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The Community House in Birmingham was filled with about 150 strong supporters and champions of Oakland County’s Lighthouse PATH program Friday night to celebrate the charitable organization’s 25th anniversary. Guests enjoyed cocktails as the attentive wait staff passed a variety of hors d’oeuvres, with background entertainment provided by the Midwest Dueling Pianos. A strolling dinner of beef tenderloin and carved turkey was served.

Lighthouse PATH (Pontiac Area Transitional Housing) helps homeless women and their children find stability and return to self-sufficiency in southeast Michigan. Since its existence, it has helped nearly 2,000 women. The program is a 24-month rigorous commitment that provides transitional housing and an abundance of resources, including education, job search, daycare, skill-building, financial literacy and budgeting.

During the event, former client Jenifer Hughes shared her powerful story of re-entering society with the direction and assistance of PATH. She explained how she went from being homeless to becoming a supervisor of food and beverage at MGM Grand Detroit Casino.

“PATH was a blessing,” she said. “It was everything my children and I needed. Everything I prayed for every day.”

Other speakers of the evening included Lighthouse CEO Rick David, PATH Chief Program Officer Wilma Abney, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and a videotaped message from Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Tickets to the event were $100.

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