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 program opened in September of 2006. Starting as apartments with common living areas, the program has expanded to include a large house and an academy program. These two facilities provide a home-like atmosphere for homeless women and children who seek shelter.
Along with temporary housing, the women's programs provide connections to community resources, parenting classes, Bible studies for the women and tutoring for the children.
The Lighthouse operates multiple Industries to provide jobs that support those who have been marginalized and are re-entering the workforce. Our Industry opportunities provide clients with daily positive and purposeful work, while also generating revenue to be used to help support Lighthouse expansion.
Current Lighthouse Industries:
Lighthouse Thrift Store and Processing Center
Muck Luck Power Washing Bikes
Yard Services and Junk Removal
Rock Crushing Services
Rock-Crusher for Concrete Recycling
CRV Recycling for Cans & Bottles
Food Court and Cart for Jobs & Service
The Men's Program at the Lighthouse began in December 2019 with 12 Overnight Shelter beds and 10 room & Board beds. It has now expanded to include two homes and a Men's Sober Living Academy.
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!
People who know homelessness, or have been homeless previously, help people who are currently homeless come out of homelessness. The Lighthouse's housing structures and client volunteer opportunities natural foster a supportive community between clients.
Pocket Courtyard Communities
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.”