needs, and has the financial income that she needs to live independently in income based housing. Another example: She was raped multiple times in the military by her sergeant and attempted suicide. After exiting the military she entered into abusive marriages, and after the last relationship where she was badly beaten she was living in her car in the winter with no money, food, or gas when she was given our telephone number. Today, she is receiving medical care and Justice Dental completely rebuilt her mouth. She has also returned to college to complete her degree in business and is working part-time. Both of these ladies now volunteer with Lady Veterans Connect as their way of giving back and encouraging other women veterans to receive help. LVC recognizes that all women veterans need to have a place where they can come together, share their experiences, bond, have access to resources, and have fun together. We meet this need by providing the Meet-Connect events, Expos, and Women Veteran Appreciation dinners. Women veterans are the unseen population of the veteran community. We often hear the comment that their husbands are recognized for their service, but they are not recognized. LVC is advocating to change that image. LVC needs for women veterans to contact us so that we can connect them to resources and invite them to participate in our events. We also need the financial and volunteer help of each person reading this information.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Homeless Services/Centers
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Women's Rights
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
National
Lady Veterans Connect's home is in Lexington, Kentucky, and will be expanding to Winchester, Kentucky. We serve all homeless women veterans, but women veterans from Kentucky are served first.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The goal and mission of Lady Veterans Connect is to reduce the homeless women veterans' population which is the fastest growing part of the homeless population. These women have served our country and should never have to spend a night on the street or couch surfing. LVC provides a home where women veterans can live for one year, longer if necessary, where they can heal, receive medical care, and participate in programs to empower them to become the proud women that they were when they made the decision to enter the military and serve our country. Research has shown that there are very limited resources and programs that are available exclusively for women veterans. LVC's goal is to provide transitional housing and programs to serve as all women veterans who have a need. In phase two we will provide housing for single, homeless women veterans and their children as we recognize that the children must heal as well as the mothers.  LVC is focused on being proactive in serving the needs of women veterans as well as being reactive. Once we have a target date for opening the Trapp School we will be reaching out to the women exiting the military at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell to provide transitional housing and programs for them if they do not have a home or job to go to. This will allow LVC to be proactive in preventing homelessness from occurring.   Since women veterans are the unseen veterans and people in the homeless population, LVC is proactive in raising awareness of the needs of our women veterans, whether they are homeless or not. We advocate at the national, state, and local level on their behalf, especially regarding military sexual trauma which at least 41 percent of the women veterans have experienced. LVC also encourages women veterans to self-identify which allows LVC to connect them to resources. LVC recognizes that as more women are serving the military there will be a growing number of women veterans that need help in transitioning back into the private sector, and our focus is tp provide a safe place where they can get connected to services and resources with a goal of preventing women veterans from becoming homeless. LVC is an all volunteer organization and relies on dedicated volunteers to provide the services that are needed to meet the needs of our women veterans. Additionally, how many of the needs that we will be able to meet will be reliant on funding for the organization through donations and grants. The dedicated volunteers that presently volunteer with the organization are committed to serving the needs of our women veterans and working diligently to obtain the necessary funding to meet the growing needs of our women veterans. When renovations are completed at the Trapp School, LVC will have the largest facility for women veterans, not only in Kentucky but in surrounding states. LVC will become the model for other organizations to emulate.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? The strategy for achieving the goals of the organization is to continue to grow the leadership of the organization, as well as recruit and train dedicated volunteers. LVC has  a focus on providing ongoing training and access to resources and seminars that will increase volunteers' knowledge and identify areas where we need to grow to more effectively serve and meet the needs of the women veterans who come to Lady Veterans Connect for help. The LVC board meets monthly to address issues and plan for future events. The LVC board members are actively involved with the volunteers in sharing information from the board meetings, and encouraging the volunteers to share their ideas. LVC believes that using a team effort will help us to achieve the goals of the organization. LVC leadership is also working with SCORE to guide us when we have issues and to help with grant applications. As LVC grows and expands, they will be recruiting experienced professionals to facilitate the programs. When the Trapp School is ready to begin accepting women veterans into the home, the Veterans Administration has committed to setting up a Tele-Health Center at the school which will allow the women to receive counseling from the VA via Skype.  LVC will provide career training opportunities at the school in catering, culinary, beautician, and other career opportunities.  To achieve these goals, LVC will need to seek funding from grants (federal, state, and foundations), fundraising, and the generous donation of our partners who believe in the mission and want to change the future for the women who have served our country.  LVC will host retreats and events at the Trapp School to generate income. 2019 a store will be opened to sale donated items to support the mission of the organization, this will also provide job opportunities for our women veterans.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Lady Veterans Connect recognizes that in order to effectively serve our women veterans that we must be aware of all changes taking place at the Veterans Administration that affect the veterans. LVC's greatest asset is its dedicated volunteers who are committed to serving the needs of the women veterans. There is not any paid staff at LVC, only committed volunteers, this allows LVC to apply all financial support to serve the needs of the veterans. LVC has developed a strong working relationship with the Lexington VA Hospital, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Disabled American Veterans, Lowes, Task Force Omega, SCORE, local city government, congressional leaders, and Home Depot. The Executive Director of LVC has a Master's Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Master's degree in Leadership, one of the directors has a Master's degree in Accounting, one in banking, and three who are business owners.
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? Lady Veterans Connect measures it success by the number of women veterans who are homeless and seek LVC's assistance. When these women complete the programs, are financially stable in having housing, have received the medical care needed to be healthy physically and mentally, and have the life skills needed to remain as valuable, independent women  these are the biggest and most important indicators of LVC's success. LVC provides a home-like environment for the women, as we believe that healing takes place best in a home environment where the women can feel safe. LVC has a goal of opening phase one of the Trapp School by January 1, 2019 where housing can be provided for six women in addition to the three that will be living in the house in Lexington. Once Trapp is fully occupied, the home in Lexington will become a home used as a step-down home where the women can live an additional six months while saving money for housing and/or an automobile. The goal is have the Trapp School fully occupied by January, 2020. Future goals include providing housing for women veterans and their children. Women veterans tend to keep their children with them for fear of losing them to social services. Many of the younger women veterans who have served one or more tours of duty overseas someone else has been raising their children; therefore, they need a safe place to bond and re-unite as a family.  In the next three years LVC plans to set up women support groups throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky: 2018 - Three groups2019 - Four groups2020 - Six groups or more These support groups will allow women veterans to come together to share their experiences (much as the men do at the American Legion and VFWs), have access to resources and information, writing and art retreats, a meal, bonding and forming friendships. LVC will continue to hold events for all women veterans including expos and women appreciation dinners, as they have been very successful in uniting women veterans together. The VRUCK pillar plans to form chapters throughout the 43 counties served by the local VA to bring organizations together that support veterans, to connect all veterans and their families to resources and information of services available to them, sponsor public forums to address issues, as well as other events such as the Week of Valor. The Morehead chapter is being formed at the present time. When all chapters are fully formed within three years, the VRUCK website will provide resources for all veterans, where no veteran goes without help.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? July, 2016 Lady Veterans Connect opened the first home for homeless women veterans in Kentucky, where three homeless women veterans can live for 12 months while receiving health care, life skills training, financial literacy classes, job training, counseling, and programs individually designed to meet the specific needs of each veteran. To date, seven women have completed the program, one of who is in college. LVC has hosted eight Meet-Connect events in Kentucky to provide women veterans information and resources that are available to them. LVC hosted the first EXPO to recognize and honor women veterans and provide them with art classes, Yoga, Line Dancing, speakers, resources, and a meal. The event was attended by 103 women veterans. LVC hosted a Women Veterans Appreciation Dinner to recognize and honor women veterans. The event was attended by 86 women veterans. LVC acquired the Trapp School property in October, 2016 and renovations are underway to provide additional housing and programs for women veterans beginning in 2019. May, 2016 the Veterans Administration commissioned Lady Veterans Connect as a "My VA Community" organization. The mission and purpose was to form a coalition of veteran organizations and organizations that support veterans in the 43 counties served by the Lexington, Kentucky VA to bridge the gap between veterans and resources that are available to them. As a result, LVC formed a pillar under LVC called Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK). At the present time there are 40+ organizations participating in VRUCK. In 2017 LVC brought the Veterans Day Parade back to Lexington after an absence of several years. Additionally, LVC/VRUCK sponsored the first Week of Valor with eleven events honoring veterans. As a result of LVC/VRUCK's commitment to the Lexington community in 2018 Mayor Gray announced the formation of a Veterans Council to work with LVC/VRUCK to serve the needs of veterans and to encourage veterans to make Lexington their home. The Executive Director of LVC has been appointed to serve on this commission. LVC has exceed their goals for 2016-2017 by far.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Theresa Shafer
Company Affiliation Volunteer Leader
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Phyllis Louise AbbottLady Veterans Connect IncVoting
Mrs. Donna BornRetired - self employedVoting
Ms. Shari FrasureRealtorVoting
Mr. John HibbardEdward Jones Investment FirmVoting
Mr. Jerry JoinerStuff's RecyclingVoting
Mrs. Theresa ShaferRetired from BankingVoting
Dr. Cassandra SmithMidway UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 72%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
By-laws
Ethics
Volunteer
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mr. Wolfgang BornRetired
Ms. Betty LusterRetired
Ms. Wanda MartinRetired
Ms. Garnetta ParkerRetired
Mr. Barry ShaferRetired
Comments
CEO Comments
The CEO/Executive Director leads the organization in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, community engagement, volunteer training, and other actives as required.
 
The board of directors is actively involved in the organization in all areas of the organization.
 
Lady Veterans Connect does not have any paid staff; therefore, it relies on dedicated volunteers who bring their expertise and dedication to serving the needs of the organization. The board members and volunteers serve unselfishly as servant leaders in the organization. 
 
Lady Veterans Connect/Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK) {a pillar of Lady Veterans Connect} is governed by an Executive Committee that reports directly to the board of directors of Lady Veterans Connect. 
 
 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Phyllis Louise Abbott
Term Start Aug 2012
Email pabbott@ladyveteransconnect.org
Experience Phyllis Abbott is the founder, CEO/Executive Director/Director of Lady Veterans Connect, Inc., formerly Sheppard's Hands, Inc. Phyllis is the founder of Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK), a My VA Community coalition which is a pillar of Lady Veterans Connect, Inc. Phyllis has a master's degree in Leadership and Christian Urban Ministry from Grand Canyon University, as well as a Master's Certificate in Nonprofit Management from American Public University. She is an adjunct professor teaching servant leadership at Grand Canyon University. In 2004 she Co-founded Church Under the Bridge, a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless population in Lexington, Kentucky. Phyllis serves on the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Women's Advisory Board, the Commission for H.R. 3642 Military Save Act to study Military Sexual Trauma, and was recently appointed to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Veterans Commission. Phyllis is the recipient of the Commonwealth Ambassador Award and the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Patriotism. Phyllis is dedicated to the mission of raising awareness of the needs of women veterans, especially homeless women veterans and advocates on their behalf at every opportunity.  As the founder of the organization, Phyllis Abbott has served as CEO/Executive Director from inception.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 18
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Experience/Biography Staff is comprised of all volunteers. Lady Veterans Connect does not have any paid staff.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Comments
CEO Comments Lady Veterans Connect is very active in the community advocating for veterans. This includes the appointment of three members of the Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK) to the new Lexington Veterans Commission. The CEO/Executive Director serves as a director of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Women's Advisory Board, and works closely with federal, state, and local officials and organizations to be informed regarding information that is valuable to veterans. She is actively involved in the community speaking to various organizations and church groups to share the needs of women veterans.
Description Lady Veterans Connect provides Hope-Homes-Healing for homeless women veterans. The first home was opened in Lexington, Kentucky July 1, 2016. Programs provided are access to health care at the VA (mental and physical), life skills training, job training, resume writing, financial literacy classes, interview skills, and restoring relationships with family members. The ultimate goal is the women will become independent women who have pride in themselves and can say with confidence "I served and I deserve to be recognized for my service". Many of these women veterans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) that have contributed to their becoming homeless. LVC works closely with the Lexington, Kentucky VA for their health care, and rely on dedicated, experienced volunteers to provide other services.
Budget 55,000
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Females, Homeless, Adults
Program Short Term Success Women veterans coming into the program must be drug free and alcohol free, if not LVC will work with the VA to get them detoxed before entering the program. Each woman veteran living in the home must register with the VA for her health care (physical and mental). After being in the home for 30-days they begin financial literacy classes, life skills classes, and job training. The goal is that the women veterans will be working part-time at the end of eight months. Once they are working they are required to pay ten percent into a savings account which will be given to them when they leave the program. Additionally, they will pay twenty percent of their earnings toward the cost of maintaining the home. After they have completed the program and moved into their own place, followup is made on regular basis and they are invited to attend all LVC events. If they are experiencing a problem after leaving the home, LVC wants them to know they have support to solve the problem.
Program Long term Success
LVC is the first home exclusively for homeless women veterans, not only in Kentucky but surrounding states. LVC will be a model for other states to follow. The long-term success of the organization will be measured in how many homeless women veterans enter the program where they can receive healing from rejection, abuse, loss of job, and strained relationships with family members.
 
Phase Two of the program will be to provide housing and programs for homeless women veterans and their children. Often times the children are living in the car with the mother, as the mother is fearful of losing her children to family services if they go to a homeless shelter. 
 
The long-term success is when no female veteran is homeless. 
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored and evaluated each 30-days to review the women veterans progress, and discuss areas where they are struggling. This allows LVC to ensure that they have all of the tools and resources available to them in order to succeed. Once they begin working further evaluation is made as to how responsible they are to their employers reporting to work on time, performing their jobs, and not missing days of work.
Examples of Program Success
Lady Veteran One - 62 year old veteran who came to LVC, homeless after she became a widow, suffering from depression and Multiple Sclerosis. She had no idea that she was eligible for healthcare at the VA. She is now receiving healthcare, has Medicare Disability income, and is living in income based housing. She volunteers with LVC on a regular basis and serves on the board of the apartment complex where she lives.
 
Lady Veteran Two - is 48 years old. She was living in a car in the middle of winter with no food or gas for her her friend's car that she was living in after leaving a physically abusive marriage. She was given our number by United Way's 211 number. She is now receiving care at the VA, Justice Dental Center has rebuilt her mouth from the physical abuse she received. She is working part-time and has returned to college to finish her bachelor's degree. She also volunteers with LVC on a regular basis and shares her story with others to encourage them to reach out for help. 
Description LVC sponsors Meet-Connect events, EXPOS, and women veteran appreciation dinners and events to honor women veterans. These events provide women veterans with an opportunity to connect with other women veterans and share their stories in a safe environment. LVC provides them with resources and information regarding benefits that they are entitled to at the VA. Only eight percent of women veterans are enrolled for healthcare at the VA. These events provides them with the information to register with the VA. LVC also provides a meal, speakers, movie night, or paint parties to engage them. The goal is to encourage women veterans to acknowledge that they have served so they can be recognized for their service.
Budget 16,000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Communication Systems
Population Served Females, Adults, General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success Each event encourages more women veterans to come to the events, to share issues that concern them, and LVC then strives to provide the resources and information to address the issues. At each event women veterans are encouraged to register with the VA for services, and to register with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs so that they will be aware of any changes taking place in services or benefits that may affect them.
Program Long term Success LVC is focused on reaching out to women veterans encouraging them to acknowledged that they have served in our Armed Forces. Women veterans tend to be the silent population of the veteran population and thus are not recognized for the their service and the sacrifices that they made. Women veterans are encouraged to be proud of their service, and LVC acknowledges and promotes this. LVC leadership advocates on their behalf at the Federal, State, and Local levels to create awareness of the needs of women veterans, especially the 41% who are suffering silently from Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These issues have only recently become recognized and work is being done to change the perception, and LVC is a leading advocate on their behalf. 
Program Success Monitored By LVC measure the success by the number of women who attend each event, share issues that can be addressed, and return for future events. When they attend an event they are placed on LVC's email list which allows LVC to keep them informed of upcoming events, and issues that may affect them.
Examples of Program Success At the Women's Appreciation Dinner in Lexington in November, 2017 LVC provided guest speakers to shared about women veterans' experiences when being deployed. Lt. Governor Jeannie Hampton and Carolyn Furdig were the guest speakers and shared their stories. The dinner was attended by 86 women veterans which was a great accomplishment and was the result of LVC connecting with women veterans at the Meet-Connect events.
Description
VRUCK is a "My VA Community" commissioned by the VA to form a coalition of veteran organizations and organizations that serve veterans in the 43 counties served by the Lexington VA hospital. The mission is to sponsor open forums to address issues concerning veterans, and to bridge the gap between veterans and resources that are available to them. At the present time there are 40+ members and is growing as LVC/VRUCK has begun forming chapters in different counties, as the 43 counties are primarily in very rural areas.
 
LVC/VRUCK sponsors the Week of Valor and Veterans Day parade in Lexington. 
Budget 45,000
Category Community Development, General/Other Organizational Development & Training
Population Served Adults, Families, General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success
The short-term success of LVC/VRUCK is bringing back the Veterans Day parade to downtown Lexington, and hosting the first ever Week of Valor where eleven events were held to recognize and serve veterans and their families. 
 
Additionally, as a result of LVC/VRUCK's advocacy and dedication the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government recently announced the formation of a Veterans's Commission to study how the city can better serve the veteran community and to make Lexington a veteran friendly city. Three members of the executive committee of VRUCK have been appointed to serve on the commission. 
Program Long term Success LVC/VRUCK will be expanding into the 43 counties served by the Lexington, Kentucky VA to bridge the gap between the veterans and the resources and services that are available to them. As the veteran organizations and organizations that serve veterans begin participating in the coalition a website will be developed that will identify the services that each organization provides; therefore, when a veteran has an issue or problem a referral can be made directly eliminating the sometimes long wait for services at the VA. LVC/VRUCK will also be building relationships between the organizations so that are working together in unison to serve the veteran community. LVC/VRUCK is activate in advocating for the needs of veterans at the Federal, State, and Local level.
Program Success Monitored By The success of the program is monitored by a six-member executive committee that meets monthly to plan for future events and development of the organization. 
Examples of Program Success LVC/VRUCK sponsored the first ever Week of Valor in Lexington, Kentucky by sponsoring eleven events to honor and recognize veterans. Additionally, they were successful in gaining the approval of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) to bring back the Veterans Day parade. These events resulted in the formation of the Veterans' Commission by LFUCG.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Lady Veterans Connect began as an organization to serve homeless women veterans, but as the leadership has been active at the Federal, State, and Local levels the vision of the organization has been extended to serve the needs of all women veterans. Not all women veterans are homeless, but that does not mean that they do not need support and encouragement. This led to including Meet-Greet events,  Expos, and dinners to honor women veterans.
 
As a result of the advocacy on behalf of veterans, LVC was honored to be asked to become a "My VA Community" and to form a coalition of organizations and veteran organizations that serve all veterans in the 43 counties served by the Lexington, Kentucky VA.
 
Homeless women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, are at greater risk of committing suicide, and becoming incarcerated. According to Final Salute, a transitional housing program in Alexander, Virginia there are 55,000 homeless women veterans in the United States. This number is made up of women veterans living on the streets, in their cars, and "couch surfing" wherever they can find a bed. A recent report projects that one in 25 women exiting the military will become homeless in the first year. Many of these women veterans have small children with them as well. There is a great need for LVC to complete the renovations of the Trapp School to provide additional housing and programs for these women veterans. Additionally, LVC intends to become proactive in preventing homelessness amount our veteran women by reaching out to women exiting the military at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox. They can come to the home in Winchester, Kentucky while they are transitioning into housing and jobs. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Lady Veterans Connect collaborates with the Lexington Veterans Administration, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, NABVETS, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Joint Executive Commission Veterans Organizations, and Volunteers of America.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Central Kentucky Housing and Homeless Initiative2018
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2018
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation2018
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Phyllis AbbottCommonwealth Ambassador Award2016
Phyllis AbbottGold Star Award for Outstanding Patriotism2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $94,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,000$47,177--
Government Contributions$1,323$0$0
Federal------
State$323----
Local$1,000----
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$27,138$20,762$10,988
$25,040----
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$14,367----
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$6,659$30--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$42,864$56,440--
Administration Expense$19,402$5,822$6,180
Fundraising Expense$11,439$7,387$2,765
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.981.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%81%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$69,543$37,700$5,158
Current Assets$17,354$13,017$2,044
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$69,543$37,700$5,158
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Comments
CEO Comments Lady Veterans Connect has been incorporated since August, 2012 and received its 501(c)(3) designation by the Internal Revenue Service August, 2014. After incorporation three years of research and identifying target market to be served was completed to identify the growing need of female veterans. 2015 LVC officially opened its office in Lexington, Kentucky. December 31, 2015 Rev. James Thurman donated the first house to LVC rent free for two years. LVC purchased the home in January, 2018. January, 2016- June, 2016 major renovations was completed on the home, and it officially opened to receive the first homeless female veterans on July 1, 2016. LVC has relied on the support of organizations such as Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Trust Fund, Daughters of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and individual donations to support the work of the organization. LVC has reached the point that it will be developing a three-year strategic plan, fundraising plan, and three-year capital campaign to support the future growth of the organization. It is anticipated that these plans will  be completed no later December 31, 2018 
Foundation Staff Comments This organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information. Financials were provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited. 
Address 980 DePorres Avenue
Lexington, KY 405112262
Primary Phone 859 806-4297
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Phyllis Louise Abbott
Board Chair Mrs. Theresa Shafer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer Leader