New Life Day Center assists those in need in the downtown Lexington area. Through our services, we help empower individuals to become stable, independent, and proud. With your help, we serve some of our city’s most vulnerable in life-changing ways. We use your support to help offer medical services, get panhandlers off the streets, house individuals, and ultimately connect them to Christ.
In 2016, there were upwards of 125 panhandlers on the streets at any given time in Lexington. Other cities had success with a public awareness campaign and panhandling van to reduce the number of panhandlers on the streets. Mayor Jim Gray tasked New Life Day Center with benchmarking and operating the End Panhandling Now Van to reduce numbers across the city.
Not only has the van reduced the number of active panhandlers by over 85%, hundreds of miles of city roads have been picked up in our first three years! The panhandlers also prefer to work for their money, rather than standing on the street corners which is dangerous and demeaning.
How the Panhandling Van Has Helped:
11: Number of panhandlers that work per day
2-10: Number of miles cleaned per day
150: Number of bags of litter picked up per day
*In April of 2016, 125 panhandlers were counted on the streets.
In September 2019, 15 panhandlers were counted on the streets.
Bluegrass Community Health Clinic has partnered with New Life Day Center and provides medical services through its on-site clinic operations. Medical professionals offer preventative and ongoing medical care for the clients at NLDC. Clinic hours for medical providers are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information on what BCHC provides, please visit their website.
The Services Provided by Nurses Include:
Adult and geriatric chronic and episodic primary care
Blood Pressure Screening
Blood Glucose Screening
BMI Screening (Body Mass Index)
HIV Oral rapid testing/screening/education
Oral Health Screening (checking teeth and oral health)
Dental Vouchers (Good for 90 days and $150 of services, additional dental financial assistance is available upon request)
Vaccines: Flu, Tdap (Tetanus), Covid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, and Varicella
The Services Provided by Medical Providers Include:
Doctor assessments for acute and chronic conditions
Written prescriptions (no regular refills and no medications will be distributed on-site)
Women’s health care: pap smear, contraception/family planning, and pregnancy diagnosis
STD education, screening, and treatment
Referrals to external referral resources (dental, HIV treatment)
Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment (Vivitrol injections for opioid/alcohol dependence)
The Services Provided by Mental Health Providers Include:
SBIRT (drug and alcohol assessment)
PHQ (depression assessment)
Counseling for mental health issues
Referrals to other mental health professionals (at clinic and otherwise)
On-site behavioral health provider daily
Psychiatric nurse once/week
Other Services Include:
Care Coordinator—Uber health
Pharmacist on site for medication consults and patient education