Random Acts of Kindness

April Random Act of Kindness

Arbor Youth Services — Outreach Center

Arbor Youth Services (AYS) is working to end youth homelessness by providing a safe and supportive environment for children and youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment or are at risk of victimization. It is the ONLY emergency shelter for unaccompanied children from birth to age 17 in Central Kentucky.

It began in September 1976 as a joint effort between the Junior League of Lexington and the Orphan’s Society of Lexington in partnership with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) and was called the Metro Group Home. Over the years it has adjusted to the needs of the community and is now composed of two houses. One house provides emergency shelter for children from birth through age 17 until alternate care can be arranged. Currently an 18-month-old and a 12-year-old are among its residents. Staff at a second house provide Outreach Services to youth ages 18 through 24. Their goal is to help youth transition from homelessness to permanent housing by providing intensive case management, assistance in meeting basic needs and varying degrees of financial support.

The Outreach Center is open every weekday except Wednesday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and all other days by appointment. Someone is always available after hours for youth in crisis. Helping the youth obtain IDs, Medicaid, Social Security benefits and HUD benefits are a few of the services provided by the staff in addition to housing help. During the day at the Outreach Center the youth have access to food, clothing, a shower and hygiene supplies, laundry facilities, a mailing address and transportation.
When a youth initially arrives, she or he is given food, a shower and sweatpants before being housed at an apartment complex owned by AYS or a hotel.

For April’s Random Acts of Kindness, the Mission Committee is asking church members to partner with Arbor Youth Services Outreach Center to provide SWEATPANTS to be given to the youth at this initial visit. UNISEX pants in M, L and XL sizes are needed.

Sweatpants can be dropped off at the church during regular business hours (please call beforehand to make sure someone is there); a check with Arbor Youth Services in the memo line can be mailed to MSPC at 180 E. Maxwell St., 40508; or a monetary donation can be made here. Thank you for your generosity to this important community organization that is helping to end youth homelessnes.

Any questions contact Jackie DeCroo at