Sweet Evening Breeze is committed to Louisville's LGBT+ youth and young adults experiencing homelessness by going beyond the expectations of shelter, hope, and healing.

About Us

Sweet Evening Breeze was founded to address the overrepresentation of LGBT+ youth among youth experiencing homelessness in Louisville which mirrors national data and the lack of affirming services to address the additional risk they face while on the streets compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts.

It was James Herndon "Sweets," a Kentucky historical figure whose hospitality and compassion for others inspired our purpose and vision to offer LGBTQ+ affirming emergency shelter, food and supportive services for youth who may experience homelessness and find themselves in need of inclusive resources.

We strive to provide Louisville's youth experiencing homelessness with an open and affirming environment, and are committed to empowering and connecting our residents to vital resources while facilitating their community engagement through the promotion of socially just services, education, and care.

Planned services include a day program, shelter, case management, referrals, and mental health services for youth ages 18-24. Additionally, we will engage in research to develop and promote promising practices to help inform interventions for the population.

Get Involved

Click below to donate. All donations are incredibly appreciated!

Further information about ways you can help will be communicated through our Facebook page as well as the volunteer email database.

For inquiries, please contact our board chair, Brian Wilson via email:info@sweeteveningbreeze.org

Board of Directors

Our Namesake

James "Sweet Evening Breeze" Herndon, was a pioneer in the LGBTQ community. Sweet Evening Breeze was born in Scott County, KY in 1892 and was considered by some to be the originator of the Lexington drag scene. After growing up in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Sweet Evening Breeze worked as an orderly for more than forty years.

Sweet Evening Breeze was well liked in the Lexington Community and known to participate in random acts of kindness such as baking cookies for people or giving poorer families shoes. During the 1940s and 50s when cross-dressing in public was very rare, Sweet Evening Breeze dressed in women's clothes. Sweet Evening Breeze enjoyed playing the piano, attending church regularly and loved church music. Later in life, Sweet Evening Breeze lived at the Homestead Nursing Center where Sweet Evening Breeze passed in 1983.