Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center offers classes for health and well-being

By: Brody Fernandez
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What: LighthouseCounseling & FamilyResourceCenter


427 A St., Suite 400, Lincoln

Open: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Info: 916-645-3300 or

Since 1996­, the Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center in downtown Lincoln has been rooted in educational counseling.

Originally working with the Western Placer Unified School District, it became a nonprofit organization in 2005, according to Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center executive director Gary McDonald.

Today, the resource center has more than 100 partner agencies and annually serves 3,000-plus Placer County residents.

“Lighthouse receives 29 percent of its funding from First 5 Placer to serve children ages 0 to 5.  The Mental Health Services Act, funded through Placer County Health and Human Services,” McDonald said, “accounts for 31 percent of funding. General donations and corporate sponsorships total 25 percent.”

The nonprofit organization also receives funds through its annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, which will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Orchard Creek Lodge in Lincoln.

 “We are not a ‘hand-out’ organization, we are a ‘hand-up’ organization,” said Lighthouse executive director Gary McDonald. “We literally save lives here at Lighthouse.”

Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center at 427 A St., Suite 400, offers classes and training programs aimed at helping families in need and ensuring a healthy and stable home living environment.

 For instance, the employment readiness class helps clients improve their resumes and cover letters, while developing their short- and long-term employment goals.

Another class is the co-parenting class, which provides tools to divorced parents on how to cooperatively and effectively raise their children in a non-confrontational and healthy environment.

   Residents can learn more about these classes and register online or call the office during business hours. Dates and times for the classes vary. The classes are free and are offered in Spanish and English.

“We remain one of the most efficient nonprofits in the country with $0.93 of every dollar we spend funding our programs.” McDonald said.

 The nonprofit organization also offers a wide range of resources to families in need, connecting them with other nonprofit agencies that help facilitate  specific needs, such as a diaper bank for new parents, medical assistance, backpack programs and holiday food and children’s gifts. 

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