Religion, Spiritual Development

LEXINGTON RESCUE MISSION INC

  • Lexington, KY
  • www.lexingtonrescue.org

Mission Statement

Lexington Rescue Mission exists to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area.

Main Programs

  1. Outreach Center
  2. The Potter's House
  3. Jobs for Life
  4. Breaking Chains
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

Lexington Rescue Mission serves the greater Lexington area.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Mr. Jim Connell

Keywords

Self-reported

poor, mission, homeless, Christian, human services, recovery, employment, housing, health, life skills

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EIN

61-1387338

 Number

3142850393

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In 2015, Lexington Rescue Mission: Served 39,029 meals to the hungryProvided 513 households with free clothingProvided 50 people with transportation assistanceProvided 190 patients with free medical carePrevented eviction for 99 familiesPrevented utility shut-off for 94 familiesPrepared 46 people for employment through Jobs for LifeProvided transitional housing to 35 menProvided resource referral and case management to 1,117 peopleMinistered to 1,311 people through chapel, small groups and pastoral careSince the beginning of 2016, Lexington Rescue Mission has expanded our ministry to people who are leaving incarceration and re-entering our community. We are now working with men and women who are incarcerated at Fayette, Jessamine, and Woodford County detention centers and Dismas Charities. These men and women are successfully finding employment, housing, and support through our re-entry services. This summer, we began partnering with the state's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide employment training to adults without dependents who receive food stamp benefits. These job-seekers can receive credit for participating in our Jobs for Life employment training program so they can maintain their benefits, and we assist them in getting back to work and helping them become self-sufficient. This fall, we also partnered with First United Methodist Church in downtown Lexington to open a new neighborhood center at the church, where people on the streets can connect with housing and social services. Through these walk-in hours, people will have access to a case worker who will support, encourage, and help them get back on their feet.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Outreach Center

Community Meals Free, hot meals are served to the hungry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at noon. Walk-In HoursGuests may meet with our Resource Coordinator during our walk-in hours, which are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. We commonly help people with clothing, hygiene, household supplies, prescriptions, food pantry referrals, and transportation. Case ManagementOur Resource Coordinator is available to meet with guests by appointment for extended help, including finding housing and making individual life plans. Health Clinic We offer free medical care through our health clinic, which is open to anyone in need on Tuesday evenings. Financial AssistanceWe also provide emergency help with rent and utility bills for tenants who are one step away from losing their housing or having their utilities shut off. Spiritual CareGuests who want to grow in their relationship with God may attend chapel services, Steady Hands, or meet for pastoral counseling.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$306,748.00

Program 2

The Potter's House

Located at 649 N. Limestone, The Potter's House is a transitional home with 14 beds that primarily, but not exclusively, serves men who have graduated from a long-term treatment program. We provide a safe place where these men can practice recovery principles, be held accountable and learn how to live a sober, healthy life. We provide accountability to help residents progress in their commitment to living out positive change in their lives. It is essential that each resident be willing to be responsible through demonstrating accountability by submitting verification of attendance at required recovery meetings and church. We also conduct random drug and breathalyzer tests for alcohol. Residents are not alone at The Potter's House. They have access to a broad array of services offered by the Mission, including food and clothing, employment training and job placement, a free health clinic, and assistance accessing public benefits. We provide case management and pastoral counseling.

Category

Housing, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$146,254.00

Program 3

Jobs for Life

Jobs for Life is a national program that operates in more than 300 sites around the country, helping job-seekers prepare for, find, and maintain lasting employment. Our Jobs for Life program is located at 1400 North Forbes Road, along with our staffing service, Advance Lexington, which provides graduates with temporary work and assists them with finding permanent jobs. Job TrainingOur five-week, Biblically-based course helps job-seekers develop the job skills and character qualities that will set them apart from other job applicants and make them successful in any workplace. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. SupportWe assist participants in their job search, including helping them obtain IDs, bus passes, gas cards, interview attire, work clothing and other necessities. Job PlacementAdvance Lexington, our staffing service, contracts with local employers to provide temporary paid work to graduates of Jobs for Life and helps them secure permanent employment.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Budget

$268,164.00

Program 4

Breaking Chains

Breaking Chains provides training and support to assist incarcerated men and women in making a smooth transition into the community. We work with those who are currently and formerly incarcerated, offering our classes and case management to inmates at Fayette County and Woodford County detention centers. Our classes include: Authentic ManhoodThis 12-week class prepares men to live lives of truth, passion and purpose. It offers practical insights on God's design for manhood and points men to a vision of life that sets them up to enjoy God's grace as they pursue his promises. The Genesis ProcessThis 14-week class for women addresses a fundamental struggle in life: the struggle to change. The process identifies the fears that drive our self-destructive behaviors and emotions and helps resolve them so people can find true and lasting freedom. Jobs for LifeOur 12-week course helps train men and women in the job skills and character qualities that prepare them for success in the workforce.

Category

Crime & Legal, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$50,469.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of participants who gain employment

Target Population
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Connected to a Program?
Jobs for Life
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

2. Number of donors retained

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1) People will take steps out of poverty through financial stability. Individuals and families struggling to make ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck, are often one emergency away from homelessness. Many of these folks find their way to the Mission for help with rent and utility assistance, food, clothing, medical care or other necessities. We work to provide immediate relief, but, more importantly, we help people look at their situation and see where they could make changes to become more stable. We help our guests create an individual plan and support them as they work toward financial stability. We measure our success by getting in touch with clients three months after their last case management visit to assess their situation and how confident they feel about their ability to pay their monthly bills. 2) People will transition from homelessness to housing. Homeless men who are leaving an institutional setting -- whether it's jail, a shelter, or a substance abuse recovery program -- often struggle to manage life on their own. We offer transitional housing and support to help these men make a successful transition into independent living. We measure our success by contacting residents and finding out if they have maintained their sobriety while financially sustaining themselves for one year after completing their transitional living plan. 3) People will secure and maintain lasting employment. Unemployment lies at the core of poverty and robs people of their dignity. We work to equip unemployed men and women for lasting employment and restore their dignity. We measure our success by whether they obtain employment within three months of finishing our program and maintain stable employment for at least six months. 4) People will re-enter the community upon release. Inmates who are leaving incarceration are often ill-equipped to navigate the challenges of returning home. Starting while they are in jail and continuing after they are released, we come alongside men and women to offer the training, guidance and support that they need to make a successful transition back into the community. We measure our success by the number of clients who return to jail or prison within two years of release.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We have the following three overall strategies for meeting our goals: 1) Outreach ServicesLexington Rescue Mission offers a variety of programs that alleviate the effects of poverty while building relationships that can lead to real and lasting change in people's lives. Whether people come to our Outreach Center for a hot meal, a warm coat, a medical visit, financial assistance, or help finding housing, they find staff and volunteers who will listen to and care about them. Because of our hospitality-focused strategy, many of our guests invite us into their lives to help them become more stable. In fact, in a recent survey of our guests, 53% said they come here daily, 26% said they come once a week, and 26% said they come at least once a month. They come for case management, pastoral counseling, and guidance. We are able to help them find affordable housing, access public benefits, find better employment and make decisions that will help them better care for themselves and their families. It's not an overnight process, but we see the results in the changed lives of those with whom we work. 2) Housing Lexington Rescue Mission operates a transitional home for men called The Potter's House. Our staff provides residents with support and accountability to help them make a successful transition to independent living. Residents are offered a broad array of services to help them get back on their feet, including food and clothing, employment training and placement, a free health clinic, and assistance accessing public benefits. The house staff also provide case management and pastoral counseling to help residents set and achieve their goals. To help residents progress in making positive changes, our staff holds them accountable to their commitments. These include sobriety, finding employment, developing and keeping a budget, attending meetings, and growing spiritually. Our transitional living program incorporates best practices set by our peers in the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), through which we are accredited. 3) Employment Lexington Rescue Mission trains and connects job-seekers to employment through Jobs for Life and Advance Lexington. Jobs for Life is a five-week job training course that teaches employment skills and character qualities from a Biblical perspective. Participants also receive assistance in their job search, including help obtaining IDs, bus passes, gas cards, interview attire, work clothing and other necessities. Jobs for Life graduates are eligible to enroll in Advance Lexington, our staffing services that contracts with local employers to provide temporary paid work for graduates of Jobs for Life and assists each person in making the transition to permanent employment. 90% of men and women who graduated from Jobs for Life in the last year found employment, and 84% have kept it. This does not include graduates who took the class while incarcerated and haven't been released yet. Jobs for Life is an approved provider for the KY SNAP Employment & Training Program. 4) Re-Entry Our re-entry program, Breaking Chains, provides training and support to assist incarcerated men and women in making a smooth transition into the community. We work with those who are currently and formerly incarcerated, offering our case management to inmates at Fayette, Jessamine and Woodford County detention centers and to those on probation or parole. We also offer classes -- Jobs for Life, Authentic Manhood, and The Genesis Process -- to inmates in Fayette and Woodford County Detention Centers. In addition to its partnerships with local jails, Breaking Chains partners with Fayette County Drug Court, U.S. Probation and Parole, and Dismas Charities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Founded in 2001, Lexington Rescue Mission has a broad base of support in the community, with 7,500 donors actively supporting the ministry in the last 12 months. Giving has grown annually, from $827,400.04 in 2010 to $1,233,317 in 2015. Our board, staff, and volunteers are committed to excellence and serving according to the highest standards set by our peers, which is why our organization is accredited by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Our executive director, Jim Connell, just finished serving a three-year term as president of the Southern District of AGRM. We value working with other organizations that have a stake in our clients' success and can help complete the continuum of care needed by our clients. Therefore, we are active members of the Lexington-Fayette Continuum of Care, the Central Kentucky Housing and Homeless Initiative, the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, and the ROSM network. We are also members of Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Local First Lexington, and Commerce Lexington.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have developed program-specific indicators to measure our progress toward meeting our goals and objectives. Outreach ServicesFor our health clinic patients, we are tracking whether the patient's acute medical needs were met. For those who are uninsured but eligible for insurance, we track whether they meet with our staff to start the insurance application process. For those who are uninsured and not eligible for insurance, we track whether they discussed a comprehensive care plan with our clinic staff. For spiritual care participants, we track their attendance at chapel and Steady Hands on a weekly basis, whether they are becoming a volunteer at the Mission or their church, and whether they are seeking personal guidance from a pastor. For guests who come to our walk-in hours, we track whether their acute need was met and, if they need additional help beyond that need, we track whether they were referred to the appropriate staff person. For those who have an Individual Development Plan, we track whether they are taking steps outlined in their plan. For guests seeking financial assistance for rent or utility bills, we track whether their rent or utility bill was paid. For community meals, we track the number of meals served. HousingFor residents of the Potter's House, we look at the following indicators: attendance of support group meetings, testing negative for drugs and alcohol, demonstrated spending within their budget and reducing debt, following a job search plan, completing household chores, meeting with the house chaplain, and hearing and understanding the Gospel. EmploymentFor participants in Jobs for Life, we are tracking attendance at Jobs for Life classes and completion of homework assignments. For graduates who enroll in our staffing service, Advance Lexington, we track their completion of all HR paperwork, whether they remain available for job placement, and whether they demonstrate reliability at work through punctuality and attendance. Re-EntryFor men and women who are incarcerated, we track their completion of classes in jail. For those on probation or parole, we track whether they are staying in contact with the Probation Officer. For those living in a halfway house, such as Dismas Charities, we track whether they are staying in contact with our program staff. As we measure these indicators, we will know if we are making progress toward our goals and objectives. Once we have one year of data, we will be able to identify key milestones and work toward continuous quality improvement.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In 2016, our Board of Directors approved a four-year strategic plan that focuses on three targeted areas of growth: transitional housing, workforce development, and ex-offender re-entry. Transitional HousingOur strategic plan calls for converting at least six beds at the Potter's House to short-term housing for men awaiting further placement and increasing the transitional beds for men by 20. We currently have a contract on a property that would enable us to more than double the number of beds we currently have available, and we intend to finalize that sale by the end of the year, pending grant funding. Workforce DevelopmentWe plan to develop Advance Lexington, our staffing service, into a sustainable enterprise by increasing the number of employer clients and the number of temporary hours worked. We also plan to develop the earning capacity of workers by offering or arranging job-specific training for higher paying jobs. In addition, we are building associations with other community stakeholders to strengthen the referral base for job-readiness training. We have made progress on our referral base by securing the approval of the Kentucky SNAP Office for employment and training of their beneficiaries and are building referral partnerships with Dismas Charities and Salvation Army. Ex-Offender Re-entryWe plan to develop and run a training program to recruit, train, and support volunteers needed to teach and mentor inside and outside jail or prison. We have partnered with Mission Behind Bars, an experienced jail ministry, to bring quality training to all of our volunteers. This training started this summer. As a part of our strategic plan, we also expanded our in-jail training to include Biblical character-building courses for men and women. This year, we began offering Authentic Manhood and The Genesis Process to men and women at Fayette and Woodford County Detention Centers. We also plan to add a federal prison and two or more county jail training sites, and, we have begun working with Northpoint prison in Danville and plan to add training sites at the jails in Bourbon and Jessamine counties soon. Finally, we plan to develop a continuum of care for ex-offenders to successfully reintegrate them into the community. We are working to establish these partnerships and were recently allocated funding for Rapid Rehousing for Ex-Offenders through the Lexington-Fayette Continuum of Care, which will ensure our re-entry program is coordinated with all Continuum of Care agencies.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

Lexington Rescue Mission serves the greater Lexington area.

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Funding Needs

Lexington Rescue Mission depends on food donations to help us keep our meal costs low. The items we use most are canned fruit, spaghetti, pasta sauce, diced canned tomatoes, canned corn, green beans, peas and carrots, peanut butter, individual packages of cheese or peanut butter crackers, lemonade mix, tea mix, coffee, sugar and creamer. We are also in need of hygiene products for our clients. These include toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, lip balm, soap, razors, shaving cream, and feminine hygiene products. You may drop off any food or toiletry donations at our Outreach Center at 444 Glen Arvin Ave. Our services depend on volunteers, and our most pressing volunteer needs right now are for mentors for student in Jobs for Life, men and women who are incarcerated, and the men living at The Potter's House, nurses for our clinic, data entry, table hosts to eat with our guests, and Mission Ambassadors who can serve as liaisons to their churches. Finally, Lexington Rescue Mission relies upon individuals and churches in the community for financial support. Each donation helps our ministry accomplish its purpose of reaching hearts and transforming lives.

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)

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Financials

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Lexington Rescue Missiort inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

LEXINGTON RESCUE MISSION INC

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jim Connell

BIO

Jim Connell is the founder and executive director of the Lexington Rescue Mission. In April 2001, Jim left his home and career in Columbus, Indiana to move to Lexington and start the mission. Jim is a former CPA and served as the Chief Financial Officer for a Quinco Behavioral Health Systems, a regional community mental health center. From 1996 to 1997, Jim served as a Project Manager to start a free medical clinic staffed by volunteer nurses and doctors. Following this work, he joined the staff at the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation to conduct their annual fund-raising efforts. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Lexington Rescue Mission, Jim was elected to serve as President of the Southern District of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions from 2012 to 2014. Jim lives on the north side of Lexington with his wife Becky. Jim has two grown children, Laura, who works as Development Director for the mission, and Brian, who works as the Senior Director of Legislative Affairs at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jim and his wife are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" Lexington Rescue Mission is all about carrying out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) through the Great Commandment (Matt 22:36-40). Our byline is "Reaching Hearts...Changing Lives". When hearts are reached through the good news that Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost, lives can truly change. We see this lived out every day in the lives we touch here at the mission. I'm sure you've heard it said, "give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. But teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." Our focus at Lexington Rescue Mission is to "teach a man to fish". To carry out this goal, however, we must first demonstrate our love and compassion. Jesus said the world will know His disciples by their love. It is also true that people don't care what you know until they know how much you care. Therefore, we feed and clothe those in need. We try to keep people from becoming homeless by assisting people financially with their rent and utilities. We also give free medical care and prescriptions to the poor and uninsured. One a relationship of trust is built, we can begin to help people "learn to fish" through life skill classes such as Jobs for Life. We help people connect to other community resources they need through case management, and we pray with people and counsel those seeking wisdom. We also help people to develop positive relationships with one another and with God through our Steady Hands group. The mission exists because God sustains it and makes it grow. He has chosen to do that through the faithful prayers and financial support of thousands of people in our community. If you have not given to the mission, I hope you will me join me in our effort to look after and help the poor. "Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done." (Proverbs 19:17) "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Wayne Logan

NetGain Technologies

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?