Group Opportunities

All serving opportunities for Thanksgiving are full. However, we would be happy to schedule you for a later date.

This half-day opportunity combines hands-on service with an educational tour of the Men’s Emergency Shelter to provide your group with a deeper understanding of the issues of homelessness, poverty and addiction. Participants emerge from this session as educated advocates who can bring new insight about the issues of homelessness and poverty to their work places and communities.

A session can be designed to meet the needs of your group. We are happy to collaborate with you to ensure that your group gains knowledge of the issues that interest you. A typical Learn and Serve day will include a tour, presentation of our programs and the opportunity to serve a meal at the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria. Perfect for groups of 5-15 volunteers.


Volunteer Serving FoodOur Jacobs Hope Cafeteria serves over 38,000 meals per month, and we rely on church groups, civic groups and businesses to help us feed the homeless. Our staff prepares and cooks the meal, and we utilize volunteers to serve meals and drinks to our clients. Meal times are as follows:

Breakfast: Mon. – Fri., 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. & Sat. – Sun. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Everyday
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Everyday

We can accommodate a maximum of 6-8 volunteers per meal service.


This opportunity allows volunteers to supply the food for a meal or make a fiscal contribution covering the cost of food and interact with our clients though hands-on service. Not only will you have the satisfaction of covering the cost of a meal, you will have the chance to see your donation put to work as you help prepare the food and serve our clients! The average cost for a meal is $200 – $250, and we typically serve between 200-250 people per meal.

Unable to cover the cost of a meal? The Hope Center appreciates any donation of your group’s time and energy. Groups are more than welcome to serve meals whether or not they are able to sponsor them. Please note that our meal service calendar does book up in advance so plan ahead! Perfect for 3-10 volunteers.


Our mobile outreach program, the HopeMobile, distributes 100-150 brown bag lunches each day to the downtown Lexington homeless. We rely on volunteers to prepare sandwiches and lunches for our HopeMobile. Sandwiches can be made at your convenience in a location of your choice, with as many or as few volunteers as you have. We ask that sandwiches not include vegetables or condiments, and consist of mainly protein (lunch meat or peanut butter). Sandwiches/bag lunches can be dropped off at the Hope Center Emergency Shelter at 360 W. Loudon Avenue.


The Hope Center is always in need of donations of gently-used clothing, household items and travel size personal hygiene items, such as shampoo, soap, disposable razors, shaving cream and deodorant. We cannot accept any alcohol based toiletries including hand sanitizer or mouthwash. Holding a Needs Drive is a great way for a church youth group, scouting troop, fraternity, sorority or business to help the homeless. Hold a toiletries drive, sock drive, or coat drive today and your donations will be put to immediate use helping those who need them most.


Group OpportunitiesBetween our Men’s and Women’s Recovery Centers, Men’s Emergency Shelter and the Jacobs House, there is always something that needs to be done! We utilize business groups, churches and other dedicated volunteer groups for projects such as painting, landscaping, and cleaning projects. To schedule a group service project, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Carey Cairo, at or at (859) 225-4673. Perfect  groups of 5 – 15 volunteers.