COVID-19 Emergency Food & Shelter Fund


COVID-19 Emergency Food & Shelter Fund raised $3,515,834.96 on HandUp!

$3,515,834.96 raised of $3,500,000 Goal
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Help Lighthouse and our Oakland County partners ensure no person goes hungry or without a roof over their head during this community crisis.

About this Campaign

For more than five months, Lighthouse has been adapting to provide emergency shelter and food to our neighbors in need during a global pandemic. As Michigan’s “stay at home” order continues, dedicated Oakland County nonprofits are rising up and working together to increase services to those most in need.

We still need your help!

The Oakland County COVID-19 Emergency Food and Shelter Response Team includes: Lighthouse, The Alliance for Housing, City of Pontiac, HOPE Adult Shelter, Honor Community Health, Micha 6, Oakland County, Oakland Schools Homeless Student Services, Oakland University, Pontiac Community Foundation, and Pontiac Meals on Wheels.


Creating program contingency plans and a coordinated COVID-19 response has been key in continuing to help those in need while limiting the risks of contracting and spreading the virus. Thanks to the support of hundreds of donors and numerous community partners, the following emergency plans have been put into place.

Expanding Emergency Food Distribution

  • With Oakland University serving as the emergency food storage and packaging hub and Lighthouse purchasing much of the food at or below cost, the collaborative is able to serve more people with more food. Thousands of individuals are being served each week.
  • Our new efforts include home delivery, so that households, including seniors and those without transportation, can receive food and supplies while remaining at home.
  • Gardner-White Furniture, Two Men and a Truck, and Vision to Learn have donated their time and equipment to transport food boxes to three distribution sites including Lighthouse offices in Pontiac and Clarkston, and Lighthouse’s satellite pantry at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield.

Expanding Emergency Shelter

  • Lighthouse and HOPE Adult Shelter have been working together to provide emergency shelter to an increased number of clients at local motels to ensure the safety of clients and staff. We are currently providing safe shelter to over 100% more clients than normal.
  • Lighthouse has partnered with the County to ensure Lighthouse and HOPE Adult Shelter clients are provided three daily meals.

To keep up with all Lighthouse updates surrounding COVID-19, please stay tuned to our website.


Thank you to the following organizations for supporting our emergency efforts:

Bank of America, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Christ Church Cranbrook, Vera & Joseph Dresner Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, Filmer Memorial Charitable Trust, Flagstar Bank, Emily and Henry Ford III, Genisys Credit Union, Here to Help, The Jewish Fund, The Jewish Fund Teen Board, June & Cecil McDole Charitable Fund, McGregor Fund, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, NeighborWorks America, Pontiac Rotary Club, Suburban Collection, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and more.

Thank you to the hundreds of other organizations and individuals that have stepped in to assist us during this difficult time!


*In the event that the funds raised aren’t spent down during this crisis, the balance will be used to assist the future needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

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We have reached our 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Fund goal!
December 21, 2020 at 1:17 PM

Thank you to the William Davidson Foundation for a surprise gift of $100,000 to support our emergency response efforts! Their gift, along with donations from 1,232 others, have helped us reach our goal of raising $3.5 million this year.

These funds gave Lighthouse the ability to provide emergency food and shelter to thousands of families in need throughout our community this year. With your help, we were able to move our emergency shelter to a hotel for safety reasons and quadruple its capacity. We also stepped up our food distribution services - going from serving around 225 individuals to nearly 5,000 each week.

Your gift to this campaign has made all of our efforts possible this year!

With 2020 coming to an end, we are currently planning our 2021 campaign to continue support to those who need it most. However, donations are always needed to support our stability services, which are helping keep individuals housed and financially secure. We hope that you will include Lighthouse in your holiday season giving. To make a donation, please visit:

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A $50 donation supports medical co-pays for clients seeking testing

346 supporters


A $100 donation can provide groceries for a family in Oakland County

404 supporters


A $500 donation supports a week in a hotel for a family needing to be quarantined

54 supporters


A $1000 donation supports the cleaning of our facility to limit the spread of COVID-19

32 supporters


Any donation, however large or small, will make a difference in someone's life today.

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