LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRIES INC

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

Lexington, KY   |  www.lighthouselex.org

Mission

We physically, nutritionally, and spiritually serve the homeless and low income members of our community through three mission-centric ministries: Dining with Dignity, Michael’s Feet, and Self-Care.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

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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Dining with Dignity

Our Dining with Dignity (DWD) ministry offers a safe, clean, indoor environment for Lexington’s hungry community members to eat a hot meal for lunch and dinner. Our staff and volunteers work hard to provide nutritious meals and excellent service for our 160+ daily guests.  Serving days/times are available on our website.Interested in volunteering for dinner service?Contact [email protected] in volunteering for lunch service?Contact [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

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

Through our newest Self Care ministry, we collect and distribute hygiene products and seasonal items such as parkas, 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

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We recently purchased a house on Garrett Avenue to serve as a recovery home for women called Rachel House. The house requires some remodeling to meet our needs before we begin accepting applicants.  We also have 5,000 sq ft of underutilized and unfinished space on the second floor of our building.  We hope to effectively use it to meet a need in the underserved people in our community.

1. Identify the biggest need that would best suit the utilization of the space.2. Research and acquire funding to support the need-based program(s).

On the second floor of our building, we have 5,000 sq ft of underutilized and unfinished space. Although we do not currently have the funding to effectively utilize the space, we hope to acquire it once the biggest need-based potential is established. Our biggest capability is a deep desire to serve our community is an many effective capacities as possible. The space itself is our biggest resource; potential funding is another resource.

We recently purchased a house to serve as a recovery home for women.In 2019, we partnered with Journey Church on Leestown to open The Journey East at Lighthouse. Church services and children's ministry are open to our guests on Sunday afternoons.We serve two meals Monday–Saturday, and Sunday dinner.We continue to collect and distribute shoes, hygiene products, coats, winter accessories and blankets to those in need.

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LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Marty Lautner

Unified Trust

Term: 2016 - 2019


Board co-chair

Lenroy JONES

Consolidated Baptist

Term: 2015 - 2018

Mary Ann McMurry

Office Manager State Farm Insurance

Valerie Henderson

Executive Director

Dave Curtis

Immanuel Baptist Church

John Garen

University of Kentucky

Lenroy Jones

Consolidated Baptist Church

Marty Lautner

Unified Trust

Adrian Wallace

Broadway Christian Church

Melissa Dickey

Community Volunteer