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Lexington Rescue Mission Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: hurting people

Direct beneficiaries per year: serve 40,135 meals to the hungry, provide 1,112 people with free clothing, assist 68 people with transportation, provide 682 free medical visits for the uninsured, prevent 80 families from eviction, prevent 74 families from having their utiltiies shut off, provide transitional housing to 89 men and women, prepare 48 people for employment, provide 883 people with resource referral, case management and couseling, and minister to 1,601 people through chapel, small groups and pastoral care

Geographic areas served: Lexington, Kentucky

Programs: food, clothing, health care, emergency financial assistance, transitional housing, employment training, case management, pastoral counseling, and spiritual care.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Janssen W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found my calling as a prisoner re-entry counselor through Americorps at the Lexington Rescue Mission. From there I was fortunate to attend law school, become a public defender, and now serve in the legislature. I continue fighting for prisoner's rights... And I would have never known that was possible before I stepped into the Lexington Rescue Mission.

Benson G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with Lexington Rescue Mission for about 10 years. They make a huge impact in our community for the better. I dare say many people would not be alive today if not for the work of Lexington Rescue Mission. Certainly hundreds if not thousands of lives have been touched, and greatly improved by the ministries of Lexington Rescue Mission. Their reputation in Central Kentucky is second to none. I feel 100% comfortable donating my time and money to the mission because I know their integrity is above reproach. The people of Lexington are truly blessed to have a ministry of this caliber serving our community.

Lindsey25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former employee of the Mission, I feel I know the organization inside and out. Everyone there cares deeply about making a positive impact on the lives of the clients. We always went the extra mile. Lexington Rescue Mission is dedicated to their cause: reaching hearts and changing lives.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with LRM through volunteering at their Thanksgiving meal. I became a regular volunteer, then came on as a staff member for a brief time. The Mission is truly Christ-centered, prayer-driven, and 100% for its clients.

It's a great place to serve or be served.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with the mission has been a great one! As a donor (of money, food, clothes and household items), I feel that they honestly do everything they can with what they are given. You know they appreciate any and all efforts. Faith is important to the Mission and that is important to me as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to volunteer in mostly a maintenance and construction role since Lexington Rescue Mission was started. I was drawn by its founder and by its mission. I continue to volunteer there because these things have not changed. They are still striving to help others in a Christian way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to The Lexington Rescue Mission as a client. The first thing I noticed is the care and love I received. They really seemed to care about me, and they valued me as a person. I started going to "Steady Hands", and LOVED it! Before I become ill, I was volunteering at Steady Hands, and the "Walk-Ins". God bless the Rescue Mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this ministry for several years now. The ministry from year to year has been constant in their focus on the people and of their needs. As a volunteer they are appreciative and remember your name and past involvements in the different ministries available.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My family and I have volunteered with the Lexington Rescue Mission on several occasions. I have been beyond impressed and amazed by the work the mission does for the community. They are a blessing and we are honored to be able to serve along side of these great people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became interested in the Lexington Rescue Mission after hearing testimonials from some of their clients at a banquet. It was very moving to hear how the Mission had opened up to them, helped them find a job, help with their rent, fed them and now they are on the road to recovery in many aspects of their lives. In a busy world it is an honor to devote time to such a wonderful place.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have supported the Lexington Rescue Mission for many years when several of the guys from the recovery program walked a few blocks to attend church with us. I'm blessed to get to call them friends. It's so inspirational to attend their graduations to see how God has used the folks at LRM to grow these men toward faith, family and sobriety. I've also been able to volunteer at the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. What a joy! I am confident my meager donations will be used to bring love and healing to many hurting people in Lexington.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the Mission over 10 years ago, and I have been donating money also. This place does all in the name of Jesus Christ. They serve wonderful meals to anyone in the community, as well as providing housing for homeless men. I started working 8 years ago, and have not been able to volunteer regularly since then, but the mission has grown and expanded its services to the community in so many ways! It's a privilege to be able to support them in any way!

2 Wes_2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lexington Rescue Mission is an awesome place. My son and I have volunteered there for a few years now in several didn't things. As a 9 yr old he loves it. He loves to serve the people and hear there stories. I have also taken many of my friends who aren't religious , but now love to serve cause of th love and help shown and seen at the mission. The staff is awesome. Like a huge family. We see all sorts of people who ask for help and volunteer and it's great how the reactions are when they are treat like humans and not anything less. This is a great place and I would love to see it grow in our community as it's grown on me...

3 Lee_35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got the privilege to serve a meal and to donate to this wonderful organization. They help so many people and I am proud to be able to help them help others.

Christopher47

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I personally know Jim Connell, the Executive Director. He has a heart for the down and out of the Lexington Community. The Mission does a great service to the community by offering not just a hand out but a hand up. They have a variety of programs that they offer to both men and women. It is not just a hot meal and a place to stay for the night. They really want to help people get on the path to recovery and to be self-sustaining. They offer their services to all in need and do it all on a very tight budget. The Mission is a vital part of the Lexington Community. They have a great staff who work hard to serve those in need. I have visited the mission and you will not find a more friendly staff anywhere else. They are dedicated to the mission and vision of the organization and work hard to see that everyone who shows up at the door is helped in some way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a pastor of a church here in Lexington and have had experiences with Lexington Rescue Mission for the past seven years. I have volunteered as a teacher, helped serve meals, and other activities and always found them to be exemplary in their organization and the attitudes that teach servant ministry. Some of our people have asked where they could volunteer and they always bring back positive feedback about the experience and the dedication of the staff. I also have engaged in ministry and friendship with those who have been served and they have a deep gratitude for the LRM. They fill a need here that is unique and vital, and it comes from the hearts of Jim and Becky and their sacrifice to God.

1 Christian T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm an attorney, a graduate of the United Way's "Get on Board" 14 week board member training program, a board member of a statewide non-profit and am now married to the person who oversees "Get on Board" for central Kentucky so I have had a lot of experience with nonprofit boards and all of their failings. The Lexington Rescue Mission is beyond reproach. Every board meeting is done in order, on time and all of our board members are prepared for the meetings, knowledgable about the subject matter and volunteer their time and talents to the mission outside of their board service. Beyond that, all of the employees of the Lexington Rescue Mission have a heart for the mission and the clients we serve and our founder and executive director, Mr. Jim Connell is exceedingly knowledgeable and hard working. I am so blessed to be a part of the Lexington Rescue Mission and plan to remain involved long after my board service, for the rest of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only recently begun volunteering at LRM, but it has been an amazing experience so far. The staff and administrators are wonderful to work with and the entire operation has a positive, life-affirming attitude that I find to be infectious. It genuinely raises my own spirits to be there and I wish I had more time and talents to offer. The most rewarding aspect is that you can directly see the results of the great work being done there. This mission is utterly devoted to its work and it shows.

1 Joanna V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children and I volunteered here once. It was a great experience. We were taken on a tour and introduced to other volunteers. We helped cook the meal and serve it. This is a wonderful place and if we lived closer I would volunteer more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here a little bit ago and it was a great and eye opening experience. I went with my youth group and we helped serve a meal to the people who stopped in. I never realized how many people are in need of something as simple as food. It was really eye opening to me and helped me realized how fortunate I have been in my life. The people who run this organization were very kind to us and made us feel like we were a part of it. This organization is saving lives both physically and spiritually.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, My name is Linda M. and I have volunteered and still do on occasion volunteer for the LRM. I have always known about the LRM being a native of Lexington but never had any idea how fulfilling and grateful this organization can make one feel. I became a "guest" at one of the LRM's Transitional Houses back in June of 2012. Being a guest you are required to meet 20 hours of volunteer work. I chose LRM. And let me tell you it has changed my perspective and outlook on life as well as saved it. I am a recovering addict/alcoholic that without the goodness, kindness and support of this amazing organization I would have ended up only God knows where. Volunteering for LRM taught me gratitude and how to reach out my hand (as they did) and help another human being with a hand up (not a hand out). I recommend anyone wanting to give back to their community to give till it hurts to LRM, because you will be helping another not hurt so much and gaining a world of blessings. You have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain by giving what you can. But don't take my word for it......though .experience IS the best teacher.