Arbor Youth Services

Arbor Youth Sevices has provided shelter and support services to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth for over 40 years and is the only emergency youth shelter in Central Kentucky. AYS serves over 400 youth from Fayette and surrounding counties each year through our three core programs:
MASH Drop Inn Emergency Shelter (6 weeks-17 years)
Supportive Housing and Outreach (18 - 24 years of age)
Project Safe Place

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Address: 536 W. Third Street
Lexington , KY 40508
Matching Fund Source: $5000
Phone Number: 859-254-2501
Last week a young soldier arrived on the doorsteps of AYS to thank our staff. As a teen in crisis nearly 10 years ago, he utilized our emergency shelter services, built positive relationships with our staff, took part in planned activities, received referrals and then he moved on to do amazing things with his life; including joining the military, beginning a family and going to school. He is a strong and successful young man now, who has chosen to protect our country and his community. AYS has an abundance of statistical data to measure our agency's success, but our most prominent outcomes are often not realized until years after the resources have been used and the money spent. This young man is the outcome of a human investment made by dedicated staff years ago, he and so many other amazing children that have passed through these doors and then moved on to be successful in adulthood are outcomes that can never fully be quantified. When investing in youth, rather it be time, money or resources, we must always remember that we are investing in the future, investing in our future because the youth of today are the soldiers, teachers, and caregivers of our tomorrow.
Volunteer Needs:
Groups to create Welcome Home Packages for youth moving into their own apartment
Groups to complete landscaping projects
Groups to work in our community garden
Groups to sponsor our Friday Community Meals
Volunteers for our annual Burgers, Bourbon and Beer Fundraiser

Always in Need of:
Non-perishable food
30-day Lextran bus passes
Activity-based Gift cards (i.e. Sky Zone, Malibu Jacks, Gattitown)
Twin size bedding and sheets
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and general hygiene items
Hair care products
Socks in all sizes
Undergarments in adult sizes
General household and kitchen items (pots, pans, utensils, cutting boards, small appliances)