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 2019, we expanded to offer Men's programs also. 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.
What We Do
The Women's Program
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.
Formerly known as "Collette’s Closet", the thrift store's proceeds benefit the Lighthouse Rescue Mission. The store accepts gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing as well as household goods and home decor, to sell to the public at discounted prices. Donations should be brought to the store during business hours.
Lighthouse Thrift aids in furthering the ministry to the homeless in Tulare by providing income for Tulare Lighthouse, job training for some of the shelter residents and, as always, clothing to those in need. New volunteers are always welcome!
The Men's program at the Lighthouse began in December 2019 with 12 Overnight Shelter beds and 10 room & Board beds.
We are very focused on the three functional aspects of Christian recovery and hope: 1) Safe places to call home; 2) Positive, Purposeful activities during the day; and 3) A peer-support community. Our community is growing!
Pocket Courtyard Communities - Coming Soon
Small Factory-built Homes in Permanent Peer Support Communities - It's innovative, it's affordable, it's community-funded - basically it's the solution to the shelter & housing problem.
The Pathway Home
“I am thankful for the shelter for [providing] the right place for me to finally have that quiet time with Jesus.”