Our Services

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

Arbor Youth is working to end youth homelessness by providing a safe and supportive environment to youth have suffered abused, abandonment,  or are at risk of victimization.

Emergency Shelter

Our emergency shelter serves children from birth through the age of 17 who are homeless, have been removed their homes, have runaway, or otherwise in crisis. Youth may request shelter themselves by accessing a Safe Place location, or they may be referred to Arbor Youth by police, parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, social workers, or other professionals. In addition to providing a safe place to sleep, 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 Youth. Our shelter 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

Our Outreach Center serves youth ages 18 through 24 who are homeless or housing-insecure. 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 access to food, clothing, hygiene supplies, information and referrals, crisis counseling, and transportation to a safe place. Youth have access to bathroom, kitchen and laundry areas to take care of their basic living needs. We have 14 beds in this building for overnight, emergency shelter. To learn more, contact our Outreach & Housing Coordinator, Chris, at chris@arborky.org.

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

Supportive Housing Services

Our Supportive Housing Services serve youth and young adults who are between 18 and 24 years of age and are currently homeless in Fayette County.  The goal of our housing services is help youth transition from homelessness to housing by providing intensive case management and varying levels of financial support. To learn more, contact our Outreach & Housing Coordinator, Chris, at chris@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 Youth, 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 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 Children’s Lexington


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 AYS@arborky.org

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