Who we are

Arbor Youth Services is the ONLY emergency shelter for unaccompanied children in Central Kentucky.  We provide shelter for children as young as 6 weeks old 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.

Our Street Outreach Program’s Drop-In center provides homeless young people (ages 18-24) daytime shelter, assistance in accessing basic needs and emotional support. These young people come here to shower, wash their clothes, and rest.  Most of these young people find themselves without a roof over their head and no support when they turned 18, with some of them still trying to graduate from high school.  Our ultimate goal is to help them obtain housing and connect them with the supports they need to succeed.

Additionally, Arbor Youth Services is Central Kentucky’s ONLY Safe Place designated emergency shelter.  Our Safe Place services provide access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis.  Youth can walk into any Safe Place site displaying the yellow sign to ask for help, and we will send someone immediately to assist the distressed youth.

To learn more about each of our programs: Services & Programs


Accreditation and Licensure

Arbor Youth Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and licensed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as a Private Child Care facility.  In addition, Arbor is a member of United Way of the Bluegrass, National Safe Place, Central Kentucky Homeless and Housing Initiative, and Downtown Lexington Corporation.