Emergency Food Clients are provided with a three day supply of food on a walk-in basis, as well as by referrals from other agencies.

Emergency Housing Lighthouse assists with security deposits and first month's rent. Assistance is also available to prevent eviction if program criteria can be met and funds are available. 

Emergency Medical Assistance Securing adequate medical care is difficult for many low-income families who have no medical insurance. Lighthouse can assist with medical emergencies if program criteria can be met and funding is available.

Utility Assistance Lighthouse assists with shutoff notices for electric, gas and deliverable fuels bills when program criteria are met and funding is available.

Senior Services The mission of Lighthouse's Senior Services is "to assist seniors and disabled persons to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible." This highly successful program provides year-round medical transportation, Focus Hope food delivery, a liquid nutrition program in conjunction with Area Agency on Aging 1-B and the Offices of Services to the Aging, seasonal delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to qualified clients, access to free durable medical equipment (as available through donations), minor home repair, and informational programming in addition to the regular services offered by Lighthouse Emergency Services. 

 Lighthouse's Senior Services continues to grow as the number of people it serves grows. It is projected that the number of households headed by a person 65 or older is to rise by 300,000 per year for the next 10 years. The varying needs of each individual calls for continuous quality assessment

Baby Needs Lighthouse assists low-income mothers with formula, diapers, and baby food and helps these mothers apply to the WIC program whenever appropriate.

The Self-Sufficiency and Family Empowerment (SAFE) program augments the continuum of housing services provided by Lighthouse. Recipients of the service are families from the local community who are chronically homeless. Participants in this program can be referred from various sources including shelters.  The focus of the program is on:

  • A supportive case management approach which helps families set their own goals and then offers opportunities for their attainment.
  • Group Empowerment Sessions, which are offered weekly.

Topics for the weekly Group Empowerment Sessions include: Problem Solving Skills, Self Esteem Building, Budgeting Management, Basic Living Classes, Resource Management, Domestic Violence Issues, Parenting Classes, Stress Relieving techniques, Resume Building, Interview Skills and other topics as identified by group members. Women consent to pre-program and random drug screens since recovery and maintenance of sobriety can be a critical factor in homelessness.  For more information regarding this program please call 248-920-6100, ext. 2213 or ext. 2209.

The Families Involved in Raising Self Sufficiency Together (FIRST) program is a United Way of Oakland County-funded initiative in collaboration with the Visiting Nurses Association, Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Salvation Army, Furniture Bank of Oakland County, and Common Ground Sanctuary. These agencies work together to assist working families who may be struggling because they don’t meet the income criteria for assistance through other agencies. The goal of this program is to help these families become more self sufficient. The FIRST case manager will assist these families in becoming more independent by helping them create and maintain a budget and by referring them to various workshops. The families will also learn ways to improve communication and positive interactions within the family. Some workshops focus on financial management, self-esteem, parenting skills, the importance of reading with children, or on after-school programs and tutoring resources in the area. Lighthouse Emergency Services and The Salvation Army provide case management for a total of sixteen families throughout the year. Families selected for this program agree to attend FIRST workshops, maintain weekly contact with their case manager, allow regular home visits from the case manager, maintain a budget, show progress toward meeting personal and professional goals, and keep steady, full-time employment. For more information regarding this program please call 248-920-6100, ext. 2358.

Kids Café is a nutritional, educational, and mentoring after school program for children from to 12 years of age who live in the surrounding community. The children come from low-income families. Families and children are encouraged to set goals and to work hard to reach those goals. Our Kids Café program is based on the premise that nutrition, life skills and community awareness are all elements needed to be able to meet the demands of daily living successfully. We provide meals, computer classes, exposure to music and art, and tutoring and mentoring after school from to Monday through Thursday. For more information regarding this program please call 248-920-6100, ext. 2205

CareerDress  Lighthouse Emergency Services' CareerDress is a program designed to help low-income Oakland County women entering the work force receive professional career clothes. 

Any non-profit agency in Oakland County can partner with CareerDress by providing referrals for their clients. When a woman is in job training or has an interview, she sets up an appointment at CareerDress to work with a personal shopper, selecting an outfit appropriate for an interview. Once the client secures employment, she may return to CareerDress for two more complete outfits. If the woman is already working, she may make an appointment for three complete outfits. All of the clothing and accessories are provided at no charge to the client or the referring agency. All business clothing and accessories have been donated by business women in the area.

If you are interested in donating your gently worn, professionally dry cleaned women’s business clothes, please call CareerDress for specific information. If you are a non-profit agency in need of our referral form, please call the number below, and we will fax it to you. If you are interested in volunteering your time with CareerDress, or if you are a client in need of assistance, please call CareerDress at 248-920-6100, ext. 2237. We are open four half-days per week, but we check for messages daily.

The Families Involved Together (FIT) program was created by the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB), and it was designed to support strong family development. The JLB handed over the administration and operation of this program to Lighthouse Emergency Services.

The FIT Program provides PASSAGES – These parenting classes are designed for parents who are attempting to regain custody of their children. PASSAGES is a six-week court-certified program that provides basic parenting skill development. These six-week sessions are offered throughout the year. The classes focus on:

  • Ages, Stages and Discipline
  • Cognitive Functionin
  • Self-Esteem
  • Managing Your Emotions
  • Resource and Planning

Classes are scheduled every Tuesday, with child care and limited transportation provided free of charge. For more information on F.I.T., please call 248-920-6100, ext. 2358.

Through CMH Path Outreach contacts are made with the homeless population through soup kitchens, shelters, referrals from other agencies, walk-ins and one-on-one contact with people on the streets. This program services individuals who fall into the following categories:

  •  Adults who have a serious mental illness that is expected to be long term

  • Adults who may also have a co-occurring diagnosis of drug and alcohol abuse

  • Adults who may also have a diagnosis of HIV or related illness

Some of the services provided to these individuals include: temporary shelter and/or permanent housing, financial assistance for move in costs, transportation assistance (bus tickets), some daily needs assistance, some limited case management and supportive services, and referrals to community resources.

Shelter Plus Care is a support program that provides services to individuals who qualify under the criteria listed in Path outreach. Through this program, participants qualify for a one bedroom unit with subsidized rent, household furnishings if needed, individualized case management based upon the client’s need, assistance with connecting to various support services, transportation (bus tickets), daily living needs as needed and support in establishing income and connection to resources to get established. For more information, please call 248-920-6100, ext. 2211.

Referral Services Lighthouse is part of a large network of human service agencies in southeastern Michigan and if a service is not provided at Lighthouse, after assessment clients receive referrals to the appropriate agency.



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