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The Lighthouse Foundation
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Raised $6,275
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Goal $20,000
Foster self-sufficiency, support transitional housing unit updates
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William Bittner
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August 27, 2020
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August 24, 2020
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August 23, 2020
Lee Ann Hune
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August 18, 2020
The Story

In Butler, PA, The Lighthouse Foundation’s Transitional Housing Program provides mentorship, support, resources and education to ensure families and individuals have the tools they need to overcome the identified obstacles that contributed to their homelessness. Their mission is to encourage others to find hope in Christ while meeting their immediate needs and empowering their self-sufficiency. "If it wasn't for The Lighthouse I don't think I would be sitting here today in my own apartment, knowing that I am able to provide for myself and my daughter." Olivia, 2020 Transitional Housing Graduate.

The Lighthouse Foundation hopes to raise $20,000 in order to renovate and update their five transitional housing units located in and around the city of Butler. Living in a space that is fresh, functional, clean and safe is uplifting and helps the residents become more confident in accomplishing the goals they set upon entering the program. These projects also offer opportunities for residents to help and take pride and respect in the place they live. Help The Lighthouse Foundation provide the highest quality housing for homeless, at risk and/or those fleeing domestic violence situations. Give now to help renovate transitional housing in Butler, PA!

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Hear from the residents |

Check out our YouTube Channel to view past and current videos and hear directly from some of our residents.  Also, get a quick tour of our food pantry 
  

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Success Story / Michael M. / Johnny’s Place |


 I’d like for you all to meet Mike M., 40, a resident of Johnny’s Place whose time here is drawing to a close, but whose presence here has served as an inspiration to other residents and to myself as well.  Prior to entering Johnny’s Place, Mike had been struggling with substance use – primarily alcohol – and staying in his parents’ basement.  He described this as a depressing and solitary life – one with few expectations or goals, and one without the benefit of others to encourage sobriety and to help Mike imagine the choices available to him if he were free of substance use.
 
Mike came to live with us after a period of inpatient rehabilitation, and settled quickly into a routine that included 12-Step meetings, volunteer work (at the Lighthouse food bank), sober-living events (picnics, dinners, and holiday events), and of course house chores.  When I asked Mike, at various times, what was “different” about living at Johnny’s Place as compared to his previous living situation, Mike always replied with some version of the words “freedom”, “responsibility”, and “independence”…..Freedom from the bondage of substance use, the responsibilities associated with having a scheduled and healthy routine, and the independence and trust that comes along with proving one’s ability to manage progressively fewer restrictions, and choosing productive activities that promote sobriety.
 
During his time with us, Mike has also strengthened his ties with his family, and now visits them on holidays and has frequent conversations with them by phone.  Though it was difficult, Mike also dealt with a difficult personal loss through the use of healthy coping skills, and in doing so reminded me of the variety of freedoms available to those who are living substance-free lives.  Mike’s now prepared to take on the next phase of his life – an apartment of his own – and while we will miss Mike’s steady nature and willingness to help, we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.        
 
–Chuck Allen - Resident Manager at Johnny's Place
 
 

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