Lighthouse Transitional Care Inc

aka The Lighthouse   |   Athens, TX   |  http://www.lighthouselatvia.org

Mission

To teach, nurture and empower aged-out orphaned youth towards healthy adulthood through practical life-skill and relational Christian discipleship.

Ruling year info

2018

President & CEO

Mrs. Amanda Olivia Banister

Main address

100 E Corsicana St Ste 101

Athens, TX 75751 USA

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EIN

82-2684891

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In most of the world, you age out of foster care/orphanages at 18 years old. 9 out of 10 young adults who have left this care will be incarcerated, homeless, a single parent or dead by the time they turn 28. In the United States, 50% of youth leaving foster care have a high school diploma and less than 1% will graduate with an undergraduate degree. In many parts of the world, those numbers are worse. We work exclusively with this under-served population in Latvia. We serve this population by meeting their practical needs - this includes access to resources for medical care, housing, and food & grocery support. We also meet more abstract needs which we have labeled as Spiritual Enrichment - this includes access for mental health services, classes that teach emotional regulation and self-worth and access to well trained mentors and volunteers to help foster a sense of community and support.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Practical Empowerment

Mental & Medical health support
Access to mental and medical support for youth enrolled in Lighthouse Transitional Care. 10 youth received services in 2021.

General Program expenses
Life skills class, scholarships for youth enrolled in university, curriculum building, programming and facilitating events. 20 youth received services in 2021.

Grocery Support:
Weekly delivery of food and grocery items in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 9 youth received services in 2021.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Young adults

Providing the skills needed to enrich the lives of the youth we serve by providing for the following -
Mentoring relationships
Community building and connecting young adults to safe mentoring relationships. 18 youth served in 2021.

Time for fun and connection
20 youth served in 2021.

Discipleship
Bible studies, Bible classes and opportunities to learn more about Jesus through one-on-one mentoring. 10 youth served in 2021.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes youth formally enrolled in our program as well as youth not formally enrolled but still participating and receiving support.

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This measures the number of youth that we get connected to positive adult influences.

Number of youth who are established in employment/career within five years of graduating from high school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Lighthouse is a non-profit Christian organization that offers transitional care for orphaned teenagers to meet their needs as they transition into independent adulthood. The Lighthouse provides for their needs in two ways; practical empowerment and spiritual enrichment.

The Lighthouse believes that through practical empowerment and spiritual enrichment, young adults leaving state care (orphanages, foster family, or out-of-family care) will be able to break the cycle of generations of abuse and neglect. We believe that by teaching practical skills, emotional regulation and by modeling safe and healthy relationships that our youth will go on to build purposeful lives for themselves.

We aim to share the message of the Gospel with each of our youth.
We aim to model a life lived after the Gospel message for our youth.
We aim to teach practical and necessary skills.
We aim to connect youth to resources for mental & medical health care.
We aim to empower each of our young adults to build and secure their own futures.

Practical empowerment:
Through a sequence of programs, The Lighthouse equips students in various life skills to effectively prepare them for adulthood. First, The Lighthouse assesses a student’s individual needs and personal goals through a written assessment and in-person personal interview. Second, The Lighthouse tailors an individualized adulthood prep program (APP) that allows each student to achieve his or her personal goals at their pace. As students progress through their APP, The Lighthouse continues to facilitate follow-up written assessments, so that re- al-time changes to their APP can be made in accordance with their growth.

Spiritual enrichment:
Latvian adoption laws are complicated, and adoptions often take at least 18 months to complete. Many teens lose any hope for legal adoption two years before they age-out, at eighteen. The Lighthouse’s mis- sion is to give students hope and opportunity for spiritual adoption through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Lighthouse believes that a relationship with Jesus is essential to an individual’s health, growth and emotional healing. During the APP, Christian evangelism, one-on- one discipleship, group Bible studies and worship nights are used for holistic spiritual growth. This Christian discipleship will be focused on the student’s individual relationship with Jesus. Being a Christian is not a requirement to participate in The Lighthouse, but the Gospel is a foundational element of what we teach, believe and practice.

With a program built around the principles of TBRI - Trust Based Relational Intervention - our leadership team has built an organization that supports the needs of aged-out youth not only in practical ways, but by assessing and meeting the emotional and social needs of young adults from hard places.
Because of our holistic approach to meetings young adults' needs we have seen substantial and long-lasting impact on the lives of the young adults we serve.

In our five years of experience we have seen the principles and practices of TBRI empower our young adults to do more than learn life-skills. We have been able to teach emotional regulation and have empowered our youth to understand their own needs. We have taught and practiced skills alongside our youth and are seeing our teachings stick with our youth for years.

We were founded in 2017 and have worked with youth starting in the spring of 2018. We are still at the beginning of running our program but we have seen major areas of progress in the youth we serve.

Young adults are reaching out to connect relationally
For many young adults from trauma connecting relationally is a new and terrifying concept. Our youth are beginning to get comfortable in healthy connected relationships.

Young adults are attending our community events
In five years we have gone from serving 1 to now 20 young adults in our city.

Young adults are meeting weekly to learn life-skills
We have 11 young adults regularly participating in life-skills. This includes things like Financial Management & Emotional Wellness classes.

Young adults are receiving mental health services through out organization's scholarship program
We are providing 5 youth with resources for mental health support.

Young adult are receiving support and resources for medical expenses they otherwise could not afford.
We provided 6 young adults with resources for medical support that they could not otherwise afford. Important dental issues, glasses and maintenance for chronic illnesses were a few of the things included.

We have seen our approach to supporting orphaned young adults be wildly successful as a first of its kind program. We are looking to the future by taking what we have learned and turning it into a curriculum to help support others in our line of work. We are also working to build a community of people doing this work, so that we can encourage, support and train those working with orphaned young adults.

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Lighthouse Transitional Care Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Janae Denman Morren

Lubova Vasechko

Laura Podzina

Justina James

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/18/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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