Serving Christ by serving people in need.

Re:Center is an organization dedicated to the Christian belief that we have a duty to help the less fortunate. In our case, we rely on the gospel to help prevent homelessness, provide relief to the homeless, and rehabilitate the homeless population by repairing their relationship with Christ.

  • Our Mission

    To reconcile homeless and hurting people to God, family, and community by the power of Christ in partnership with the local church.

  • Our Beliefs

    We are committed to and guided by the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Bible. Additionally, our people and our programs adhere to the basic tenants of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

No organization lasts this long by being ineffective.

Founded by Steve P. Holcombe, a converted riverboat gambler and double-murderer, Re:Center began in a small room near City Hall where free meals and biblical counseling were offered to homeless and hurting people in our city. From the very beginning, we have been devoted to breaking the cycles of poverty and addiction through the power of the gospel.

  • 1881

    Steve P. Holcombe founds The Holcombe Mission. Each day, people come to the Mission for a meal and to hear Holcombe teach from the Bible.

  • 1885

    The ministry is gifted an old mansion from the City of Louisville. The ministry relocates and expands its ministries to provide overnight care for men, women, and children.

  • 1886

    The Holcombe Mission becomes Union Gospel Mission.

  • 1943

    The ministry almost goes bankrupt. The Long Run Association of Baptists (now known as the Louisville Regional Baptist Association) intervenes to protect the ministry from closing.

  • 1944

    Union Gospel Mission becomes Central Baptist Mission.

  • 1964

    Central Baptist Mission is renamed Jefferson Street Baptist Center after it merges with two church congregations and relocates to its current location a church at 733 East Jefferson Street. The ministry shifts away from providing overnight care and begins to focus on daytime programs, including kids’ camps, senior activities, and a daytime soup kitchen.

  • 1996

    The church congregation moves out of the facility on East Jefferson Street.. The ministry returns to being a parachurch organization that focuses exclusively on caring for the homeless and hurting.

  • 1997

    The Long Run Baptist Association (now known as the Louisville Regional Baptist Association) votes to reestablish Jefferson Street Baptist Center as an independent 501c3. Jefferson Street Baptist Center establishes its own board of directors and bylaws but the Association continues to play a crucial role in ministry operations.

  • 2000

    The sanctuary and classrooms are converted into 25 simple, overnight living quarters for men.

  • 2001

    In partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the ministry expands its facility to create 11 permanent supportive housing units for dually diagnosed men - that is, men with a history of addiction and a diagnosed mental illness or other disability.

  • 2009

    The ministry severs ties with approximately $90,000 in government funding - approximately 19% of its budget at the time to reclaim its commitment to proclaiming the gospel through its programs.

  • 2012

    Although the ministry experiences its most difficult financial season in 70 years, the year concludes with the ministry doubling its previous fundraising record. For the first time in its history, the ministry raises more than $1 million to care for the homeless and hurting.

  • 2013

    The ministry joins Citygate Network (formerly known as the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions), a collective of 300+ gospel-centered organizations serving the homeless in North America. The ministry breaks ground on a $175,000 renovation to its Drop-In Program facilities and the residential LifeChange Program serves more people than ever

  • 2014

    In September, Jefferson Street Baptist Center becomes Louisville Rescue Mission.

  • 2015

    Louisville Rescue Mission establishes The Holcombe Mercy Ministry Award to honor an individual or company each year who has made a substantial impact on the ministry.

  • 2016

    The ministry earns the highly-coveted accreditation with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

  • 2017

    In March, Louisville Rescue Mission opens Thrift 'n' Thrive, its first social enterprise. Over the course of the summer, the ministry also begins taking steps to provide homeless prevention services at a new campus just across the river in Southern Indiana.

  • 2018

    In September, Louisville Rescue Mission changes its name to Re:Center Ministries to communicate its commitment to reconciling the homeless and hurting with God, family, and community, and to facilitate the launch of a new campus in Southern Indiana. The ministry is financially strong and earns accreditation with the Better Business Bureau.

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Re:Center Staff

Board of Directors

Re:Center Ministries board of directors is a diverse group of highly qualified Christian professionals. They offer governance, guidance, accountability, and support— selflessly volunteering their time and talent to help the ministry fight homelessness in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Officers

    • President | David Lewis, Jr. | Retired, Bales Motor Company | Oak Park Baptist Church (Jeffersonville, IN)
    • Vice President | Vince Scarbrough | Hurstbourne Baptist Church | Hurstbourne Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
    • Secretary | Selwyn Parker | Community Leader | Third Avenue Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
    • Treasurer | Beau Hutchinson | Accuserv | Ninth and O Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
  • At-Large Members

    • Forest Aalderink | Arise Career Network | Clifton Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
    • Michael Hall | NAI Fortis Group | Sojourn Community Church (Louisville, KY)
    • Robin Mays | Greater Clark County Schools | Graceland Baptist Church (New Albany, IN)
    • Alex Nolan | The Ramage Company | Sojourn Community Church (Louisville, KY)
    • Tom Seel | SeelGroup | Graceland Baptist Church (New Albany, IN)
    • Jason Tyner | Self-Employed | Immanuel Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
    • Brad Walker | Redeemer Church | Redeemer Church (Jeffersonville, IN)
    • Billy Ward | The Marketing Squad | Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY)
    • Curtis Woods | Kentucky Baptist Convention | Watson Memorial Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)

Form 990

Most tax-exempt organizations must file a Form 990 with the IRS each year. This form allows the IRS and members of the general public to evaluate our operations. It includes information about our mission, programs, and finances.

Click here to view our most recent Form 990.

Annual Report

Click here to view our most recent annual report.

Re:Center’s fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30. Figures on this page represent the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2017.