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Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Mental Health, Religion, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Mission: Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. is set apart by the Spirit of God to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the physical, emotional and other needs of the poor and at risk population. Vision: Our vision is for rehabilitated individuals to achieve an overall outcome of God?s peace, life purpose, and fulfillment of potential. No person is denied services based on race, creed, sex, disability or national origin.

Target demographics: the homeless and men, women and women with children who need a refuge to begin a new life.

Geographic areas served: West Central Florida

Programs: We are a Success Shelter/Life Learning Campus For Men, Women, and Children who need a place of refuge to begin a new life. We serve West Central Florida with the hope of impacting lives giving food, clothing, shelter, childcare, education and job placement. We also serve the homeless 365 days a year and have a community outreach H.O.P.E. centers located within our six Family Stores.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I only had experience with the lighthouse ministry in Plant City Florida. They had great, kind, Christian people, and great stuff at good low prices. You'll find what you can't find anywhere else. I didn't like the clothes very well, but they were in good condition. They will help out with food from time to time, and will help with other things you need.

Sharon Todd L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am grateful to serve in this Ministry and being able to serve God’s people.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I work with awesome people who love Jesus. They truly have a heart driven to serve the Lord.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lighthouse has been an incredible ministry for the Lakeland area... and beyond, really. Ministering God's love and grace with accountability by changing lives for eternity. I have personally witnessed Steve and his staff model it daily in stewarding God's provisions.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The entire team at Lighthouse has been such an inspiration in their ministry efforts. Their hearts are truly engaged in sharing the love of God by helping others in their deepest time of need. Watching them serve is truly a blessing!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful place that honors God! Bringing hope and help to those that are hurting.

Donor

Rating: 5

This ministry is truly amazing. There are so many that think this is just a soup kitchen for the homeless, but it is much, much more. Lighthouse brings not only men, but also women and their children in to help. They provide a day-care & preschool for the children, and provide the residents with opportunity to get an education and even get their high school diplomas. They have an intern program that allows the residents that have been there a few month to qualify as an intern and they are paid to work at the stores. The ministry has a hydroponic garden that provides them with vegetables right from the garden. Lighthouse Ministries does so much for the communities by passing out food boxes and the homeless, and they love doing it. Each person is blessed by working, volunteering or just touring/visiting at Lighthouse Ministries. Most importantly, Lighthouse is always sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many people within the community that doesn't know that Lighthouse Ministries does a lot more than just feed the homeless. They are not aware that the Learning Center helps those residents to get their High School Diplomas, etc. Lighthouse also has a Community Preschool that is available to the public, as well as the resident's children. Lighthouse also has a hydroponic garden that helps feed the homeless. Most importantly, Lighthouse is always sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lighthouse is a shining example of God's love in the community. Nightly they provide shelter for over 100 men, women and children. Some stay for a night while others choose to be enrolled in their recovery program. I've met many of the program clients in their Thrift Stores. They have shared their life stories and commend Lighthouse for the opportunity they now have to get their lives back on track. You can find out more by taking a tour of their Lakeland headquarters and shelters, or stop by one of their three Thrift Stores and see for yourself the good work that this agency does in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lighthouse Ministries is a great resource to the Lakeland and Polk county community. Lighthouse ministries has a residential program with great success, they use a holistic approach with individuals. In addition there is a overnight men's shelter, food box ministry, and they meet other needs in the community as they come up. Lighthouse staff is versatile, flexible and solves problems creatively and with excellence. They are a great ministry partner as well and have served thousands of people throughout their years with integrity, compassion, love and the gospel message.

Dr. Linda Dougherty
Director
People's Life Institute
Plant City, FL

TawnyAustin

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Ministry! Definitely seeing lives changed there. I'm very impressed with their heart & desire to expand and do more outreach. I have been involved with the recent launch of the brand new Lighthouse Xtreme kids club in Lakeland, and the ministry has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of this new outreach & the kids/families being served through it. They care for their staff & volunteers very well, and uphold their mission, vision, values, & pathways to the utmost. Very rare & encouraging to see.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for 38 hours at the lighthouse ministries in winter haven fl. After experiencing Poor mangerment I left. Informed higher management of this abuse, I was not met with any concerns, although I fell and injured myself, I continued to do my job. However, it was said by the manager that I had not been doing my job. I was hoping to get a job here eventually. But, being accused of not doing my job and other accusations I left. This is not a secure place to work, no team work, no support or respect.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lighthouse is a life saving program for people in need of recovery. It saved my life, no doubt. The program is unparalleled, offering a unique experience for people in need in the Central Florida Area. I got here by the Grace of God.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the staff at Lighthouse for several years in various ways. The staff is always courteous and helpful. Their programs are of great benefit to the residents and the community. I have watched the residents grow and become productive members of the community. I have shopped in the stores which provide jobs for their residents and provide good quality products for sale.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have volunteered for years. It is a blessing to be able to help and there are so many different ways to do that. It has been great to watch as people come to know Christ and move forward in their lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before coming to Lighthouse Ministries I was totally broken. The only thing that matter to me was alcohol and drugs. Since coming to Lighthouse I have found a new way to live without drugs and alcohol. I have been shown that there is another way. I have turn my life over to God and have been here at Lighthouse Ministries for 29 months. God has worked miracles in my life! I now have a relationship with my kids that I never had before. I am now staff member here at Lighthouse Ministries something that I would have bet million dollars I would never be doing today but God had other plans. I am so thankful and have so much gratitude for this place I would recommend it to anyone. I have learned that everything is not about me it's about serving others and here at my house I get that chance by helping with the homeless I'm working in the garden providing food for both the women shelter and the men's.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Joseph Washington. I am the Director of the Men's Shelter here at Lighthouse Ministries. I would like to say that having experienced being in a shelter myself 9 years ago and having my life go from what it was( a disaster!!!) to what it is today, I wholeheartedly understand the importance of this ministry and the impact it has on a persons life. You cannot put a price on the value of the change that is available to every person who comes through any door of Lighthouse Ministries. Whether it's the Shelter, the men's program, the woman's program and/or one of our stores, all of the staff here are under the understanding that we are set apart by the Spirit of God to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to meet the physical, emotional and other needs of the poor and at risk population. I want to say this from the bottom of my heart...this mission statement is how our director teaches us and expects us to live here in the work place as well as in our lives away from Lighthouse. Here at Lighthouse all people are considered, cared for and loved. It's truly what we do!!!!

Bettina S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Bettina and on April 16th, 2019 I was in the shower crying out to God to please help me. I was involved in a very abusive relationship and years of addiction. My family and children had finally turn their backs on me after years of broken promises and heartache. I had no one or nothing left except God. When I opened my eyes in the shower, I noticed a very small window. Without hesitation I got dressed , I left the water running and out the window I went. I had no shoes, I had no phone and I had no money. But I didn't care because I knew God had rescued me. Exactly one week later I entered the doors at Lighthouse Ministries. I can't even begin to put into words what Lighthouse Ministries has done for my life. They began by providing a safe place for me to start healing. They placed a group of amazing people in my path, Steve and Bonnie Turbeville, Sharon Leathers, Heather Howell, Bridget Washington, Sharalyn Vester, Dee Flowers Jessica Cassista and Scott Turbeville. These were the very vessels God used to guide me and teach me. These spiritual leaders helped me open my ears, mind and heart up to the words and promises of God. My family has been restored, my 12 year old daughter lives with me full time now and I have a peace inside that surpasses all understanding. We serve an awesome God and it his thru his love, grace, mercy and forgiveness that I stand before you a changed person. During my 18 months in The Lighthouse Ministry Life Recovery Program, I got the honor and pleasure to work in this ministry and get a close and personal look at how God blesses this ministry everyday. I feel it is Lakelands best kept secret. This ministry helps save and transforms lives everyday and I can testify to that. I am not exactly sure where my journey goes from here but I am sure God has BIG plans for me. I know that my purpose and fulfillment in life is to help and reach out to those who feel completely hopeless, like I did. I cant wait to share my testimony and the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. I will forever be grateful and thankful for Lighthouse Ministries. I've realized God is not as nearly interested in how we start the race as he is in, how we finish it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lighthouse ministries has helped me so much. I did 22 months in the women's residential program before I came into the program my life was going downhill but lighthouse gave me a chance gave me hope that I've never had before. I've learned to love myself I have a new outlook on life. I thank God for this program changing my life and giving me another chance. So many doors had closed on me but lighthouse opened me in with open arms and help me regain my confidence and gave me an opportunity to have a better life for me and my son. I don't know where I would be without this program I was starting to give up on life but God led me to lighthouse ministries.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lighthouse works hard to share the Love of Christ and Share the Gospel with those in need. I have seen how the program makes a huge difference in the lives of those who go through it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Volunteer for Lighthouse Ministries, I see so many things that they do to bring HOPE to the Men and Women they have helped over 42 years! As a photographer I have taken many pictures and attended many fundraisers and also recorded testimony of many. When I did the videos I learned just what Lighthouse Ministries do to help these people! From Clothing, a place to stay, school to get GED, school for small children, helping restore families to get a relationship back with children and so much more. Then after finishing a 19 month coarse, they had found a true relationship with Jesus, they learn people truly do care for them! They then have a job, have saved money and can walk out into the world restored in many areas. The posts of pictures and video are some I did for Lighthouse as a Volunteer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so very thankful for Lighthouse Ministries! My husband came to Lighthouse 11 years ago and while there he gave his life to the Lord and ever since then his life has been changed! He is an amazing husband and father to our two children. Jesus has made ALL the difference in his life as he continuously strives to be more like Him. We attend church and pray together as a family and are just enjoying this precious life God has given us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that holds true to it's mission of preaching the Gospel of Christ to meet the physical, emotional and other needs of the poor. Strong organizational governance mixed with a high level of community compassion and spiritual guidance. Best investment in West Central Florida.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lighthouse Ministries helped get my life back on track when I was broken and homeless with my twin daughters. We entered the program March 2015 and graduated Feb 2017. I am have an awesome relationship with God and have an awesome relationship with myself.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great ministry that focuses on Jesus Christ and serving the community. I love to volunteer at Lighthouse.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Lighthouse Ministries vision is for individuals we serve to achieve an overall outcome of God's peace, life purpose and fulfillment of potential. It's all about communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those we are here to serve as part of the Great Commission. I'm humbled to be apart of a ministry that looks to come along side individuals and help them find their way to Christ, provide an avenue for education and foster a sense of community and strong work ethic.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with lighthouse for many years in the family stores that support the ministries efforts to help people overcome homelessness hunger, and various addictions. Donations to the ministry through the stores provides the funding necessary for us to see lives changed by the love of the community and gospel for the better.
Giving to Lighthouse transforms lives. Our success stories prove the program has merit. Check us out online and donate (time, talent, and dollars). We're making difference!!! www.lighthousemin.org

Donor

Rating: 5

Lighthouse Ministries has been Trinity Presbyterian's Ministry Partner for many years. As part of the Diaconate responsible for mercy work, I know we can rely on Lighthouse to provide services for homeless and at-risk people that our church is not equipped to provide. Additionally, Lighthouse's mission to share the love of Christ permeates its culture. Our Diaconate thanks God that we have such a faithful partner in LM - we know that as we support the ministry, the souls we refer to it receive both physical and spiritual food.

Adrienne Hope P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enrolled my son there at 9 months there before he could even crawl and he recently left there November 2017 at the age of 3 1/2. I was blessed to have had him there in such a nurturing environment with wonderful teachers. He learned so much about God and Christianity. I never had an issue with him there and he was always loved and cared for. I highly recommended this daycare for anyone.

Norman W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife & I moved down here to Lakeland, FL in 2013. We weren’t coming here to retire, we were coming here to be “redirected”! After serving almost 40 years in full-time pastoral ministry, God “redirected” us to another kind of “ministry” - Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. In 2016 God opened the door for me to continue to work in full-time Ministry, and we’re very glad that He did! I am now “The Director of Church Relations”! And I love it! It’s a joy & privilege to continue to be used by Him to see people’s lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked here at lighthouse ministries, inc. in the preschool dep . I have seen God work in the mom's of the children grow with his love . Then pass it on to there children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've enrolled 3 children in Lighthouse Community Preschool over the years and I was always very thankful I did. The staff and Director has always treated us like family and taken care of my children likewise, blessing them with great educational teachings with a Biblical foundation. I continue to remain in touch as they truly have found a special spot in my heart as well as my children's. As I've always said, It takes a village to help me raise my children. I'm blessed Lighthouse Community Preschool was and continues to be a part of our Village.

Donor

Rating: 5

I really love what this organization stands for. They have many moving parts per se of all the different ways they help people in the community. I feel so strongly for what they do that they are still one of my preferred organizations to help out even though I don’t live in the state anymore. Lighthouse Ministries has touched my heart and thank God for such lovely people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lighthouse Ministries is doing a fine work in the city in which I live, Winter Haven, Florida. They house the homeless and abused women, as well as feed them. I volunteer to help them as often as I can. I see their kindness and caring attitudes first hand. I also donate to them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lighthouse Ministeries makes a long term, lasting difference in the lives of the homeless and the most needy. Through out the Bible we are reminded to have compassion on the poor. By supporting Lighthouse, I can be a small part of following Gods command. Seeing and hearing from the people who have been transformed reminds me of the difference Lighthouse really makes. Lighthouse Ministeries is so important to our communities and to the Kingdom Work. I am thankful for Lighthouse. Jeff

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We've been associated with Lighthouse Ministries for the last two years, and have been amazed by the quality and dedication of their leadership and personnel. Without exception, their personnel are driven by their desire to help others, and it shows in all levels of their work. This area is blessed to have an organization of this quality in our midst. They are honest, creative, and achieve incredible results with minimum resources. We are proud to be associated with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lighthouse ministries is a fantastic charity that does a great job of assisting men and women who where formerly homeless regain their footing in society. They do this through offering a program which provides those in the community who are homeless with shelter and an income via work at one of their many thrift shops in the Polk County/Central Florida area. They call the members of this program residents. The residents are offered a variety of counseling from bible studies and pastoral help to drug addiction counseling. I could not say enough positive things about Lighthouse ministries I think they are one of many generous and truly helpful charities in Lakeland.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Not good stewards of the donations given to the. In bet with multiple bad credit reviews.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to assist the Lighthouse this year prepare grocery bags for Thanksgiving for the less fortunate in our community, and wow it went wonderfully. We packed 1000 bags in five hours and their team was just great. The Lighthouse had all the food, bags and help in place and the whole operation went very smoothly. This is a homeless shelter but they ran this food outreach as good as any food bank I have ever seen. I was made aware of this outreach by way of Facebook and I brought along my friend from another ministry and we were both very impressed. Good Job Lighthouse and Staff!!