The LightHouse

Once a LightHouse kid, always a LightHouse kid!

Volunteers of America North Louisiana’s LightHouse program seeks to eliminate poverty through education. Addressing academic and social skills, we work with our children and their families to find a way out of neighborhoods that often leave them feeling trapped.

A center of community life since 1986, the LightHouse offers a wide range of programs serving children, adolescents and their families. Our goals are educational achievement, economic self-sufficiency, and faithful citizenship.

We now serve over 400 children in seven sites. We have two community-based sites: Downtown Shreveport and Bossier City’s Scott Street Housing Complex. Our school-based sites serve students at J.S. Clark and Forest Hill Elementary Schools; Broadmoor and Fair Park Middle Schools and Booker T. Washington High School.

Our Model

For almost 30 years, The LightHouse has provided a safe, encouraging environment focused on high academic expectations for children in their own neighborhoods or at school. Students arrive at The LightHouse, receive a nutritious snack, and then have time and assistance to do their homework. Our site coordinators are famous for saying “there’s no such thing as no homework” and providing enrichment activities.

The staff knows academics are not the only key to success. Because of a variety of outstanding partners, those activities include Library time, life skills training, STEM programs, cooking, yoga, ballet, drama and more.

For high school students, Teen Club program operates during later hours and provides programming targeted to high school students such as seminars on college/financial aid, STDs, personal hygiene, drug/alcohol abuse, career and further education opportunities, etc.

Family Support

Our services to children are only effective if we reach the entire family. Our site coordinators keep in contact with families to see what other needs might exist in the home and how the community can help. If complicated issues arise, children and their families can be referred to our licensed counselors for help. Parents also have access to laundry facilities and a computer lab.


For the 2017-18 school year, The LightHouse served 513 children. Of those 90 percent lived in poverty and 72 percent lived with a single parent or other non-parent guardian.

  • 2.91 average GPA for LightHouse students
  • 100% of students stayed in school
  • 100% of seniors had a plan for college, work or the military after graduation

Visit the LightHouse

The LightHouse program enriches all of us by bringing people together in service. Because we rely on private donations to bridge our gap, your support is critical. You are welcome to come visit anytime or during one of our regular tours, where you’ll hear from someone who’s life has been touched by the LightHouse.


The LightHouse is funded in part by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and The United Way of Northwest Louisiana.

United Way