Deer Park, NY – Lighting the Way Transition House is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to housing and feeding the less fortunate. Founded in 2010 by community activists Ulysses Jackson, Ken Alfred and Kevin Walker, the organization was created to address homelessness on Long Island, offering stability to those individuals at risk for displacement.
“We’re doing it for the passion,” says Jackson. “To see someone stay in the house for a few months and move on to the next level or to feed someone who is hungry, it’s all for love.”
“It started from an idea and activated into a reality,” adds Alfred.
A full-service residential treatment center, Lighting the Way provides ongoing support, training, mentoring and counseling. Residents are self-sufficient; they simply need a roof over their head to sustain them financially through a difficult period. Residents are welcome to live in the house for anywhere from one month to a year, provided they are over 18, employable and actively working to improve their lives.
“I’ve seen the ups and the downs of life. I’ve been on both sides of the fence,” says Walker. “When people decide to get their life together, something should be in place to help them. With the economic collapse and housing being so scarce, it’s even more essential.”
Lighting the Way will host its second charity event, the Hurricane Sandy Charity Event on Saturday, December 29th at the George Washington School in Deer Park, NY. The event will feature food, prizes, raffles, live music and a talent show for the children in the community.
“We are accepting donations, however that is not our focus with this event," says Alfred. "We would prefer this event be something the families in our community can hold on to as a memory.”
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