I’ve been working at the Lighthouse for nearly four months now and I’m still surprised that people in our community aren’t aware of how many women and children experience homelessness in our community. We are the only emergency shelter for women and children in this county that isn’t exclusively for victims of domestic violence. So, I consider it a high priority to let people know about what we do and how we can help—not only to prospective residents, but potential volunteers and donors.
We rarely see women and children panhandling because it’s simply too dangerous for them. At the Lighthouse, we continue to see an increase in women and children coming to the shelter, not only from drug and alcohol abuse, but from domestic abuse situations. These ladies want a better life for themselves and their children, and through our program, they are getting a second chance to become productive members of society.
The best part of my job is seeing families restored. In the past two months, we have had three mothers reunited with their children. Families are being made whole again and we have everyone who donates their time and finances to thank for that! Thank you to all who support the Lighthouse—we so appreciate you.
Dee Frighetti, Director
Lighthouse for Women & Children