Police officer , Arbor Youth unite to keep young adults off the street

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Arbor Youth Services is expanding by adding more bedrooms to sleep homeless youth.

A community effort, led by Arbor Youth and Lexington Police Officer Ryan Holland, is to fix up a historic home in downtown Lexington and prepare it to provide emergency housing to youth ages 18-24.

Next door, Arbor Youth already provides emergency shelter for newborns through age 17 who come from abuse, abandonment, are between foster care placements, among other situations.

“Imagine being 18, kicked out of your home as soon as you graduate, and you have nowhere to go.” Development Director Andrew Shayde says. “An 18-year-old could be afraid to stay in an adult shelter with people say, in their 60’s, who have been chronically homeless for years. We want to break the cycle of homelessness before it ever begins.”

Officer Holland spends much of his free time finding Kentuckians who need help and organizes community volunteers to step in and provide the assistance at no cost.

“Our community is powerful together. In this circumstance we can donate to help ensure young Kentuckians aren’t sleeping under a bridge. Every youth deserves a safe place to sleep,” Holland said.

Arbor Youth is working to raise money to purchase the supplies while the following companies are donating their time and labor; C&M Home Repair, Lexington Fire Department, Got You 6 Plumbing LLC, Central Kentucky Hardwood Flooring, and CLC Construction and Remodeling. Ashley HomeStore is providing the bunk beds and mattresses.

The home is at 540 W 3rd St. Lexington, KY 40508.

Kentuckians can help by donating at www.ArboyKY.org/Donate. Donations will go to purchase remaining furniture needs and the remodel supplies.

Since 1976 Arbor Youth Services has provided a safe and supportive environment for children who have suffered abuse, abandonment or are at-risk of victimization.

  • Arbor Youth generally houses more than 300 youth per year.
  • 1 in 7 youth will run away before age 18.
  • A child is abused or neglected every 35 seconds in the United States.
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