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Volunteer Opportunities

Serve a Meal 

The Jacobs Hope Cafeteria serves over 7,000 meals per month to clients housed in our Emergency Shelter. Our staff prepare and cook the meals, and we utilize volunteers to serve those meals to our clients.

We serve three meals a day, seven days a week. The times for each meal are listed below:

  • Breakfast: 6:30-7:30 AM weekdays, 8 – 9 AM weekends
  • Lunch: 12 – 1 PM daily
  • Dinner: 5 – 6 PM daily

Note: We can accommodate a maximum of 4-6 volunteers per meal service. Volunteers serving meals must be age 12 or older, and volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Masks are recommended.

Volunteers interested in serving at the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria can apply via the link to the right!

Share Your Expertise

Are you a personal trainer? Work in banking food service, or a health service field? Do you have a special skill or some kind of training that may benefit the needs of our clients? Let us know!

Our clients attend life skill classes, which prepare them for successful independent living. We have volunteers who teach a variety of classes, including personal finance, healthy cooking, anger management, meditation, and more!

If you are interested in leading a life skills class, please email us at

Make HopeMobile Sandwiches

The Hope Center’s Mobile Outreach Program, the HopeMobile, is parked at a different downtown location each weekday. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers to prepare the 100+ sack lunches that are distributed to people in need each weekday.

Sandwiches for the HopeMobile should be high-protein with no condiments, (we have packets of mayo/mustard that we give out with them so they don’t get soggy if we need to store them overnight). For example, you can do turkey or ham and cheese, or PB&J (if you do PB&J, let us know when you drop them off so they can be used first before they get soggy). Please place each sandwich in an individual Ziploc bag.

If you would like to prepare full sack lunches, feel free to include fruit cups, granola bars, beef jerky sticks, cookies or individually wrapped snack items or crackers. You may also donate bottled water alongside sandwiches/sack lunches.

Sandwiches and/or lunches can be dropped off at our Men’s Emergency Shelter, 360 W. Loudon, anytime between 8 AM – 8 PM. You do not need to schedule your sandwich making time, just drop off donations when it’s convenient for you, and there’s no set amount you need to prepare.


Get Help

Emergency Shelter

360 W. Loudon Ave. Lexington, Ky 40508: 859-252-7881

Hyde Hope Health Clinic: 859-225-5035

(For Recovery Program intake, call the Emergency Shelter and ask for Intake)

Reach Us

Men's Recovery Intake Number


Women's Recovery Intake Number


Donations & volunteers


The Hope Center is a 501c3 non-profit.
For all donations or volunteer assistance contact the Development Department at 859-721-0144.

For Men’s Emergency Shelter and Recovery Program questions and intake call 859-252-7881.
For Women’s Recovery Program intake call 859-252-2002.

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Last Updated: 1/4/2022