Services Offered by The Light House Mission

Food Services. In 2009, the Light House Mission served over 138,500 meals through the dining facilities located at 1450 Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute, Indiana, and over 27,300 at the Conner's Center (the women's shelter), for a total of 165,847 meals. Three nutritious meals are prepared and served to the guests and the local community every day of the year. Men, women and children depend on the Mission dining room to find their "next meal". We depend on the donations of food to supplement the cost of providing these meals.


Lodging. In 2009, the Light House Mission provided shelter to almost 988 for a total of 48,180 nights of lodging. Whether homeless, emotionally troubled, or simply stranded, we take people into our facilities and provide the necessities of life. In addition to donated goods and services, it costs the Light House Mission an average of $55 a day for this service.


Clothing. The Light House Mission provides clothing to individuals and families in need. We also have four Thrift Stores that retail clothing, household goods, appliances and furniture to the community at prices that allow them to purchase good quality items at a fraction of the retail prices, even among other thrift stores.


Emergency services. Regardless of social standing, disaster can and does strike homes throughout the Wabash Valley each year. To the low-income family, this is a devastating experience. The Light House Mission offers housing, food, and clothes to these folks in need. When the time comes, we also provide the household goods needed to re-establish a home.

LightLife Program. The Light House Mission offers a long-term, 12-month recovery program to men and women suffering from alcoholism, drug abuse, and various emotional problems. This program provides a 10-step program in a structured environment that allows the person to progress through the recovery process with the guidance of a caring staff. The program deals with the acceptance of their circumstance and condition, and moves through an understanding that God and God alone can restore to them the life that has been forfeited.

 

Education. If there is a common denominator that separates levels of social understanding, it is education. Literacy and G.E.D. classes are held weekly here at the Mission for both residents of the Mission and the public. We provide qualified, professional staff to assist in providing a safe and fully functioning classroom environment. We also provide computer classes to help prepare for job training.

 
Transitional Apartments. On the 3rd floor of the Wabash Avenue building, there are 19 one-bedroom apartments available for to single, low-income men who have completed the program and are employed. There is no other facility like this available to men in the Wabash Valley. We recently built 6 one-bedroom apartments for single women at 18th and Chestnut Streets for ladies finishing the program at our Conners Center.

 

Shelter for Teen Girls. In 2009, The Crossroad Connection, a shelter for teen girls became part of our ministry. Any girl between the ages of 12 and 21 who is homeless by choice or circumstance are eligible to stay at the home. Emergency shelter is also available. The 24-hour staff provides independent living skills training, personal and spiritual counseling, and assistance in achieving educational goals as well as medical care, housing, food/nutritional needs and recreation for each girl.


Counseling. Daily, people come into the Mission with deep emotional hurts and needs. We provide Biblical counseling to those receptive to this service as well as being a conduit to other mental health agencies based in the Wabash Valley.


Civic Support. The Light House Mission makes the facilities at both the Conner's Center for Women and the 1450 Wabash Avenue properties available to various civic organizations for banquets and conferences. We also house other 501 ( C ) (3) groups in an effort to make the best use of our physical buildings.

 

External Ministries. People coming to the Mission often have needs that reach beyond the physical structure of the building. Men and women finishing the LightLife Program as well as folks placed into the community by other agencies need attention on a regular basis. Our staff meets this need by making themselves available to visit the homebound and nursing homes, residences, and other community based housing in an effort to see that their needs are being met.


Thanksgiving Baskets. Poor and needy families in the Wabash Valley can sign-up to receive a Thanksgiving basket to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. The Mission receives donations of canned goods and other food year-round in anticipation of this exciting and needed project. In 2009, over 1505 baskets were given away, which was double over the previous year


Christmas Toy Give-Away. Each year the Light House Mission provides new toys to children throughout the Wabash Valley in partnership with Toys for Tots. This is a major undertaking and each child receives at least 5 new toys. It is a time of year where the community rallies together to spread the joy of the season. In 2009, families needing Christmas toys were over twice as many than the year before.

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