Lighthouse endeavors to build equitable communities and alleviate poverty. Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter joined forces in 2019 to provide a stronger response to poverty in our community. Our goal is to be ‘A Beacon of Hope’ for those in need and provide a larger reach across all of southeastern Michigan. By coming together, our agency is able to provide more services for more people.
Last year, Lighthouse served 9,400 individuals (3,000 households) with over 69,800 days of food through our food pantries, assisted 61 individuals in 18 households with preventing their utilities from being shut-off, assisted in 395 individuals (66% children) who were experiencing homelessness in securing and/or maintaining housing, prevented 75 individuals in 31 households from becoming homeless, and housed 193 individuals in our PATH transitional housing program. Additionally, we helped families throughout Oakland County celebrate the holidays with their families by providing over 2,300 Thanksgiving food baskets, serving 541 families and 1,312 children through Adopt-a-Family, and helping 32 seniors in 29 households through Adopt-a-Senior holiday program.
Since the pandemic began, the need in our community has grown tremendously. Lighthouse has stepped in to meet this need and has quadrupled the capacity of our emergency shelter and is now providing food to 5,000 individuals each week (up from 225 per week).