Meeting Needs

The backside of tracks can be compared to little communities, and there's a sense of family among race track workers. The ministry strives to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of those race track workers by offering:
  • Daily interaction with workers in the barn area and around the race track
  • Weekly worship services and Bible studies
  • Christ-centered activities that promote fellowship.
  • Baptism, marriage and funeral services
  • Individual counseling
The chaplaincy also serves as extended family for many workers. It helps to meet those in physical need by providing:
  • An emergency food pantry
  • Emergency clothes closet
  • Help with transportation for necessities
  • Other related services

Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet exists to provide for some of the basic needs horsemen have that come through Churchill Downs. For one reason or another, whether they just started working or they've given much of their money to their family for various needs, they may be unable to immediately obtain items like shampoo, soap, a blanket, or even a towel. We seek to love them in the name of the Lord Jesus by helping with some of the burdens of life as they work hard, day after day. It is open to all horsemen Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 12PM. Common Donated Items:

  • Mens size 7-9 & Womens size 5-8 Work shoes | boots and tennis/running shoes.
  • Winter coats, hats, and gloves.
  • Jeans, work khakis (particularly 36 & under; Women's 10 & under)
  • T-shirts
  • Work shoes and boots, tennis shoes
  • Twin-sized Bedding
  • Toiletries (Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shaving cream)
  • Towels
  • Luggage (soft bags, duffle bags)