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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of partnering with the Lexington Rescue Mission for the past several years for various events, and the love and care they show for each person who walks through the Mission doors is evident in all aspects of their ministry.

Janice Sherly V.

Donor

Rating: 5

We moved here 15 years ago with not much in our pockets, but with hearts that wanted to give someway to our community. We were introduced to the Mission from a friend-of-a-friend. They knew we didn't have a lot of money, but we had some time and hearts full of love. We (my husband and young boys at the time) started "feeding" the homeless. HA! They had no clue that they were feeding us! A church we later joined started an outreach to the mission, so we were involved in that, too! Even now, when my kids come home for spring break or summer (from college!) and need volunteer hours, they always choose the Mission first. Saying that they have wonderful memories there. Please, donate, give your time and talents to this amazing organization! You will not regret it!!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lexington Rescue Mission is a Godsend to those that need and use their services, but also those of us who serve and give. For almost 10 years my family and I choose LRM to give our time and resources. Not only because it's what we are called to do, but because every time we do, WE are blessed. The people who walk through the door who are hungry or need a little help end up brightening up the day of those who are helping them. My children have also served for all these years and they have seen that they are needed, even though they are young and as they grow, they will take that with them int the world.

Sam_50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time at the LRM, I discovered a dedicated group of servant minded folks. The staff go above and beyond a 9-5 and provide a leaning work enviorment which makes it possible to get the real work done.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a youth leader at a church in Kentucky. I was looking for a place for our kids to do a mission project when I discovered Lexington Rescue Mission several years ago. What a wonderful experience. They made the kids feel right at home. Took us on a tour to show us their misitry before our work that day. The kids had a very eye opening experience serving meals to those less fortunate that day. I am so glad we chose to do it at Lexington Rescue Mission. It seemed to be a great organization that really cares for those they serve. We haven't physically been back since but I keep up with them on the Internet.

Justin13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering is something that I have always wanted to do but never really knew how to go about getting started. Then one fateful day in 2009 I recieved a speeding ticket and entered into a deferral program which required me to complete some community service. The Lexington Rescue Mission happened to be one of the options in the program. My first time at The Mission I knew it was something special. The people there were genuine and really seemed to care for the people coming in for assistance and meals. The more I went the more I felt myself connecting not only with my fellow volunteers but also with the people coming in to The Rescue Mission for help. Every time I went in to volunteer I learned something new about programs and different ways The Lexington Rescue Mission helps those in need in our community. By the time my "community service" was completed I knew that this was not the end of my journey with The Lexington Rescue Mission. I had learned so much about how the work they do here changes peoples lives an and in turn had started changing my life and my heart. I wanted to do more and be more involved with such a great organization. Three years later I am still actively involved with the Lexington Rescue Mission not only as a volunteer but also in fund raising and other community driven activites. I would highly recommend The Lexington Rescue Mission to anyone wanting to help and get more involved in their community!

Randy10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lexington Rescue Mission didn't even exist in my world 4 months ago. The truth is I may never had known, had it not been for a new friend that I met 4 months ago. He shared his story and the impact that the LRM had on his life. The care, the acceptance, and the love that was provided to him reached so much farther than just his physical needs. LRM (clients and their staff) touched his soul, transformed his mind, and changed his life. God's love in the true form of service and acceptance was so attractive that I had to find out for myself and see LRM in action. My first volunteer experience was one that confirmed my friend's story. People, side-by-side, serving each other's needs, to not only build up and support the body of Christ, but also to introduce others to the healing process. No matter what your story is or where you came from, there were others prepared to stand next you and help you in your story of life. I have been volunteering at the rescue center for the last 3 months and just recently, my family became donors in this great organization that truly rescues those and includes them in this great mission. When I think of the LRM and their impact on the Kingdom, I can't help to be reminded and encouraged by God's words in Matthew 25:40. Thank you LRM for allowing me to be a part of something divine and to improve my story through giving and serving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a native Lexantonian and having lived here my entire life, I have witnessed many changes. I too grew up in Fairington Apt a subsidized housing complex. I lived there from 1979 to 1991. I had no idea really how poor we were and we always had something to eat because my mother was a genius with what we had and an excellent cook. However, times and women have changed. In won't go into those obvious details. However, Jim and Becky Connell, along with Laura have answered a calling from God. I have volunteered for Klothes for Kids, Event planning for Fall Banquet and serve @ least once a month in the kitchen with Bob and Garland as well as donating all my household items to their thrift stores. I can say that I love and find fulfillment in my work ONLY because of these people. We all have a ministry as we grow to be more like our Savior and truly he does live. We weren't meant to serve alone and with my volunteering I feel I have also been ministered to by a divine holy spirit. I thank all volunteers who act in obedience to this purpose. We have angry people in this world and when they encounter a love at this mission it will soften their heart. I pray for more ideas to satisfy the great need foreseen in the future, but mostly for God to work in the clients to live life to it's abundance. In Christ Alone