LIGHTHOUSE - The Spokane area's safe home for at-risk young women.
LIGHTHOUSE IS OPEN & WELCOMING TEEN WOMEN from SPOKANE & all over the U.S.! A safe, secure and LOVING HOME ENVIRONMENT where survivor's of trauma can find RESOURCES, and HEALING. WHAT is LIGHTHOUSE? Lighthouse is part of the "Freedom Railroad" Its COST-FREE to the survivors we serve, and a PRIVATE Spokane area home where young women can REST and REBUILD their lives after tough experiences. Lighthouse allows residents to access RESOURCES and take their time to reintegrate, as well as learn how to make safe & free choices. For the safety of our residents, Lighthouse and other Host Home locations are not disclosed. Residency is on a CASE-BY-CASE basis to ensure the safety of all our clients.
HOW does LIGHTHOUSE work? WE ARE NOT A PROGRAM! Jonah believes that we are here to serve kids wherever they are at, and at Lighthouse our goal is to provide a safe, structured homewhere young women can experience real Freedom. Lighthouse maintains House Leaders that live alongside and walk with our survivors. These House Leaders help with everything from medication and school schedules to teaching kiddos how to make a great omelet! Basically, they provide a parental presence for ladies who may not have one - and look out for the safety of our other residents. In addition, each resident is assigned a 1-on-1 advocate to assist them with resources, transportation and navigating life choices. As always, our advocates are there to provide compassion and be a guide for building healthy relationships. During this process residents address "Critical Figure" models, engage in healthy activities, pursue degrees, education or counseling as needed - and even grow as a family! There is no deadline, end-date, or timeline on healing for our residents. We will walk with them, house them, and love them as long as it takes for them to transition to a healthier life. If they stay engaged so do we!
WHY is LIGHTHOUSE so effective? Many of our victims have experienced trauma from a very early age. Others come from broken homes, poverty, struggles with addiction, or other difficult challenges. Being able to experience and be a part of family in its truest sense; a group of people who look out for and love one another, can not only accelerate the building of trust and healthy relationships... but actually accelerate and aide the healing process! In fact, a recent scientific report from the U.S. State Dept. (see below) on human trafficking supported the concept of family environments and safe, secure homes over facilities and programs. The Jonah Project believes care should be skilled, transparent & trauma-informed, but there is simply no substitute for LOVE:
In addition, being a resident of Lighthouse affords other opportunities for support and involvement within the community. From taking part in outreach projects or meal deliveries to the homeless, to sharing their faith with others - the residents of Lighthouse will learn what it means to walk in Freedom, and to realize that God created us all to love and be loved!
LIGHTHOUSE Stories! "The Jonah Project is an organization that has provided me with various resources. The Jonah Project has donated many things to me when I was in a time of struggle...clothing, hygiene products, and food to name a few. JP has great advocates that have helped me with my needs, like getting me to appointments to providing mentoring... A time that sticks out to me was when an advocate helped me with my financial aid for college, or when an advocate took me to get a replacement of my social security card. Or when an advocate took me to my counselor’s appointment. For me there is a specific advocate that makes sure I have everything I need. She is constantly checking in with me and providing emotional support. Having a caring, positive influence does make the difference. The Jonah Project is a special organization that has a lot to offer people in need. There is so much good that has been and will be done by the Jonah Project and I can testify to that." "Janelle" Teen Survivor 16 "Jonah Project has been an amazing organization to work with. They work tirelessly to meet students with their needs and where they are at. I have had two students that I work with housed with Jonah Project. Not only did Jonah Project house these vulnerable youth, but went above and beyond. Jonah Project helped get these students mental health services, substance abuse counseling, clothing, mentors and appropriate school placements. Their communication with me has always been excellent, and we have worked together every step of the way to get these high risk kiddos to a stable spot. I have enjoyed working with each and every staff that I have met through the Jonah Project!" -Danielle Duffey HEART Specialist - N.C. high school
"I had the very unique opportunity of being the Jonah Projects very first house leader...During my time at light house I cared for about 15 different young women, some I had with me for 6 months, some I had for just a few days but with everyone my goal was just to simply give them a safe place and a feeling of belonging. For me it’s always been about belonging, My job was to make sure that even if it was just for a few hours, they would feel like they belonged and they were loved. I could go on with stories of dance parties, shopping days and long talks on the kitchen floor. I saw girls come in who wouldn’t speak a word transform into confident young women. But even with all those amazing stories and unbelievable transformations, the thing I am most grateful for is what it did in me to be a house leader. I learned how to care for someone even when it got painful, I learned how to rely on Jesus when my own strength was far from gone and I learned that it is always, and I mean always worth it to love people with all that you have, all the time. I am forever grateful for my time as Lighthouse leader, and even more grateful to be a Jonah girl." -Liberty Allen House Leader