The idea for Lighthouse was conceived by two mothers, Valerie Litchfield and Stephanie Wright, who discovered a few years ago that they shared something very special ~ they each had a gay son. The two families had a unique discovery process and each son had their own individual story, but the common thread that wove through these families was the great desire to meet and support other members of their new, much larger, LGBTQ+ family. Sadly, support groups and resources in the south suburbs are scarce at best.
At the same time, Phillip Barker, a Social Worker and Student Assistance Coordinator at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, expressed concern about the lack of resources and reached out to the mothers. Together, they created an informal and affirming opportunity for members of the LGBTQ+ community to gather together to share their stories, concerns, joys, questions, and experiences. Phillip enthusiastically agreed to help facilitate the group and Flossmoor Community Church generously offered the use of their Community House. In April 2016, Lighthouse officially opened its doors and is committed to the mission of accepting individuals as they are, and wherever they are, in their journeys.