Lighthouse Therapeutic Community Outreach Foundation (Lighthouse TCO) is the spirit manifestation of Tara D. Wallace who believes every individual should have the opportunity to experience mental and emotional wellness.
Communities of color have historically been impacted by poverty resulting from systemic and economic oppression founded in institutions like slavery, family separation, mass incarceration, redlining and many other policies and practices which continue to target and traumatize people of color. Accessing services to treat racialized trauma can be burdensome to families with limited emotional, physical and financial resources.
Many families are subjected to further trauma after connecting with resources when they are forced to meet requirements that are not sensitive to their unique situations. When a family fails to meet restrictive attendance or participation requirements, for example, they can be removed from a program or have their access significantly reduced.
The penalty for situational poverty should not be further trauma and emotional, physical or financial poverty. Lighthouse TCO provides education, resources and skills to help communities of color continue their journey of resilience and holistic wellness in a way that honors and respects their culture.
“There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can't otherwise see; you hear things you can't otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us.” -- Bryan Stevenson