Making a difference one man at a time
The Opelousas Lighthouse Mission is a Christian-based emergency and transitional shelter for homeless men. The shelter not only provides the men with food, shelter, medical and transportation expenses, they also educate and provide them with spiritual guidance to get them on a successful life path.
Men who seek assistance at OLM are expected to help with cleaning, gardening, lawn care and cooking, according to the capabilities of each man. They maintain a year-round vegetable garden with assistance from Southern University. These work programs help men gain work skills, build self-esteem and learn teamwork.
The Lighthouse partners also work with the St. Landry Parish Drug Court to assist men interested in getting their GED’s. A job readiness course is also offered and the men are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The goal is that the result of the experience at OLM will better prepare these men to gain employment once they leave the mission.
OLM creators believe that a foundation rooted in Christian principles is the basis for a fruitful and productive life. Daily morning devotions, weekly bible studies and chapel services are all a part of the mission.
Executive Director Johnny Carriere says the organization “strives to serve the needs of this community with love, patience, respect, and honor.”
“We know what it takes to bring dignity back to a man who has been broken and beat down. I know with the power of God that we can accomplish all of our goals here at the Opelousas Lighthouse Mission,” Carriere says.
If you are interested in assisting or volunteering, you can contact the Opelousas Lighthouse Mission at (337) 948-8865 or email [email protected].
You can also send donations or make Amazon purchases to donate to the mission through their website at www.olmission.org