AAWGT: Making a difference in our community!
2015 & 2016 Grantee: The Light House
Family Assistance Program
The mission of The Light House is to rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward self-sufficiency.
Our grant to The Light House supports their Family Assistance Program, which provides wrap-around services for homeless families. Services include emergency and transitional housing, food, clothing, toiletries, case management, employment resources, financial literary training, mental health services, and connections to community resources.
The program supports couples like Stephanie and Matt, who became homeless when the house they were renting was foreclosed upon. Stephanie, who spent her teen-age years in foster care and was a victim of domestic violence, was pregnant with their son and was unable to work due to medical complications. Without the resources to find a new home, Stephanie and Matt resorted to living in the woods and remained there throughout most of her pregnancy. She feared that, because they were homeless, she would lose their child to the foster care system as well. Fortunately, during her eighth month, a local church found them temporary housing until space opened up at The Light House. Through the support of the Family Assistance Program, Stephanie and Matt were able to get back on their feet and are now, just before their son's second birthday, moving into their own home. Stephanie would like others to know that this situation can happen to anyone. "But don't let it define you," she says. "With the right support, you can climb out and reshape your future."
Stephanie and Matt move into their new home through the support of the Family Assistance Program.