This page has been created to connect Woodford County residents with various resources. If there are needed additions or corrections, please contact Brian Traugott at 859-806-7743 or BTraugott@versaillesky.com.
Woodford County is blessed with an active and helpful Health Department. They offer medical, environmental, and community services. A full list of their programs can be accessed at www.WCHD.com, and below is a partial list of some of the medical services they offer. They are provided in a confidential manner and may require an appointment, which can be scheduled by calling 859-873-4541.
- Immunization for DTaP, Polio, MMR, Prevnar, Hib, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, Meningococcal, Rotavirus, Td, Tdap, Gardasil and Influenza
- Fluoride supplement for infants and preschool children
- Tuberculosis risk assessments, including a follow-up on positive skin tests
- Sexually transmitted disease services, including free medication
- HIV testing and counseling, which can be done anonymously
- Grief counseling for parents and family members impacted by the death of a child
- Family planning services, based on a sliding fee schedule
- Pre-pregnancy counseling services, which include screening for health risk behavior, counseling to promote a healthy pregnancy, and folic acid
- Prenatal services to income eligible pregnant females who live in Woodford County
- Well child services for children from birth to 21 years old with certain income guidelines
- Food and nutrition supplement for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women under the WIC program
- Cancer screening services for all uninsured women, including annual pap smear and breast exam for non-childbearing aged women, provided on a sliding fee scale
- Services to all persons with high blood pressure
- Diabetes services to all individuals, including blood sugar monitoring and education
Woodford County is also blessed to have Bluegrass Community Hospital to serve many of our medical needs. The facility, located at 360 Amsden Drive, is home to a 24-hour Emergency Room as well as a variety of diagnostic services including radiology (X-ray), ultrasound, CT scans, digital mammography, MRI, and blood testing. The facility also provides sports medicine services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. They can be reached at 859-873-3111 or www.bluegrasscommunityhospital.com
The Affordable Care Act requires each United States citizen to have health insurance coverage. If not provided by an employer or Medicare, an individual can purchase a plan at https://www.healthcare.gov. If you believe you may be eligible for Medicaid coverage, please visit https://benefind.ky.gov to sign up or apply.
Children with orthopaedic issues may be treated at Shriners Hospital of Lexington. They provide free care to all children up to age 18 that have an orthopaedic issue for which they can have a positive impact. This includes, but is not limited to, club hand, broken bones and scoliosis. They are located at 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington KY 40502 and can be reached by dialing 859-266-2101. http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/Locations/lexington
Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass) provides invaluable end-of-life care to patients. The services can be provided in the patient's home, a nursing home, or in-patient at their facility at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Their services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs Insurance, and most private insurance providers, but nobody is denied services because of their inability to pay. They can be reached at 800-876-6005 or www.bgcarenav.org
For people needing assistance with the cost of prescription drugs, many programs exist to aid them. The Partnership for Prescription Drug Assistance https://www.pparx.org will work to match you with a beneficial assistance program. The website www.needymeds.org has a prescription benefit card that can be printed and used at any participating pharmacy to reduce the cost of prescription drugs that aren't covered by health insurance. If you visit the RxAssist website www.rxassist.org which is funded by prescription drug companies, you can type in the name of your medication to see what types of programs the manufacturers offer. Health Kentucky is a nonprofit organization established to help patients with or without insurance who can't afford their prescriptions. Their telephone number is 800-633-8100 and their website is www.healthkentucky.org.
Those who bravely served our country deserve the finest care and benefits. Lexington has two Veterans Affairs medical facilities. One is located at 1101 Veterans Drive, near UK hospital, and the other is 2250 Leestown Road. Either facility can be reached by dialing 859-233-4511 or http://www.lexington.va.gov/.
American Legion Post 67, located in downtown Versailles, has a Service Officer who is enthusiastic about helping fellow veterans. The Legion is located at 138 South Main St and can be reached online at http://www.americanlegionky67.com/ or 859-873-7064.
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs exists solely to serve the more than 330,000 veterans in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and their families. They excel at make sure our brave men and women receive all benefits and services they have earned. The Department has field representatives across the state devoted to giving personalized attention to each veteran. Our field representative is located in Harrodsburg and holds office hours on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Woodford County Public Library at 115 North Main St. Our current counselor is Eileen Ward and she can be reached at 859-325-8288 or Eileen.Ward@ky.gov. You can find their website at http://veterans.ky.gov.
The Bluegrass Community Action Council is often the first place to begin looking for assistance. They provide a myriad of services and general assistance, but also serve as a clearinghouse and recommendation hub for many other services, including those provided by the Woodford County Ministerial Association. Community developer Susan Hughes is a great resource and can be reached at 859-873-8182. http://www.bluegrasscommunityaction.org/Pages/woodford.html
The United Way of the Bluegrass https://www.uwgb.org/ is able to provide an extensive list of resources when you need help and don't know where to turn. They operate the 2-1-1 at any time and be directed to a helpful resource. The database is also online at http://www.uwbg211.org/.
The Woodford County Public Library is a valuable asset to the community. Not only are they the repository for many books and research materials, they have services for children such as story time, provide meeting room space, and host many activities beneficial to our residents. http://www.woodfordcountylibrary.com/index.php. You can reach the main library in downtown Versailles by telephone at 859-873-5191 or the Midway branch at 859-846-4014.
Mentors & Meals is a local organization that provides assistance to middle school students through tutoring and peer support as well as providing a hot meal. http://mentors-meals.org. The organization can also be reached at 859-552-6873 or Lisa@mentors-meals.org.
The Hope Center www.hopectr.org provides an emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness. The shelter is located at 360 West Loudon Avenue in Lexington. They can be reached at 859-252-7881. If you need a ride to the shelter, please call 859-873-3126 and the Versailles Police Department will provide that service. If you know of someone who is temporarily homeless, please encourage them to seek this shelter, especially in the event of extreme weather conditions.
The Lexington Salvation Army provides shelter to homeless men with children and to homeless men with wives and children. http://ky.salvationarmy.org/lex-kentucky
They can also be reached by phone at 859-252-7706.
The Versailles Housing Authority www.versailleshousingauthority.org provides subsidized housing in Versailles. The agency operates under federal guidelines and involves a detailed application and approval process. Their physical address is 519 Poplar St and they can be reached at 859-873-5351.
Woodford County Habitat for Humanity works with folks in need to build or renovate affordable quality housing. http://www.habitat.org/cd/kit/homepage.aspx?page=woodfordhfh. They can also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 859-333-0440.
For victims of domestic violence, calling 9-1-1 is always the safest thing to do. However, if you choose not to, there are some other resources available.
Greenhouse 17 is an organization that covers Woodford County and 16 others. They have a 24-hour crisis line (1-800-544-2022), a 32-bed emergency shelter, and advocates to help walk you through the legal process. http://greenhouse17.org.
The Nest provides a safe place for women and children in a crisis. They provide individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence, including those who speak Spanish. They also assist with the legal process of obtaining a DVO. https://thenestlexington.org or 859-259-1974 x225.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233. They are trained to deal with difficult situations and brainstorm your next steps.
RAPE/ SEXUAL ASSAULT
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, please dial 9-1-1 immediately. It is important that we stop all sexual assaults, and reporting these incidents helps in that mission.
The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-656-4673. A counselor can meet you at the hospital to undergo the necessary medical process and will guide you through all next steps. www.bluegrassrapecrisis.org
If you are aware of or suspect child abuse, please consider dialing 9-1-1 especially if a child is in danger. There is also a National Child Abuse Hotline - 1-800-4A-CHILD (800-422-4453) www.childhelp.org. The Child Protection Branch of the Department of Community Based Services operates a 24-hour hotline to report suspected child abuse. The number is 877-KYSAFE1 (877-597-2331.)
In the event of abuse of sexual exploitation of a child, the Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, located in Lexington, exists to provide support. They conduct physical and psychological exams of children who are victims of sexual abuse. Examinations are by appointment at 859-225-KIDS (859-225-1102) www.kykids.org
PREGNANCY/ WOMEN'S CARE
Women's health services can be pursued at the offices of many of our local health care practitioners, including Bluegrass Community Hospital. Women's Care of the Bluegrass, located in the hospital, provides a full array of services for women and expected mothers. Their number is 502-227-BABY (502-227-2229) and their website is http://www.wcotb.com/locations/womens_care_of_the_bluegrass_versailles.aspx
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program provides supplemental nutritional food to pregnant women, those breastfeeding infants up to age 1, and children up to age 5. Women are eligible who earn less than 185% of the federal poverty level. The Woodford County Health Department is the local contact for the WIC program. They can be contacted at 859-873-4541 or www.WCHD.com
For women with unplanned pregnancies, many options exist for counseling and financial assistance. Birthright of Lexington (800-550-4900) provides services to meet emotional and financial needs with respect to the life of both mother and child. www.birthright.org/en/landingpage/lp.lexington
Bluegrass Christian Adoption Services (859-276-2222) will help facilitate an adoption for expecting mothers. The service is free to the mother. https://www.bluegrass.adoption.wordpress.com
Opportunities for Life is a telephone-based counseling service located in Frankfort. Their hotline number is 800-822-5824.
Planned Parenthood has an office in Lexington. They provide a variety of services for women. Their contact number is 800-230-PLAN (800-230-7526). https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/kentucky/lexington/40503/bluegrass-health-center-3291-90500
The One Parent Scholar House in Lexington offers housing and child care for single mothers aged 18 and above who are enrolled as full-time students. www.oneparentscholarhouse.org.
The Nile, located in Versailles, provides services to women aged 18 and above who have substance abuse issues and are pregnant. They focus on three areas of enrichment - spiritual, personal, and professional, and give women a safe place to stay while they get their life in order. www.nilebabies.org or 859-873-9277.
Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support, Inc (http://www.bgovca.org) exists to provide support and share experiences with women who face these unique types of cancers. The group meets monthly and can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program provides supplemental nutritional food to pregnant women, those breastfeeding infants up to age 1, and children up to age 5. Women are eligible who earn less than 185% of the federal poverty level. The Woodford County Health Department is the local contact for the WIC program. They can be contacted at 859-873-4541 or www.WCHS.com.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides an Electronic Benefit Card to eligible persons for the purchase of food. You can apply for benefits online at https://benefind.ky.gov. The local office for Family Support is located at 115-D Crossfield Dr. The telephone number is 855-306-8959.
Woodford County is blessed to have an active Food Pantry. www.woodfordfoodpantry.org. To receive food packages, you must apply for a voucher at the Food Pantry, Bluegrass Community Action, or First Christian Church. Approval for a voucher is contingent upon income, status as a Woodford County resident, and members of your household. Once you are approved, you may come to the Food Pantry once per month to pick up a large quantity of food commodities. Up to six times per year you will have access to all other donated food at the pantry. The Food Pantry may be reached at 859-879-6373.
There is a free community dinner every Monday night from 5:30-6:30 in the Life Center at First Christian Church (across from CVS Pharmacy.) The only requirement is that your family sign in.
Midway Baptist Church, as a member of the God's Pantry Food Bank Network, hosts a food bank that is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Persons seeking more information may contact Mary Clanney in the church office at 859-846-4514 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodford County Senior Citizens Center not only offers senior citizens a welcome place to gather and enjoy each other's company and organized activities, they also serve hot lunches at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. Transportation is provided to and from the Center on those days if needed. Each weekday they also deliver meals to the home of senior citizens who are unable to leave their homes. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they do client errand appointments to Kroger, doctor appointments, etc. They can be reached at 859-873-8384 or www.bluegrasscommunityaction.org.
The Kentucky Career Center provides various services to assist Kentucky residents in finding employment, including special services for disabled individuals and the blind. It is the portal through which people can file unemployment claims or search for available jobs across the state. http://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
Journey Provisions has a mission to serve our community to the best of our ability in the ways it needs most. We provide low cost shopping for the working poor, ministries that offer free diapers, prom dresses, interview clothes, warm hats and gloves, and more to those in need. We also provide disaster relief with a storage closet of items a family would need in case of fire or flood. They provide a diaper closet for moms in need and operate Grace's closet which provides formal dresses and shoes for underprivileged teens. They are open on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Thursday from 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. They are located in the building to the right of Journey Church at 320 Hope Lane.
Dress for Success Lexington (1165 Centre Parkway, Ste 100) provides professional attire for women who are readying for a job interview. They also provide career counseling and support services for these women. 859-231-7848 or https://lexington.dressforsuccess.org/
The Bluegrass Community Action Partnership operates the B.U.S. (Bluegrass Ultra-transit Service) program in Woodford County. BUS provides transportation within Woodford County, as well as to Lexington and Frankfort for a small fee. These services are available from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Public transportation fares at $1.75/mile with a $5 minimum per trip. You can call 1-800-456-6588 to learn more about BUS ExPress pass to save on repeat trips. The Frankfort Connection is a bus service that travels from Frankfort to Lexington, including a stop at the Versailles Kroger. The Frankfort stops are the Cracker Barrel by I-64, the transit stop at Clinton/ Ann St, Wal-Mart, and Kentucky State University. The Lexington stops are the Bluegrass Airport, the Lextran terminal on Vine Street, and the Greyhound bus terminal. Round trip tickets for the Frankfort connect are $10 and you must reserve at least 24 hours in advance. For information call 1-800-456-6588.
Goodwill Cars to Work program is for individuals who don't own their vehicle but can afford a $250 down payment, minimum required auto insurance, and can make a car payment for two years. At the conclusion of two years you earn back the interest paid on the car loan. You must get referred to this program by the Bluegrass Community Action office. 859-873-8182.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is operated by the Bluegrass Community Action Agency. This program consists of a subsidy which occurs in November and December and varies between $34 - $274 per household based on income and other subsidies the household may be receiving. The LIHEAP crisis component in January, February, and March isfor those at risk of immediately losing their source of heat. Eligibility varies based on income and household size, but to be eligible for the crisis component a household must have a disconnect notice or already be disconnected.
Wintercare is a partnership between Community Action and utility companies to assist families that might not qualify for other heating assistance programs.
The Energy Assistance Program is funded by Columbia Gas and administered by Community Action. It provides a monthly subsidy on heating bills from November to March for Columbia Gas customers who earn less than 130% of the federal poverty level.
The Home Energy Assistance program is funded by Kentucky Utilities and administered by Community Action. It provides a monthly subsidy on heating bills from November to March and in July and August for KU customers who earn less than 130% of the federal poverty level.
WeCare is a program provided by Kentucky Utilities. It includes an energy audit for a household and work to drastically cut down on energy usage without sacrificing comfort.
Community Action offers weatherization services for homeowners and renters. This program helps to make a home more energy efficient. Weatherization Services are offered to households wholse income is 200% above the federal poverty level.
For more information on the above, contact the Community Developer at 859-873-8182. Community Action is located inside the Senior Citizens Center at 285 Beasley Road. Also add our Facebook page "Woodford Community Development".
ADDICTION/ MENTAL HEALTH
Bluegrass.org is the Community Mental Health Center that covers Woodford County. They serve a wide variety of patients needing mental health and substance abuse services. They have a 24-hour emergency contact line at 800-928-8000.
The Chrysalis House provides accredited residential treatment services for women with substance abuse problems. The telephone number for admissions is 800-713-0954.
The Ridge Behavioral Health System www.ridgebhs.com in Lexington provides a broad range of services relating to mental health and substance abuse. They have a 24-hour hotline at 800-753-4673.
The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth still has a campus in Versailles for juveniles to reside in cases of emergency or due to emotional, behavioral or substance abuse issues. Admittance must be based on referral from DCBS, juvenile justice, a social worker or others. www.kyumh.org
KVC Kentucky https://kentucky.kvc.org provides a broad range of services to children and families in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. They focus on family preservation and their contact number is 859-254-1035.
Narcotics Anonymous is represented by Kentucky Survivors Area in central Kentucky. There are various meetings each week in Lexington, Frankfort, Lawrenceburg, Georgetown, Nicholasville, and Versailles. Currently there is a meeting at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Journey Church, 320 Hope Lane, and also at 7 p.m. each Thursday at St. John's Church, 210 North Main St. http://www.kentuckysurvivors.com/. You can call 859-253-4673 and speak to a recovering addict in the area.
There are three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that occur each week in Woodford County. The parent organization can be found at http://www.bluegrassintergroup.org/. The meetings occur each Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church (210 North Main St), Thursdays at 8 p.m. at Versailles United Methodist Church (110 N Court St) and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Glen's Creek Baptist Church (4678 Steele Road.)
There are many private therapists in the area that provide exceptional service. You can search for one at https://www.psychologytoday.com/ and https://www.findapsychologist.org/.
Woodford County Adult Education offers GED and ESL (English as a second language) programs with both morning and evening classes in each program. http://woodfordadulted.weebly.com/ 859-879-4669 ext 4026.
You can visit http://www.ketfastforward.org/ to enroll in an online course of study to prepare for your GED exams.
Family Resource Centers exist in all four elementary schools. They provide many services to help their students have a successful educational career, primarily focusing on making sure needs are met at home. Please contact your child's school for more information.
Kentucky has a Child Care Assistance Program to help working families with the cost of child care. The Child Care Council of Kentucky exists to assist families with child care in many ways. http://childcarecouncilofky.com/
A representative who can take applications for the Child Care Assistance Program is at the Versailles office of DCBS (115-D Crossfield Dr) every day but Tuesday. 859-254-9176. Woodford County has many great child care providers, and they can be searched from the Child Care Council's website.
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation under the Kentucky Career Center helps individuals with disabilities achieve independence. http://kcc.ky.gov/Vocational-Rehabilitation/Pages/defaults.aspx. 859-246-2537.
The Kentucky Office of the Blind is also under the Kentucky Career Center and assists with services for the visually disabled. http://kcc.ky.gov/Office-for-the-Blind/Pages/default.aspx. 800-291-8424 or 859-246-2111.
Independence Place, which is located in Lexington, is a center for independent living. They are a nonresidential facility operated by and for the benefit of persons with disabilities. https://independenceplaceky.org/ 859-266-2807.
The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits to individuals who can't work because of a medical condition that is expected to be prolonged or lead to death. To find out more information and to determine if you qualify, visit https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/. There are local offices in Frankfort and Lexington (800-772-1213.)
The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living is the state agency that has oversight over programs for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/. They can be reached by phone at 502-564-4595.
Kentucky's Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network exists to help individuals with disabilities find assistance through technology. http://www.katsnet.org/. This service links people together to trade or borrow assistive technologies.
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing exists to provide outreach and direct services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. https://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/index.html.
Woodford County Emergency Management http://ww.woodfordem.com/ exists to help the citizens of Woodford County in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency situation. They help with preparedness and provide training. They can be contacted at 859-873-3170.
The American Red Cross provides services in the event of emergencies. We are served by the Bluegrass Area Chapter of the Red Cross. They can be contacted at 859-253-1331 or http://www.redcross.org/local/kentucky/about/local-chapters/bluegrass-area.
The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy exists to represent any indigent person charged with a crime that includes jail time or a fine of more than $500 as a possible punishment. To acquire a public defender, you must first ask the judge to appoint one.
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass www.lablaw.org provides certain free legal services in some family law cases, housing/ landlord issues, bankruptcy, denial of benefits, domestic abuse, and others. Please call 859-431-8200 to see if you qualify for their services.
The Maxwell Street Clinic provides legal representation in immigration cases for a very small fee. http://maxlegalaid.kyequaljustice.org/ or 859-233-3840.