The Lighthouse

Founded in 1893 as a settlement house, the mission of the Lighthouse is to provide educational, recreational and economic improvement programs to families and individuals to improve the quality of their lives, help them move toward self-sufficiency and nurture children and youth, guiding them to become contributing members of society. For more than 100 years the Kensington, Fairhill and North Philadelphia communities have relied on the Lighthouse to provide multi-cultural services that respond to the multi-dimensional needs of our communities’ members.


The Lighthouse testimony of Community has defined our organization for over 127 years and continues to be a beacon of positive opportunities for children in the classroom, during after school activities, and on the sports fields.  Every gift to The Lighthouse helps us grow stronger together and demonstrates your commitment to our mission and core values!

This year more than ever, annual gifts help the Lighthouse meet the challenges of our ever-changing world. As we begin a new year, your contribution will celebrate our children's access to an excellent education, extraordinary after school programs, and unparalleled inner city sports programs.  Your gift allows for us to imagine the possibilities.



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The Lighthouse has been my second home since the age of 2. It is where I have always felt accepted, welcomed and heard. I am not sure what my life would be like without this place.! 

Francheska Serrano, Alumna


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This is my child’s second year at the light house, the experience has been great.. The staff is always polite and the teachers are amazing and very much involved with the parents and students as well

Bianca De Jesus, Current Parent