Arbor Youth Services

Ending youth homelessness by providing a safe and supportive environment to youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, or are at risk of victimization. We envision a community where every child and youth has a stable home.

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Arbor provides the following services to children, youth, and families throughout Central Kentucky

• Emergency Shelter for children ages birth to 18 years
• 24-Hour Crisis Intervention
• Safe Place Services
• Supportive Housing for youth ages 18 through 24 years
• Counseling and Case Management
• Independent Living Skills Development
• Respite Care
• Information and Referrals
• Street Outreach

Supporting Youth

In Transition

Our history

Supporting youth
in Lexington since 1976

In 1976, the Junior League of Lexington and the Orphan’s Society of Lexington, in partnership with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government had the vision to support youth in transition by opening a coed adolescent group home in a Fourth Street duplex in Lexington.

For more than 40 years, Arbor Youth Services has continued to support youth by providing a safe environment and compassionate staff during kids’ most vulnerable time of need.

“I was given no other option when my grandmother didn’t want me. I went to the Arbor Youth, it was such a blessing to be there. They brought me in and gave me everything I could need as a 15 year old man.”

Did you Know?

1 in 7 youth will run away before age 18.
A child is abused or neglected every 35 seconds in the United States.
40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ.
We made a difference by helping:

Youth sheltered, served, and housed in 2019

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Stay in contact with our latest events and updates on the organization, as well as information on the Lexington youth community.

Emergency Shelter

“It was the first time I felt like
anybody listened to me.”

We’re Central Kentucky’s only emergency shelter for children birth to 18 years old. We offer a safe, home-like environment for children in transition.

Reach us

We’re always available by phone, but feel free to reach us via email as well.

536 West Third Street Lexington, KY 40508

(859) 254-2501

P.O. Box 904 Lexington, KY 40588    •    Phone: (859) 254-2501    •