From the Commissioner


As the Department of Social Services moves into the third quarter, we look forward to successfully completing current summer programs and are in preparation for upcoming fall events. 

We are excited to announce the Non-Profit Capital Project grants program is moving into the application review phase and anticipate awards to be announced by the end of August. 

Kacy Allen-Bryant, Commissioner

Leadership Retreat

On June 17 the department's leadership gathered for a day of fun, bonding, and learning. At this year's retreat Kiyon Massey from Fayette County Public Schools' Human Resources delivered a training on Implicit Bias. Debra Faulk, Civic Artist-in- Residence at the Family Care Center, conducted a two hour IMPROV that included bonding exercises, alternatives to conflict resolution, and more. The DSS-L team ended the day at Cut & Paste Craft Studio. 

Charles Young Center Programs and Events

PAL Youth Events


Cops and Kids working together to make a difference. Open to boys and girls ages 7 - 17

Activities and Events

Girls Basketball Practice -Sundays 3PM - 5:30PM & Mondays 5PM - 7:30PM

Choir Practice - Wednesday 5PM - 6PM

Show Choir Practice - Thursdays 5PM - 6PM

Cheerleading Practice - 10AM - 12PM


OMAC is the acronym for Operation Making A Change which is an organization that provides mentorship, coaching, and support to teens and adults. 

GYM Hours

Tuesdays - 5PM - 7:30PM

Thursdays - 5PM - 7:30PM

United Way WayPoint


Provides services that are custom tailored to its neighborhood; serving as a resource to support family and financial success and stability, using bundled social services in partnership with community agencies.

Activities and Events

Hours: Mon - Fri 9AM - 5PM

Kynector for Medicaid - second and fourth Thursday of every month - 11AM - 2PM

Helping Ends Meet -financial class- every Tuesday 10AM - 11AM July -  September

HIV/Hep C testing and Narcan training every fourth Tuesday from 10AM - 12PM

Apprisen every fourth Wednesday from 1PM - 5PM (budgeting and financial planning)

Senior Programming at CYC

Charles Young Center Senior Programs are offered Monday and Fridays from 9:30-1pm and on Wednesdays from 9:30-3pm. These programs are free for Fayette County seniors 60 years and older. We offer a variety of fitness and educational classes weekly. Call Katherine Dailey at 859-246-0281 to learn more.

Extended Social Resource Grants

Green Dot Program

"I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people." -Maya Angelou. ­

Did you know that as an active bystander you could help reduce the likelihood that someone would be harmed by domestic abuse, sexual violence, or child abuse in our city and that makes you a HERO?

August is National Bystander Awareness Month. This year, Lexington’s Department of Social Services’ Green Dot program will celebrate the everyday heroes among us. We invite you to be a part of the change to help end intimate partner violence in our community by getting the tools you need to help you safely intervene. Green Dot is a nationally recognized violence prevention strategy focused on harnessing the power of the bystander to reduce rates of intimate partner violence. The program offers two-hour virtual trainings to individuals and organizations. Participants will learn to recognize abusive behaviors; identify barriers that prevent others from helping, and discover options to choose safety in the midst of potential harm.


FREE virtual Bystander Intervention trainings are offered to the public each month through Green Dot Lexington, information on upcoming trainings can be found on our Facebook page, @GreendotLexington.

Individuals who complete the training will receive a certificate and branded materials to help spread the message of Green Dot and engage others in helping to end violence. A limited number of Be an Active Bystander yard signs will be available upon request for training participants. The signs will also be on display in the yards of more than 300 community members who have completed prior Green Dot trainings since October 2020.

Be sure to subscribe to the Green Dot Lexington quarterly newsletter to learn more:

Among the events that will take place throughout the month of August will be Green Dot Thursday, August 18. Everyone is encouraged to wear green on that day to show their commitment to being an active bystander and ending intimate partner violence. Upload your pictures on social media in your green gear using the hashtags #BystanderPower, #BeAnActiveBystander, and #KnowHow2Act so we can find you. We’re also asking the community to take the Green Dot Pledge and challenge others around them to do the same!

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE: August 21, as we have a special event planned with The Lexington Legends for Superhero Night – more details to come.

Other events and promotions can be found on the Green Dot Lexington website or by following Green Dot Lexington on Facebook and Instagram.

 “Creating a culture where power-based personal violence no longer exists is possible, but it takes all of us doing our part to prevent it! As a bystander you have the power to make a difference by choosing safety for those in harm’s way.”

To schedule a training for your team of six or more, organizations/departments can email Dawn Runyon at

For more information about Lexington’s Green Dot program visit

Family Care Center

Over 11 Years of Service

On June 24 the Family Care Center said farewell to their director Joanna Rodes. Thank you for your service and dedication to case management for parents, early childhood childcare, HANDS, high school parent education, and more.

Performance Quality Improvements


Department of Social Services endorses a client-oriented culture of continuous improvement committed to providing quality services, achieving goals, and producing positive outcomes. The Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) process is broad-based and inclusive of stakeholders and staff at all levels, utilizing data to evaluate performance goals, client outcomes, and indicators. All DSS employees are instrumental in developing and implementing improvement plans, which enable DSS to fulfill its mission and accomplish long term goals.

Please click on the link below to view the latest Annual Report

PQI-DSS Annual Report

FY22 Safety Meeting Data Summary

The Department of Social Services is tracking data for FY22 and FY23 related to two management and operational goals: 1) A minimum of 10 outreach events will be attended annually; 2) The Department will achieve a minimum of 80% compliance of monthly safety information meetings or communications. For the past 11 months the Department has achieved these goals with a total of 20 events attended and an 85% compliance rate for monthly safety communications. 

Substance Abuse Prevention

During FY 2022, by way of the Recovery Supportive Living Assistance Program, nearly 500 individuals in early recovery from substance use disorder who were entering or continuing in recovery supportive housing received assistance. The program will begin accepting applications again during the first week of July.


International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31. If you would like to display a silver bow in support of those who have lost a loved one or friend to addiction, please contact Amy Baker at 

Grassroots Grant Allocations Program


Through the Grassroots Grant Allocations Program, small, hands-on, grassroots programs are awarded grants of $750-$3,000. We are excited to share that 33 programs have been awarded Grassroots Grants for our 2022-2023 cycle! We’ll be sharing our Grassroots Grant site visits one our Facebook page, as well; follow us to learn more about these wonderful programs!

“I DO” Initiative: Community Partnerships

Our Gainesway Community Partners recently hosted the Gainesway Festival of Neighbors, in partnership with Lexington Parks & Recreation! 19 local businesses and organizations served as vendors, providing fun and informative activities & resources for children and families. Over 135 community members joined us for a day of sunshine, fun, and togetherness!

Our Cardinal Valley Community Partners table is hosting Adopt a Park at Valley Park from 2-5 p.m. July 25 through 29! Over 100 children attended this event over Spring Break – we can’t wait to see how many youths join us in July for free, fun, safe activities in Valley Park! 

The mission of Department of Social Services is to provide and support an easily accessible system of human services for Fayette County.

Commissioner Kacy Allen-Bryant

Family Care Services

Aging & Disability Services

Youth Services

Domestic Violence Prevention

Substance Use Disorder Intervention

Partners for Youth