Our Services

Arbor Youth Services is the ONLY emergency shelter for unaccompanied children in Central Kentucky.

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.

MASH Drop Inn Emergency Shelter

MASH Drop Inn serves children 0-17 years old who have run away, are homeless, or otherwise in crisis. Youth may request shelter themselves or be referred by police, parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, social workers, or other professionals. We provide basic necessities such as food and clothing, as well as enhanced services including crisis counseling, case management, transportation, and youth development activities.

There are no fees to youth or families for any services provided by Arbor. Arbor currently accommodates 10 children and youth in our facility. To learn more, contact our Shelter Coordinator, William, at william@arborky.org.

536 West Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 254-2501

Outreach Center

The goal of our outreach services is to connect with youth on the streets who are at risk of violence and exploitation and engage them in obtaining housing support to transition off of the streets. Staff provide open center hours and appointment-based services that include food, hygiene supplies information and referrals, crisis counseling and transportation to a safe place. Youth have access to the bathroom, kitchen and laundry areas to take care of their basic living needs.

540 West Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 254-2501

Supportive Housing Services

Arbor helps youth who are between 18 and 24 years of age who are experiencing homelessness transition into housing. The goal of our housing services is to connect with youth on the streets who are at risk of violence and exploitation and engage them in obtaining housing support to transition off of the streets. To learn more, contact our Housing Coordinator, Christie, at christie@arborky.org.

540 West Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 254-2501

Project Safe Place

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 and ask for help. Safe Place sites then contact Arbor, and we send someone immediately to help the youth in crisis. Safety is only a phone call away.

Youth in crisis can access immediate help via TXT 4 HELP, a text-for-support service. Youth can text the word “SAFE” and their current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) to receive a message with the closest Safe Place location and the number for Arbor Youth Services. To learn more, contact our Safe Place Coordinator, Missy, at ays@arborky.org.

536 West Third Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 254-2501

Project Safe Place Locations
Lextran (85 buses)

ALL local fire stations – Fayette County and Jessamine County

ALL Public Libraries

American Legion Post 8

Black & Williams Neighborhood Center

 

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

College for Technical Education (CTE)

Community Action Council    (all centers)

Family Care Center

 

 

Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

One Parent Scholar House

Pride Community Services Organization

Salvation Army

Shriners Hospital

 

The Nest

The Plantory

UK Police Department

YMCA- Beaumont

YMCA- High Street

YMCA- North Lexington

YMCA – Jessamine County

To learn more about how your business or organization can become a Safe Place site, please contact lori@arborky.org

536 West Third Street Lexington, KY 40508    •    Phone: (859) 254-2501    •    safe@arborky.org