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About Us


Lighthouse of Oakland County, Inc. and its three program subsidiaries have been providing services to low-income families in Oakland County since 1972. What began as an effort to provide food and clothing from the back door of a local church has grown into a family of agencies providing a continuum of services designed to move people from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency and independence. Included within this family of agencies are Lighthouse of Oakland County, Inc. (the parent corporation providing administrative and fund raising services to all parts of Lighthouse) Lighthouse Emergency Services (the most comprehensive emergency services center in Oakland County), Lighthouse PATH (the first and most successful transitional housing program in Oakland County), and Lighthouse Community Development (the most successful non-profit housing corporation in Oakland County).

Lighthouse of Oakland County, Inc. provides a wide array of services to each subsidiary including accounting and finance, volunteer recruitment and coordination, an active development program (donor recruitment and retention, coordination of appeals and special events, and public relations and agency communications), and general administrative oversight.

Lighthouse Emergency Services (LES) branches are located in Pontiac and Clarkston and respond to families and seniors who have an immediate need for food, housing assistance, utility assistance, medical assistance, transportation, and assistance with a variety of other crisis situations. With a staff of modest size and a large number of dedicated volunteers, LES helps prevent hunger and homelessness for thousands of Oakland County families each year.

Lighthouse PATH is a transitional supportive housing program designed to help homeless women and children gain the skills and confidence needed to live safely and independently. Participants may live at PATH for up to two years while they complete their education, get a job, or enroll in a job training program. Supportive services include a Montessori pre-school and kindergarten, an infant/ toddler center, individual and group counseling, medical care, workforce development, and life skills classes.

Lighthouse Community Development (LCD) began as a successful housing development corporation in Unity Park, a Pontiac neighborhood, rehabilitating existing homes, building new homes, and developing the Beacon 1 apartments and townhomes. More recently, LCD has become one of the largest housing counseling and education program in Oakland County – offering home ownership education, financial education and counseling, and foreclosure counseling.

We Provide Life-Changing Solutions

From our modest beginnings in 1972 providing food and clothing from the back door of a local church, we’ve grown into a family of agencies providing a full range of services designed to move people from crisis to self-sufficiency. Lighthouse of Oakland County provides programs and services that assist the growing number of families in crisis in the Oakland County community to move from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency and independence. These crucial supports enable low-income families to overcome barriers, to access benefits and support, and to gain the skills and knowledge they need to lift themselves up and out of poverty.

Our Vision

Lighthouse of Oakland County will be a leader in Southeast Michigan in solving the problem of chronic poverty. The individuals, families and communities we serve will have the resources, relationships and skills they need to be independent and self-sufficient, thereby enriching their lives and the community as a whole.

Our Mission Statement

Lighthouse of Oakland County exists to provide the support and resources that empower individuals and families to move from crisis to self-sufficiency.

Our Core Values

Lighthouse of Oakland County believes that, with support and encouragement, people can make the changes in their own lives needed to be successful and self-sufficient. We also believe that any caring person has the capacity to make a real difference in the life of someone else. We are committed to:

Compassion & Respect
– We treat our clients, volunteers and staff with dignity, trust and care.

Accountability & Stewardship
- We make the very best use of the resources we have to achieve the greatest possible results for those we serve.

Excellence & Results
– We are competent and seek to make a lasting and positive impact on the families and communities we serve.

Collaboration & Teamwork
– We are strong partners with those we serve, those who support our work and those who live and work in our community.