▪ A 31,000-square-foot center that will provide housing, kitchen and dining, educational, therapeutic, medical, community services offices, and a full gymnasium space.
▪ Renovation of a historic home that will serve as administrative space
▪ A new 12,500-square-foot chapel and staff and community training center
▪ An Equine Therapy Complex with a six-stall horse barn and paddocks
▪ Outdoor Recreation Areas for softball , tennis, and basketball, nature walk trails and a lake
“Currently, we serve over 140 children on average per day … ,” Ryles-Smith said. “This new facility will relocate 20 beds from our Versailles residential program. With expansion of our community services, we will significantly increase the number of children, serving hundreds more each year.”
Frontier Nursing University in Hyden will add another location by moving into the Methodist Homes’ current Versailles campus. The Methodist Home has 216 acres on U.S. 60 east of Versailles.
The Rev. Randy Coy, president and CEO of the Methodist home, has said that the home doesn’t need as much space as it currently has.
One of the primary factors in choosing Jessamine County was the school district’s “excellent” alternative school program, said Ryles-Smith. “Matt Moore, Assistant Superintendent of Jessamine County Public Schools, has worked closely with us helping plan the design and equipment for our on-campus school which will be staffed by Jessamine County Public School educators. “
The Methodist home has been in existence since 1871, when it started as an outreach to widows and orphans impacted by the Civil War. The home was originally in downtown Louisville but relocated to the farm in Woodford County in 1931, said Ryles-Smith.
In the 1970s, the home transitioned from an orphanage to a treatment facility. The 20 children who are on the Woodford campus are in group and individual therapy.
The new main building will put most services under one roof rather than spreading it out among a dozen buildings as it is in Woodford County. The money for the Jessamine purchase came from privately raised funds. The organization has started a capital campaign.
Additionally, when there is a fifth Sunday of a month, Methodist churches in Kentucky are encouraged to take an offering for the home. Those offerings generate about $1.5 million each year.
“It will be wonderful to have a new facility designed specifically to meet the complex needs of youth entrusted to our care,” Coy said. “However, what is even more exciting is the ways in which this move allows us to meet the future needs of hundreds of families across the commonwealth.”