We provide shelter for children as young as birth and as old as 17. Arbor provides a safe, supportive and welcoming environment to children who may be homeless, abused, neglected or at risk of being victimized.
We do that through our various services, including our MASH Emergency Shelter, Outreach Center, Rapid Rehousing program and working with Project Safe Place.
Christie Primeaux Housing Coordinator
MASH Youth Advocate
community since 1976
it all started with a simple idea:
let’s Help Kids
The M.A.S.H. (Metro Alternative Shelter House) Drop Inn began operation in August 1979 at a location on East Maxwell Street. M.A.S.H. originally was developed as a companion to the Coleman House for receiving funds under an “Alternative to Detention” LEAA federal grant. The Coleman House sheltered younger children, sibling groups, female dependent children, female status offenders, and certain female public offenders.
Funding for Metro Group Homes, Inc. (including the group home and M.A.S.H.) subsequently was obtained from sources such as the federal Runaway Youth Act, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the United Way of the Bluegrass, and various private donations/fundraising efforts. With Runaway Youth Act funding, M.A.S.H. became a coed facility. It was accessible 24/7 to youth who could seek shelter by walking in from the street, without the necessity of a custody order. Per diem reimbursement was paid by the Department for Juvenile Justice and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
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