Cincinnati Business Courier Profiles Lighthouse President & CEO Paul Haffner
Rashidah Sellers, Director of Residential Services/Treatment Programs at Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, is the 2021 OneSource Center Emerging Leader Award recipient
Lighthouse is proud to be honored again as an Innovator in LGBTQ Inclusion, the highest tier of recognition by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families project!
Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, a leader in social and human services for young people and families, is pleased to announce Thuy (pronounced twee) Kolik will join the nonprofit’s leadership team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kolik will succeed Judy Oakman, who will retire this fall.
"Our shelter is always full. What we see is that the young people we serve need someone to walk side by side with them, connect them to resources, and set some goals. It's about giving them a pathway. We're always building youth up to walk that path." Bonita Campbell, Vice President of Homeless Youth Services.
Bonita Campbell says, on any given day, about 40% of those staying in the Lighthouse Youth Shelter where she works identify as LGBTQ+. When asked why she thought that was, Campbell said, "Because of our society, because families really struggle to accept their young people as LGBTQ+. For that reason, Lighthouse is very intentional about creating an environment that is welcoming to all.
“That’s the lowest I’ve ever been,” said Walker, who is now 23. “I thought about it for a second, and I said, you know, I’m very independent. And I am independently bringing myself to a homeless shelter so I feel like I could get a lot of help.” That is exactly what happened.
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Now in its third year, the work of ending youth homelessness in Hamilton County through the KEYS to a Future Without Youth Homelessness (KEYS) is moving forward, making progress, and adapting to meet young people’s needs.
"Advocates, including Lighthouse, see a troubling trend aggravated by the pandemic: an avalanche of need for youth homelessness services." Read why Lighthouse COO Jodi Harding remains confident that together we can end youth homelessness, despite the many challenges.