Charles Young Center Programs

Nonprofit Capital Project Grants Program

ARPA Funded Nonprofit Capital Project Grants Program

One-time grant provided to local 501(c)(3) agencies for major capital projects in two categories:

1) Facility Improvements

(such as the purchase, construction, expansion, repair of a building, or installation or major overhaul of HVAC systems, etc.)

2) Operational Investments

(the purchase of major equipment, e.g. generator or vehicle)

  • An RFP for ARPA Nonprofit Capital Projects (NCG) was issued by Purchasing and responses were received on June 21, 2022 for the available $6,418,239 in funding allotted by Council.
  • Responses:
  • 56 Community Partners responded
  • 138 projects totaling $21,160,111

Facility Improvements- $15,246,107

Operational Investments- $5,914,004

The top ranked 45 projects from 23 Community Partners were funded at 100% of their ask.

Grant Projects

Purple Peace Pumpkins are Returning!

Throughout October, purple pumpkins will be displayed in businesses and organizations around Lexington to show that domestic violence can be found everywhere.

Purple is the nationally recognized color for domestic violence awareness and the purple pumpkins are part of a new Peace Pumpkins campaign from GreenHouse17 and DSVPC. Each pumpkin has a card with a QR code linking to a list of local domestic violence resources and services.

DSVPC and GH17 encourage people to take a picture of themselves with the purple pumpkins they find and post the photo on social media using #PeacePumpkins and #LexStopDSV to help spread the word of support and resources even further.

Purple Thursday

Purple Thursday is on October 20, 2022. We are asking individuals and organizations to wear purple on that day to visibly show support for survivors in our community and to encourage conversations about how domestic violence affects our community.

Posting a picture on social media of yourself or your team in purple is another powerful way to share a message of support. Participants are encouraged to include a message about why they are participating in Purple Thursday and to use hashtags #PurpleThursday and #LexStopDSV.

Survivor Handbook

Know someone who has questions about a protective order or wants to know more about what resources are available to survivors in Fayette County? See the electronic version of our Survivor Handbook here: This handbook is available in six languages: English, Spanish, Swahili, French, Arabic, and Nepali

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

Green Dot Lexington – Bystander Month Awareness by Dawn Runyon

We had a wonderful month full of activities in honor of Bytander Awareness Month in August. The big kick off was held at Wild Health Field as Green Dot Lexington was the featured Community Program for the day. Green Dot Lexington’s Dawn Runyon, was joined on the field during the Aug 21 “Super Hero Sunday” game by several supporters, including our very own Commissioner Kacy Allen-Bryant, to throw out the first pitch of the game. Big L even wore our coveted “Know How to Act” T-Shirt!

Thank you to everyone who supported us and participated in our Week of Action activities, Aug 21 – 27. We had several prizes to give away thanks to our Green Dot Shops throughout Grey Line Station. LFUCG Director for Community & Resident Services, Danielle Sanders, scored big with a FREE Dinner for two from Porterhouse BBQ for posting up during Green Dot Thursday, sporting her Green outfit – (she has yet to invite me to join her, but I digress, LOL) - thanks for participating!

Check out this great feature story on Bystander Awareness Month by Spectrum 1 News:

Did you get to see the lights down at the Helix Garage? Special shout out to LexPark for lighting it up Green in honor of our Bystanders!

We ended the month by bringing on a new community partner and Green Dot Spot, The Nest Center for Women and Children – we truly appreciate Katie Mooney and her staff for taking the time to go through our two-hour virtual training. They are doing their part to help reduce the rates of people being harmed by domestic and sexual violence in our city!

Unfortunately, we were unable to hold our first In-person training in September as planned, but we are excited to announce that the Lexington Public Library has taken on the challenge to become a Green Dot Spot by training all of their full-time staff in the Bystander Intervention program.

Remember that your department can also become a Green Dot Spot by contacting to schedule a two-hour virtual training for your team of 6 or more. Individuals can also participate in any of our OPEN community trainings (check Facebook page for info) or sign up through HR for the LFUCG sponsored quarterly training offerings – the next one will be Nov. 16 at 1pm!

Community Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts

Lexington has seen a definite spike in the number of domestic violence homicides this year. For community members wondering how they can help be part of the solution, DSVPC has resources!

Become an active bystander! Green Dot Lexington provides FREE bystander training to help people learn skills and strategies to safely interrupt violence before it occurs. If you and/or an organization are interested in receiving this training, reach out to Dawn Runyon at

Check out our guide for friends, families, and communities to support survivors of intimate partner violence and hold accountable those who cause harm. Find this guide on our website here:


Partners for Youth is excited for a Fall full of positive youth programming! LaDonna Walker joined the PFY team as the Community Partners Coordinator. She will be leading the West End Community Partners table and organizing the Metro C.A.T.S. program, set to begin on October 12th

Our community partners tables are meeting every other month while school is in session to come up with great ways to serve youth and families.

We are happy to announce that we have a new van! Thanks to ARPA funding, we will be able to transport youth to events more often.

To learn more about our programs and partners, follow us on Facebook at Partners For Youth Foundation, Inc.!

Program List

Family Care Center

Welcome Director Shelia Horton-Holt

Shelia Horton-Holt took over as the director of the Family Care Center in July, replacing Joanna Rodes, who retired after a decade at the helm. Shelia’s promotion came less than a year after she started with the City as a family support worker in the HANDS program.

But when Rodes’ job came open, Shelia expressed interest in the position and was selected for the role. 

“My background is in early childhood education,” Shelia said. “I was in early childhood education for over 20 years before coming to the Family Care Center. That’s what attracted me to it. Not just that piece, but when I was in HANDS, several families on my caseload were some of the young ladies at the high school. Half of my caseloads were at the high school. When I started working with them and then I started working with Melissa (Turner) in Family Coordination because we shared some clients, that’s when I found the love for the campus.” 

Shelia has worked in early childhood development for over 20 years. She began her career as a substitute and then worked her way up to a floater, teacher, assistant director, and director and eventually owned two childcare centers. She closed the centers once the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. 

As she settles into her new position, Shelia has focused on learning more about the people at the Family Care Center and also learning more about her essential job functions. 

“My main thing is getting to know all the staff, learning the different policies and procedures for each area,” Shelia said. “That’s been the main thing because there’s no school right now. All the young ladies are out for school, so that’s given me some time to acclimate to the campus.” 

One of the main goals Shelia hopes to accomplish early in her tenure is planning more community events at the Family Care Center. 

Shelia was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and joined the Army right after high school. She was a military police officer and spent four years on active duty and four years in the National Guard. 

When she’s not working, Shelia enjoys spending time with friends and family. 

“I like to hang out with my grandbabies,” Shelia said. “That’s one of my favorite things to do. I have three grandbabies that I like to hang out with. I’m just a family person. I’m in that friends and family mode. I just like that quality time with them.”

Senior Center


Lindsay Medley, new Social Worker Sr at the Lexington Senior Center.

Friends of the Lexington Senior Center GALA event coming October 13th.

308 New seniors have joined our Centers in June, July and August.

Channel 36 highlighted our Prime Time Dancers and Crochet for a Cause in their Positivity segments.

Fox Channel 56 highlighted the Eldercrafters for their Give Back Program

273 people enjoyed the Grandparents as Parents Conference on September 22, 2022. (photos below)

320 People attended the I know expo at the Senior Center on September 10, 2022. (photos below)

Director Kristy Stambaugh presented Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly Activities at a regional aging conference.

Lexington has joined the CDC in a new initiative to get people active and healthy. It is called Active People, Healthy Kentucky-Lexington. Our kickoff event will be on Halloween at the Charles Young Center.  



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

Green Dot Lexington