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About Lighthouse

Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization with a goal to ensure that every resident of Placer County lives a safe, healthy and productive life. To achieve this end, we provide readily accessible services at no cost to children, youth, adults, and families who need physical, emotional and/or mental health resources to improve their quality of life. By providing a comprehensive list of programs and services, we assist individuals and families in becoming self reliant, able to contribute in meaningful ways to their community.

Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center exists to build the health and vitality of individuals and families for a stronger community. We are led by the values of the Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center:

  • Respect – We are sustained by supporting each other professionally and personally; and by respecting our roles and the value of our clients, supporters, and friends.
  • Dignity – We treat everyone with compassion, focusing on the strengths of our clients and each other.
  • Stewardship – We are responsible for making prudent and wise use of our resources in ways that achieve goals efficiently.
  • Community Focus – We make a meaningful difference by recognizing and pursuing opportunities, thinking creatively, and taking thoughtful action that supports the health and vitality of our community.
  • Excellence – We pursue excellence in everything we do; and recognize that excellence must be driven from within each one of us.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to strengthen families and improve the physical and emotional well-being of residents of Placer County by providing counseling, education, and easy access to community based resources.

Vision Statement

We envision a world where all children, families and communities thrive!


Lighthouse began in 1996 as a vision of key individuals from California State University Sacramento (CSUS), the Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD), Placer County Office of Education (PCOE), Placer County Health and Human Services and the City of Lincoln. The challenge presented to the community revolved around the historical lack of social services in the Lincoln/Sheridan community, and the reluctance of many of its residents to go to Roseville or Auburn to seek county health, mental health and other social services. Lincoln/Sheridan had been identified as a “pocket area” of the County, meaning that it is an area of high poverty with other at-risk indicators, including high rates of youth on probation and teen pregnancy and birth. The vision was to provide free, comprehensive mental health, health and social services to the residents of families served by the WPUSD. Today, much of the initial vision for Lighthouse has been realized. Lighthouse provides a full range of counseling services, advocacy, job assistance, women’s support groups, parenting classes, wellness classes, nutrition classes and more. The Placer County Women Infant and Children (WIC) program is also housed in our offices, helping us to be a one-stop shop for our clients. Each year, we serve more than 3,000 people living in Placer County.

In 2010, 2012 and 2013, Lighthouse won the “Best Non-Profit Award” given by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, we won “Best in Collaboration on a Long-Term Basis” from the Placer Collaborative Network. In 2013, Lighthouse was also awarded “Best of the Best” from the Lincoln News Messenger in the categories of Best Overall Non-profit and Best Customer Service. Surpassing even our own expectations, on July 30, 2014 Lighthouse was honored to receive five awards for “Best of the Best” by the Lincoln News Messenger. The awards were given for the categories of Best Non-Profit, Best Customer Service, Best Office Staff, Best Website and Best Volunteer. Most recently, in 2015, we won “Best of the Best” for Best Website and Best Place to Work. Overall, Lighthouse enjoys a very positive reputation for providing quality, professional, caring and collaborative services within the Placer County Community.