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

Principal Officer

Mrs. Amanda 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

We work exclusively with the under-served population of aged-out young adults in Latvia. Young adults who age out of orphanages or foster care in the country of Latvia, and all over the world, receive little social and financial support. For this reason, we serve this population by meeting both their practical and spiritual (emotional and social) needs. Statistics show that 1 out of every 10 kids who age out of a state run system will continue on in their education and live a healthy life. 9 out of 10 will be incarcerated, homeless, a single parent or dead by the time they turn 28.

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

Providing the skills needed for practical health and development.
-Life skills classes
-Health and Wellness

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 -
-Mental health services
-Community and individual mentoring relationships
-Time for fun and connection
-Discipleship and opportunities to learn more about Jesus.

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

Increasing

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

Increasing

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

Increasing

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.

Each year hundreds of teenagers outgrow their institutional upbringing and age out of the state system in Latvia, be it out of an orphanage or foster care.
When we were founded in 2017 Latvia had no program or resources in place for the transition from institutional care to adulthood. This lack of care meant that many orphaned teenagers fell into addiction, homelessness or early parenthood. The Lighthouse is a non-profit Christian organization that offers transitional care for orphaned teenagers, effectively filling this gap.
The Lighthouse provides two things to these teens: practical empowerment and spiritual enrichment.

The Lighthouse believes that through practical empowerment and spiritual enrichment, the social landscape in Latvia will begin to change. Generational sins like alcoholism and child neglect will stop, and former orphans will become productive members of society and of their faith communities. The Lighthouse graduates will be equipped to reach their personal goals. Graduates will have a supportive community behind them as they begin to live in- dependently and nurture their own personal relationship with and identity in Jesus Christ.

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.

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 still seen major areas of progress in the youth we serve.

Young adults are reaching out to connect relationally
Young adults are attending our community events
Young adults are meeting weekly to learn life-skills
Young adults are receiving mental health services through out organization's scholarship program
Young adult are receiving support and resources for medical expenses they otherwise could not afford.

Financials

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Lighthouse Transitional Care Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Janae Denman


Board co-chair

Morgan Holtry

Lubova Vasechko

Laura Podzina

Organizational demographics

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

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability