Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter have joined forces to provide a stronger response to poverty in the area. The organization works to end homelessness and help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lighthouse is collecting food donations at its offices in Pontiac and Clarkston and asking for volunteers to help deliver food boxes. It is also raising funds to help with emergency preparedness plans to protect clients, staff, and volunteers. The SOS Emergency Shelter maintains 30-35 beds and accepts men, women, and children on a first-call, first-serve basis. It also offers an on-site clothing closet, showers, and washers and dryers. Each week, a congregation hosts the shelter guests. More than 80 percent of the shelter guests successfully enter permanent housing. Lighthouse also has three food pantries across Michigan and offers a Direct Services program to help people in need of basic supplies such as emergency food, money for utilities, and rental assistance. It also offers referrals to outside agencies for additional help and helps families with long-term planning and budgeting.
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