Lighthouse PATH, a subsidiary of Lighthouse of Oakland County, is devoted directly to homelessness, a key issue with many families that are struggling with poverty in Oakland County. Lighthouse PATH provides a safe, structured environment for up to 33 homeless women and their children who are referred by temporary emergency shelters. Serving clients from Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties since 1991, Lighthouse PATH enjoys an 80% success rate of empowering homeless families to independence and self-sufficiency.

    Participants may live at Lighthouse PATH for up to two years in their own apartment units while they stabilize their families, complete their education, join a job-training program, work, and/or volunteer. All participants are required to attend weekly Life Skills courses provided by Lighthouse PATH, as well as bi-weekly community meetings. The Life Skills classes include time management, food and nutrition, parenting skills, personal budgeting, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and communication skills. Other services offered by Lighthouse PATH include intensive case management for each family, individual and group counseling, assistance with health issues, legal aid, job training and job readiness.

    Completion of their individual goals and regularly-scheduled sessions with Lighthouse PATH case managers help to ensure a rewarding and productive life for those who participate in the program. Excellent child-care services are provided in the Learning Center (TLC), Lighthouse PATH's on-site child-care center. TLC operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and provides a developmentally-based curriculum for both Lighthouse PATH and community children, with particular attention given to special needs.

    In addition to the Learning Center located on the Lighthouse PATH campus, several other PATH programs provide important services to children. The new Lighthouse Pathways Montessori Center will provide educational programs for three, four, and five year old children. The same educational monitoring and assessment program and play therapy program offered with the present Learning Center will also be offered with the Pathways program. An academically based summer program is also offered at Lighthouse PATH, focusing on activities that are educational as well as being fun! Finally, the Student Academic Center is offered after school each weekday with each participant receiving a skills assessment and a plan for skill building. Tutoring is provided by Americorp students.

    Lighthouse PATH has achieved its success as a result of inspiring contributions from federal and state government, agencies, foundations, corporations, community organizations, churches, synagogues, and individuals. It will continue to take both dollars and the commitment of volunteers to keep the dream alive.


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