Once a LightHouse kid, always a LightHouse kid!
Volunteers of America North Louisiana’s LightHouse program serves children and families living in some of Shreveport and Bossier City’s poorest neighborhoods. We are a beacon of hope for those who strive to overcome poverty, illiteracy and joblessness.
A center of community life since 1986, the LightHouse offers a wide range of programs serving children, adolescents and their families. Our goals are educational achievement, economic self-sufficiency and productive citizenship.
We now serve over 700 children in six sites. We have two community-based sites: Downtown Shreveport and Bossier City’s Scott Street Housing Complex. Our school-based sites serve students at University, J.S. Clark and Forest Hill Elementary Schools and Lakeshore Middle School.
The LightHouse is funded in part by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and The United Way of Northwest Louisiana.
Academics come first at The LightHouse. From kindergarten to high school, the LightHouse promises education is the pathway out of poverty. Our teachers and volunteers help hundreds of children and young adults every year to learn, to achieve, to realize their dreams. Our coordinators are famous for saying “there’s no such thing as no homework.”
Most sites have both homework helpers to assist with the day to day and tutors who can help with a child’s specific need.
In the 2015-16 school year, 100 percent of our students stayed in school and avoided the juvenile justice system and teen pregnancy.
The LightHouse encourages good citizenship and community service in all our work. The Teen Club high school students make regular trips to the Rescue Mission to serve food to the homeless, and all students have an opportunity to participate in various service projects throughout the year. We match trained mentors with young people to provide positive role models and a relationship with a caring adult.
Our services to children are only effective if we reach the entire family. Our family coaches meet with and counsel each family to see what other needs might exist in the home and how the community can help. If complicated issues arise, children and their families can be referred to our licensed counselors for help. Parents also have access to laundry facilities and a computer lab.
The support of a caring adult makes the biggest difference in a child’s life. Through our mentoring program, we hope to provide each of our children with one more cheerleader who can be a guide and coach as they grow up. Mentors are paired with a students and asked to spend an hour a week with them for at least a year. More details can be found through the link above.
While we directly serve the poorest in our community, The LightHouse program enriches all of us by bringing people together in service. Because we rely on private donations, your support is critical. You are welcome to come visit anytime or during one of our regular tours, where you’ll hear from someone who’s life has been touched by the LightHouse.