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LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRIES INC

Feeding the needy, helping the hurting and directing the lost.

Lexington, KY   |  www.lighthouselex.org

Mission

We physically, nutritionally, and spiritually serve low income people and those experiencing homelessness in our community through four mission-centric ministries: Dining with Dignity, Michael’s Feet, Rachel House, and Self-Care.

Ruling year info

2023

Executive Director

Valerie Ann Henderson

Main address

190 Spruce Street

Lexington, KY 40507 USA

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EIN

52-2137309

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lighthouse Ministries serves lunch and dinner six days a week and dinner on Sunday. An average of 200 meals are served daily. Over ninety- five percent of those served are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. In the Lexington area there are few places for those experiencing homelessness to get a shower. It is difficult for this population to go from place to place to receive needed social services to reach the goal of self-sustainability.

Our programs

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

Dining with Dignity

Our Dining with Dignity ministry offers a safe, clean, indoor environment for Lexington’s hungry community members to eat hot lunch and dinner. Thanks to our partnership with God's Pantry & Feeding America and the generous support of private and corporate donations, our staff and volunteers are able to provide nutritious meals and friendly service for our 160+ daily guests. Serving days/times are on our website, as well as information for those interested in volunteering.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Veterans

In June 2014, Tay started this ministry when she noticed that some dinner guests didn’t have adequate shoes—including a man named Michael, whose shoes were Scotch-taped together. We partnered with John's Run/Walk Shop and other donating individuals, who provide new and lightly used shoes for us to distribute to those in need. Now, we are blessed to be able to replace 20–30 battered pairs each month!

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with physical disabilities
Extremely poor people
Veterans
Low-income people

Through our Self Care ministry, we collect and distribute hygiene products and seasonal items such as ponchos, coats, blankets, hats, scarves, etc. to those in need. We believe that a step toward self-care is a step toward self-love.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Rachel House is a faith-based transitional house for women in addiction recovery. We exist to offer women a place to find freedom, renewed hope and rebuild their lives once they have completed their inpatient rehab services.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Dining with Dignity

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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In 2022 donors and grants provided $300,000 to complete the second floor. The area was converted into two private shower rooms ,two offices, small conference room and a medical room.
1. Provide a clean, safe environment for personal hygiene.
2. By providing a space for community non-profit organizations , Lighthouse can provide a "One Stop " for
those experiencing homelessness.
3. Obtain needed staff
4. Purchase software for the tracking and progress of clients

1. Develop process and procedures for providing showers for those experiencing homelessness by visiting other
programs.
2. Decide what services are needed to aid in self-sustainability of the client.
3. Meet with community non-profit agencies and develop a plan for a One Stop.
4. Review and evaluate software.
5. Meet with job readiness programs to get needed staff

On the second floor of our building, we have 5,000 square feet of space and have the funding for the project.
Knowledge of the need of the homeless.
Relationships with other non-profits working on self-sustainability for those experiencing homelessness.

1.The construction is finished and the showers for those experiencing homelessness started in August of 2023.
2. The coordinator for the "Clean Start" began in October.
3. Two employees were hired through the Senior Community Service Employment Program in November.
4. Job Description and funding obtained through the Kentucky Career Center for a receptionist.
5. Two non-profit organizations have scheduled hours
6. Medical clinic is open one day a week.

Financials

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

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LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marty Lautner

Semi-retired

Term: 2016 - 2022

Mary Ann McMurry

Retired

Valerie Henderson

Executive Director

Dave Curtis

Immanuel Baptist Church

John Garen

University of Kentucky

Melissa Dickey

Community Volunteer

Marty Lautner

semi-retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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