By Abby Sutton
Nurturing, encouraging, supporting and teaching are the four main principles The Nest strives to provide for all who need it.
In operation since 1977, The Nest is a nonprofit organization that reaches out tosupport children and families in crisis in the Lexington area. The Nest helps by providing childcare and counseling programs along with providing people with basic needs. “80 percent of our clients are working but they’re the working poor,” said executive director Jeffery White.White began working at The Nest in 2010. “I started as the financial person,” said White. “Once I learned about the work it touched my heart.”
The Nest offers four main programs to help families in need. Free childcare is one of the programs provided for busy mothers who are sometimes struggling to make it. “It gives them a chance to rise above poverty,” said White.
The Self-Help Parent Program is designed to support families recovering from abuse, violence or neglect and to bring families back together to become a stronger family unit.
Domestic Violence Counseling and Support Program offers individual and group counseling and Crisis Care Management is a program that assists people with basic needs like blankets, toiletry items and clothing.
According to Sheri Estill, the director of Crisis Care Management, The Nest is always in need of volunteers. From sorting donations to working on painting projects, there are a variety of ways anyone can help out. “If people are creative about the things they can do, that really helps us,” said Estill.
To learn more about The Nest or find information on volunteering, visit thenestlexington.org.