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Hope’s Place, Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: Yes – 0
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Hope’s Place, Inc.
Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky 41101

County (ARC Region) Boyd
State (ARC Region) Kentucky


Q1. Mission:

Hope’s Place is a victim-focused Children’s Advocacy Center that provides a safe atmosphere for the victim, lessens trauma and promotes healing by maximizing services through a multi-disciplinary team approach.  Hope’s Place actively seeks to reduce the occurrence of sexual abuse and heighten awareness through prevention education.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

  1. Our non-profit utilizes local businesses and local resources as much as possible. We also provide free services to five counties in KY, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties.
  2. Our advocacy program helps families impacted by sexual and physical abuse, neglect and poverty. Our advocates provide wrap-around services to strengthen families and promote autonomy for children and families in our region. If  a child or family member needs a service that we don’t have available at our center we utilize our community partner relationships to get families and children the help they need.
  3. We don’t directly improve infrastructure but we do provide bus passes and tokens and cab vouchers to families that need assistance with transportation to appointments and to resources.
  4. Hope’s Place works closely with local resources in each of our FIVCO service counties and encourage our clients to utilize community resources and embrace their culture.
  5. Hope’s Place works closely with Ramey Estep, Pathways, Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter, The Neighborhood, United Way, and many other agencies and community partners to collaborate on training initiatives, therapeutic group offerings, resources and other events to promote local communities and businesses and to encourage children and families to support local businesses and non-profits.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: Yes

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 14/0 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 12/0 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $935,000/$900,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $937,556 / $798,105

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $935,000 / $900,000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kentucky   Date Received: Pending application decision
For What Purpose(s): PPE, COVID cleaning support, cleaning supplies, equipment and resources to support our switch to telehealth and a remote work force

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Hope’s Place has had to buy new equipment, new subscriptions and other things to switch our entire work force to virtual service provision when possible. We have continued to offer emergency forensic interviews, specialized sexual assault medical exams and crisis counseling sessions on-site which has required additional cleaning, additional supplies including PPE, additional laptops and tablets for remote trainings and telehealth sessions. We have added an on-site child care for employees that must work in the office when their kids are not in school due to COVID cases or for any remote learning situation. Hope’s Place has spent and anticipates spending thousands of dollars to continue uninterrupted services for the over 1,000 children and caregivers we serve each year.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Maintaining and sustaining current levels of service with the impending federal budget cuts anticipated in the fall and winter of 2020.
Providing and maintaining a safe environment for children, families and team members and being able to get necessary supplies and find funding to cover these additional expenses for an indefinite period of time.
Providing long-term sustainability for our center when so many things are unstable and unredictable.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

My goal is to learn as much as I can about sustainability, board development, team enhancement, short and/or long-term financial planning and any information that will allow us to serve children and families free of charge for decades to come. The opportunity to learn from this program is exciting and the program content seems very relevant to our current needs and our long-term goals.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Mission & Operations

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Lisa Phelps, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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