Safe Passage, Inc.
PO Box 43993
Louisville KY 40253-4303
Contact Information
Address Safe Passage, Inc.
PO Box 43993
Louisville, KY 40253 4303
Phone (859) 9636877
Contact Name Cara Starns
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2019
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Safe Passage accepts donations of all kinds- including checks, online giving, endowment gifts, event sponsorships, in-kind gifts, and donated goods. We have a wish-list available on our website at Volunteer opportunities are always changing, please contact Cara Starns for more information at!
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Safe Passage is a faith-based organization working to open Kentucky’s first shelter for sexually trafficked and exploited children.
Background Statement

Safe Passage, Inc. was formed in 2018 in response to the need for Kentucky to open a shelter for sexually trafficked and exploited children. Today, Kentucky is annually investigating over 250 cases of child trafficking in our state. 94% of these victims already have a history with child welfare, telling us our most vulnerable children are at serious risk of becoming trafficked. Youth who are homeless, runaway, poor, abused, and neglected are most at risk for the worst things in life, including continued poverty, abuse and even trafficking. We face a reality where these unfavorable (and uncontrollable) socio-economic factors tie directly into child trafficking. Traffickers prey on these children; those who come from unstable homes, are looking for an escape, and are vulnerable and desperate.

Right now Kentucky has no shelter that specializes in serving trafficked children. These loved ones don’t fare well in crowded group homes that overlook and generalize their many complex needs. Safe Passage will be a unique space specifically designed for sexually trafficked and exploited children. We know this isn’t the end of the road for them. They have an entire hope-filled life ahead, and Safe Passage will be just one chapter. So whether they come for a short bit, or to stay, they’ll be safe, loved, and championed while they prepare to make their way back into the world.

Impact Statement
  • Invited by the Kentucky Governor to host our inaugural Gala at the historical “Governor’s Mansion”.

  • Membership: Lexington Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF), Louisville HTTF, Kentucky Statewide HTTF, Face It partner, and Kentucky Youth Advocates partner.

  • Raise the Standard reached 1,000 students during the spring semester alone. Estimated to reach 2,000-2,500 by the end of the year.

  • Fundraised more than $60,000 in donations since our launch in November 2018.

  • Monthly donors bring in a minimum of $5,000 per month, meaning we will see at least $60,000 from our monthly supporters by the end of the year.

  • We are holding a 5K race in October, and our first sponsor (Nulease) has agreed to sponsor the race at $10,000.

Needs Statement
-- Donations, grants, and endowment gifts towards the development of Kentucky's first shelter for sexually trafficked children
-- Event sponsors and in-kind donations
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Victims' Services
Tertiary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Residential Mental Health Treatment
Geographic Areas Served
Our prevention program covers the Louisville area and surrounding counties, but the shelter will serve children from all over the state and region.
Board Chair
Board Chair 12300 Ridge Rd Kyla Beck 40223-2275
Company Affiliation Retired Nurse
Term Aug 2018 to June 2020
Board Members
Kyla BeckRetired NurseVoting
Devon BoykinHuman Trafficking Survivor and Business OwnerVoting
Christopher BurnsideAttorney, Frost Brown ToddVoting
Andrea ClemonsRealtor, Rector Hayden HomesVoting
Jamie HillegondsBusiness ConsultantVoting
Cara StarnsFounder and President, Safe PassageExofficio
Derwin WebbFamily Court Judge, Jefferson CircuitVoting
Nicole WebbChief Operations Director, Refuge for WomenVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 21
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director 3341 Boston Rd Cara Starns 40503
Term Start Aug 2018
Experience Drawn to issues regarding non-profit development, serving victims, and responding to social injustice, she studied International Development at the University of Kentucky. From there, she moved to Uganda to launch a sponsorship program for orphans. After returning home she accepted a position with Refuge for Women as their National Grant and Blog Manager. Later on she was tasked to develop a Refuge for Women site in Louisville, KY. It was during that year when Cara learned Kentucky has no shelter for trafficked children, despite the growing need to open one. With the help of many others, she founded Safe Passage to serve trafficked children in Kentucky. Cara is also writing a book. Her story is about overcoming adversity, fear, and finding a good God even when nothing seems good at all.
Co-CEO 9636877
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0

Raise the Standard is a youth prevention program founded under Refuge for Women. We partner together to reach students all across Kentucky! The program discusses sexual abuse and human trafficking. The curriculum is age-appropriate and based on current and relevant research. The sessions will help students by empowering them to develop healthy relationships built on respect and free from violence and intimidation. We want to help youth identify vulnerabilities and seek help for any unhealthy relationship that could lead them into sexual exploitation, abuse, and trafficking.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)

The Safe Passage shelter will serve sexually trafficked and exploited girls ages 12-17, with younger clients being considered on a case-by-case basis for shelter or outpatient services. The program will last up to 12 months, providing comprehensive services that are rooted in trauma informed and evidence based practices. The shelter will be a licensed child-caring facility hosting an intimate family style environment so residents may rebuild safety, trust, and community. Weekly and phase-specific classes will help residents overcome personal challenges and barriers, and address violence and exploitation recovery and prevention. The Safe Passage culture will foster an inclusive, non-judgemental, and empowering community of freedom fighters. Safe Passage is rooted in faith-based values. Faith-based curriculum and activities are available if the resident desires, but is never forced and participation is not required for services. We cherish each child’s personal history and journey. Our heart is to partner with them on their unique, individual journey to healing and freedom.

Budget 500000
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Lexington Human Trafficking Task Force
Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force
Kentucky Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Partner
Face It Partner 
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 $290,200.00
Projected Expenses $69,975.00
Detailed Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise the funding to open Kentucky's first shelter for sexually trafficked children.
Goal $500,000.00
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received its 501c3 status in 2019 and does not yet have a year of financial information.
Address Safe Passage, Inc.
PO Box 43993
Louisville, KY 402534303
Primary Phone 859 9636877
CEO/Executive Director 3341 Boston Rd Cara Starns 40503
Board Chair 12300 Ridge Rd Kyla Beck 40223-2275
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Nurse