Ministry Updates

South Oakland Shelter Update

COVID Response Network Volunteer Opportunity!

Trinity-St. Marks Toy Box Update

Thank you to all that generously donated to the Trinity-St. Marks Toy Box program.  The goal was to give 50 families $50 gift cards for a total of $2,500.  CCB alone just contributed $2,213.02 nearly their entire goal!  Thank you CCB!

Lighthouse Thanksgiving Food Drive:  brought in 80 bags (!) for Pontiac residents

South Oakland Shelter Update: Each year, we begin preparations for hosting the South Oakland Shelter in August.  When the pandemic began, SOS suspended the rotating program and has been housing clients in a hotel in Auburn Hills.  What had been a shelter housing 30-35 men, women & children has increased to 90!  In this model, housing costs are $60,000 per month plus $25,000 per month in food costs (two individually packaged meals per person per day plus continental breakfast).  That breaks down to roughly $225 per person per week.  While SOS/Lighthouse has received some grant funding to offset these costs, this model will be in effect for the foreseeable future and monetary donations are needed.

In lieu of hosting the shelter during our usual week in October, CCB and its partner churches are hoping to raise $1,000 per church.  If you would like to donate to this effort, you may mail a check to the church with SOS in the memo line or donate online at the CCB website.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Payer or Lynn Wilsher.

COVID Response Network Volunteer Opportunity!  Since mid-March, more than 1,200 volunteers with the COVID Response Network have served the needs of more than 2,000 households in Oakland County and beyond.  Almost 10,000 aid requests have been completed, including more than 7,000 food deliveries representing more than 500,000 meals.

With many volunteers returning to work, additional drivers are needed to make deliveries of produce, milk, eggs, bread & non-perishable items to the same families one or more afternoons each week.  The pickup site has moved from Oakland University to: 2230 Mall Dr E, Waterford Twp, MI 48328 (W off Telegraph Rd in the old Summit Place Mall complex).  An additional pickup site has been added on Mondays at: Genesis the Church, 309 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067.  It’s 100% no contact (i.e. your car is loaded and you drop off on recipient’s porch) and depending on the number of deliveries, takes approx. 2 hours.  If you are interested in participating, go to to sign up.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Wilsher.