Son Shine Lighthouse Ministries is a faith based program designed to help women and also women with children. It is a voluntary program, serving women from a variety of backgrounds. For some women, this is the chance to get their children back who are involved in a CPS case and who may be living in foster care. At the Lighthouse, we provide a safe, loving, home environment where they are in a highly structured and well supervised environment. The emphasis is on a strong spiritual foundation and furthering their education. The daily schedule includes addiction recovery programs, life skills, parenting, job readiness, GED study (if needed), and social skills. These classes are offered on a daily basis throughout our 1 year program. Women in our program get daily Bible study classes where they learn about God and how to form a lasting relationship with our Lord and Savior. Women are also involved in daily work chores and assignments. These tasks teach them responsibility and self-discipline needed for change and growth. Our program has four phases, each of which carries individual goals and requirements in order to move up in the program. In phases 1 and 2 the women are required to memorize scriptures, complete book assignments, and attend all classes and church services that we provide. Phases 3 and 4 are individualized to meet our resident’s personal needs but usually include locating work and transitioning back into the world. Although our program is approximately a year in length, we understand that each person is unique and therefore we do not require women to leave before they are ready to rejoin society. We have an extension to our program called the “Extended Stay” where she can stay and pay rent while taking advantage of the structure of the program while also continuing to save money to get out on her own.
While in the program, each woman is assigned to a mentor with whom they meet with once a week. These weekly meetings give the resident the opportunity to share their struggles, talk about their progress, and pray with their mentor. During their time at SSLM the residents will find a sponsor through Celebrate Recovery, connect with local churches and learn where their own ministry lies.
We currently serve 10- 15 women and their children due to staffing and budget constraints. We have full time and part time staff members, with 24 hour live in staff onsite. We are an inter-denominational; Christ centered faith based organization which provides free services to our residents, funded by churches and individuals throughout our area.