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Lighthouse Receives $8,000 from the Oakland County Association of Credit Unions Golf Classic

The Oakland County Association of Credit Unions Golf Classic, held on June 20, provided $8,000 to Lighthouse of Oakland County, a non-profit shelter assisting the community’s homeless population.

“The donation could not have come at a more critical time as there was still a need to complete the purchase of two vans from Bowman Chevrolet for about $8,000 as these two vans, one cargo and one passenger were critically needed in support of our PATH shelter program in Pontiac and the Food Pantry in Clarkston Michigan,” said Russ Russell, chief development officer.

Recently, Lighthouse of Oakland County merged with South Oakland County to have a stronger response to poverty as the need for shelter has increased by 21% and food insecurity is still at one in every five people.

“We believe bringing our organizations together offers a broader response to economic disparity that will greatly benefit those we serve,” continued Russell. Contributions like these are critical to provide a stronger response.

Together, they will be better positioned to:

  • Respond to the immediate basic needs of those experiencing poverty.
  • Work with economically challenged households to establish longer-term stability.
  • Address the environmental factors that reinforce economic disparity, such as food security, housing affordability and access to transportation.
  • Engage, educate and empower the community to ensure all people have access to a better quality of life. 

“The ultimate goal of joining forces is to create a larger, more robust and multifaceted organization to focus on human services and a stronger response to poverty,” Russell explained. “This plan will enable us to have a larger impact in our communities and better situate us to target the higher-need areas.”

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2019-08-29 00:00:00