Economic Development Newsroom

Volunteers of America of KY Moves Hdqtrs to Historic Downtown Bldg

Monday May 14, 2012

Volunteers of America of Kentucky has entered an agreement with City Properties Group to lease space for its new headquarters at the historic Guthrie Coke Building, located at 566 S. Fourth Street.

“The move to this location later will give us greater visibility with the downtown business community and provide us with much-needed space to host Board of Directors meetings, worship services, trainings, and other gatherings,” said Jane W. Burks, President and CEO of Volunteers of America of Kentrucky. “We’re excited to join the historic Fourth Street business corridor and continue our mission of serving the community’s most vulnerable citizens in this new setting.”

Burks was joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; District 4 Metro Councilman David Tandy and Managing Director of City Properties Group Bill Weyland at a news conference today to announce the plans.

City Properties Group is developing the mixed-use space with Volunteers of America of Kentucky as the anchor tenant. The space will house about 30 executive and administrative staff for the 116-year-old human service organization. Volunteers of America of Kentucky serves 8,000 clients through 35 distinct programs in Kentucky, Tennessee, Southern Indiana, and West Virginia with a staff of 750 employees and an annual budget of $27 million.

Built in 1885, the Guthrie Coke Building was first owned by Mary E. Caperton, daughter of prominent Louisvillian James Guthrie. Throughout the years the building has contained apartments on upper floors and various retail tenants. The 1920 building directory included businesses such as a dentist, a dressmaking shop, a millenery, a drugstore, a grocery, and a confectionary. Lemon & Son Jewelers, was also a prominent tenant. The space is currently undergoing extensive renovations and scheduled to be completed in late 2012.

About Volunteers of America of Kentucky

Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America of Kentucky creates positive change in the lives of individuals and communities through a ministry of service. Volunteers of America of Kentucky’s programs directly address the quality of life of individuals in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Southern Indiana by meeting the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Learn more at