The Rev. Esther Hurlburt is the founder of Lexington Cooperative Ministry. On her desk you will find the words of the prophet Isaiah, who said, “If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom shall be like noonday.”
Esther, a nurse and a Unitarian Universalist community minister, created The Legacy Home because she believes that the work of any religion is manifest outside the walls of the institution itself. Esther has always been passionate about community work, particularly with the poor and disenfranchised. As a professional geriatric nurse case manager, Esther also understands the needs of old people. Thus, the creation of Lexington Cooperative Ministry manifests a universal theology taking shape in community: Everyone benefits when we share with, care for, and live in cooperation with each other.
The Legacy Home was built with an incredible amount of support from people who believe in our mission. We had help from over forty community and business partners who provided money, building supplies, professional advice and oversight, and encouragement. A battalion of volunteers throughout the community provided sweat equity. We continue to offer many opportunities for volunteer activities such as community gardening and home repair.