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What drives us


The Light House - A place of Refuge is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization established for the purpose of bringing critical services to our homeless youth, timed out foster youth and veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless, in order to give them a sense of dignity and help them to become productive and self-sufficient. A lighthouse shines a beacon to bring ships in from a  storm. We want to be that beacon for those in the storm in their lives.

Homelessness in Los Angeles County. According to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center,finds that  an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. Many of these people are former foster youth and veterans. Currently the fastest growing homeless population are transitional aged youth who have timed out of the foster care system.

We are here to help... ultimately our goal is to see all of our clients free from homelessness and living in a safe, secure environment where they can begin a new life.​ My Husband and I  and our team have been working with youth and adults for over 25 years. We have seen an unbelievable amount of homelessness and incarceration due to the inability of people to grasp what they need to survive in our society. It has been a dream of ours to open a facility to give these homeless youth (many who are timed out of the foster care system) and our homeless veterans (who protect our borders) a place to seek refuge from the storm. A place to get a hand up, not a hand out:Pair them with a mentor, give them a place to  wash their clothes, work out, eat, get a decent outfit, learn new skills, study, and have some dignity restored in their lives.

Our dream is to restore these people to  a place where they can acclimate back into society and become productive citizens. Our dream is coming true and we hope that you will join us on this journey.

We are always in need of supplies, monetary donations and 
volunteers. Go to our Contact page to get information on volunteering.

Our Programs

Our heart to serve

Timed out foster youth and veterans make up the majority of the homeless in Los Angeles County.