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Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center

Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center


Non-Profit Organization


Our Mission

We help individuals and families heal by providing counseling, educational classes, and easy access to resources.

Our Vision

The vision of Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center is to build healthy families and communities.

Our History

Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center was formed in 1996 as part of the Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) serving families with children attending WPUSD. In 2005, Lighthouse became a separate 501c3 non-profit which allowed Lighthouse to expand its operations and serve more families in the Lincoln area. Continually expanding its reach across Placer County, today Lighthouse is a full-service Counseling and Family Resource Center serving approximately 4,000 Placer County residents each year. Lighthouse’s reputation for providing quality services to individuals and families in need continues to grow and over time has received numerous awards.

In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Lighthouse won the “Nonprofit of the Year” award by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 Lighthouse won “Best in Collaboration Award” from the Placer Collaborative Network. In 2013, Lighthouse was awarded “Best of the Best” from the Lincoln News Messenger in the categories of Best Overall Nonprofit and Best Customer Service. In 2014, Lighthouse was honored to receive five awards for “Best of the Best” by the Lincoln News Messenger. The five awards included Best Non-Profit, Best Customer Service, Best Office Staff, Best Website and Best Volunteers. In 2015, we won “Best of the Best” for Best Website and Best Place to Work.

Lighthouse was a 2017 finalist for the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce in the categories of “Certified Smile Maker Award” and “Community Service Organization of the Year.” Our Executive Director was also nominated as “Business Person of the Year.” In 2020, Lighthouse again won “Nonprofit of the Year” award by the Lincoln News Messenger.

Over the years, Lighthouse has received multiple Certificates of Recognition from Senator Ted Gaines, Assembly Member Kevin Kiley, U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock, and the Lincoln Community Foundation. Overall, Lighthouse enjoys a very positive reputation for providing quality, professional, caring and collaborative services within Placer County.

Lighthouse Core Values

  • FAMILY: We value the structure, internal relationships, and uniqueness of each family.
  • COMPASSION: We value the physical and emotional health and mental well-being of each youth, adult, and family in our community.
  • CHARACTER: We believe in the inherent goodness of all youth, adults, and families and in their ability to make healthy choices and positive change.
  • DEDICATION: We value our board and staff commitment to timely intervention and programming that address youth and families in need or in crisis in our community.
  • COMMUNITY: We value our agency’s internal relationships and collaborations with partner agencies and the community in order to provide proficient services.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: We are committed to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism applying principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, honest communication and accountability, and by working together with other professionals to achieve optimal health and wellness for the people we serve.

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Gary McDonald
Executive Director

Julie Baird
Development Associate

Sabrina Dean
Office Manager/FRC Manager

Miriam Feese

Lauren Hughes

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