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Lighthouse Children's Home is beacon of light for at-risk Tallahassee teens

Posted at 6:33 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 18:33:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Several area non-profits are being recognized for their work by The Beatitude Foundation and #GiveTLH. On Monday, we're highlighting The Lighthouse.

It's a home dedicated to helping teens move forward and giving them guidance for the future. A place of second chances.

"We teach them how to have a good life and character and how to live when they leave here," said Billy Hudson, President of Lighthouse Children's Home.

That's what the Lighthouse Children's Home does for local at-risk teenage girls who need a shelter from life's storms.

"Most of them come from very broken homes - there is no structure in their homes and making them realize - getting them to the point where they realize that structure and discipline is all part of life," said Vonnie Morgan, Dorm Supervisor at Lighthouse Children's Home.

Morgan says it's all about discipline, structure, love and the word of God and has been since the home was built in Tallahassee 42 years ago.

There is a full campus on 14 acres with a gym and school. All students are required to be a part of the Lighthouse Children's Home Choir.

"Most of them have never sang - and as their life begins to change and the Lord begins to get a hold of their hearts, they love to sing and you see the change in them through the singing," said Morgan.

It costs about $1,500 a month to house and feed each child and if a parent or guardian cannot send the child to college, Lighthouse will.

The average stay is about a year, sometimes longer, enough time for them to find a path.

"They can never stand before God and say that they didn't have a chance, no matter what the situation was, they had a chance here," said Hudson.

The Lighthouse relies completely on donations. You can find more information about that by clicking here.