Catholic Action Center

Lexington, Kentucky

Design Disciplines Needed

Desired Services
Design consultation and permit-ready architectural drawings.

Project Description

This project consolidates the services of the Catholic Action Center and the Community Inn in one location. This project will combine both facilities' services a mere 8/10 of a mile from the current Winchester Road location, crucial to the proximity of those being served. The facility to be remodeled at 1055 Industry Road has been purchased.

Founded in June, 2000, in Lexington, Ky., the Catholic Action Center is based on the Catholic Worker Movement, began by Dorothy Day. The center is a house of hospitality that welcomes all who are in need. It is a faith based outreach of volunteers who strive to provide all guests a welcoming place to receive their basic needs with dignity.

The mission of the center is to “fill in the gap" of services for our brothers and sisters in need with no government funding by providing an opportunity for people of faith to connect with and serve the marginalized of our community. Three meals a day, shower and restroom facilities, mail receipt, a telephone, clean clothing and a place to gather are all a part of the hospitality offered. Caring ears to listen and connections with social service agencies are also available. Daily prayer services are held for those who hunger spiritually.

On April 2, 2011, The Community Inn opened its doors to provide shelter, comfort, dignity and connection for men and women who have no place to call home. The Catholic Action Center and Emmanuel Apostolic Church are partnering to offer this shelter at EAC’s 824 Winchester Road location. Emmanuel Apostolic Church, under the leadership of Elder James McDonald has served the marginalized and homeless for 19 years in Lexington, Ky.; the Catholic Action Center is in its 11th year of offering a house of hospitality for these most marginalized and often invisible members of our community.