The story of the LightHouse Rescue mission began in 2004 as a group of passionate volunteers and a collection of local churches sought a solution to the homeless issue in Tulare. The mission statement for the organization is:
We embrace the poor and homeless with the compassion of Jesus Christ, as a beacon hope and healing for a changed life, helping them to find their way home.
Through the faithful and generous support of our community, the initial effort produced the LightHouse Women's Shelter in 2006. In 2013, we were able to enhance our service to the community through the LightHouse Family Center. There are no easy answers to resolve the needs of the homeless in our city. However, through the continued support of our community and trust in God we are excited about what comes next.
The Women's Shelter opened in September of 2006 and is comprised of apartments with common living areas to provide a home-like atmosphere. Along with temporary housing, the shelter provides connections to community resources, parenting classes and Bible studies for the women and tutoring for the children.
The LightHouse Family Center opened in 2013 and serves as a walk-in connection center. Seeking to provide the homeless in our community an approachable avenue to connect with both private and public services that can serve to assist them through their current situation.