Founded in 1975, Lighthouse Vocational Services is a 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to provide vocational services for persons with developmental disabilities to promote personal growth, opportunity and hope for their future.
Established upon Christ-centered values and principles, we believe that God created each individual with value and a purpose for life. This is and has been the driving force of the organization as we provide opportunity and challenge for adults with mental and physical challenges to find and develop greater independence and meaning in their lives.
“In 1975, when the organization was conceived, our society was still inclined to sequester individuals with emotional and intellectual needs. It was often more comfortable to conceal them out of sight in institutions. The Lighthouse Rehabilitation Center founders recognized that individuals with needs also had a potential to contribute to their own well-being as well as making a contribution to the larger community. What they needed was opportunities and assistance in developing these potentials. The hope of a few men and women of vision was to provide opportunities for help and healing in the context of a sheltered workshop, thus providing a prospect for individuals to get help while remaining in their homes and community. A lighthouse provided guidance, hope and direction to the sailor at sea by shining a beacon of light from a tower on a point of land or outcropping of rock.”1 This was the perfect illustration of the work we originally hoped to perform, and was chosen as the name. Rehabilitation Center was changed to Vocational Services later, but the original purpose of shining the light of hope and opportunity remains steadfast.
We currently operate a 25,000 square foot building in New Holland, PA where we conduct much of our programming using a sheltered (vocational) workshop model, which is defined as a ‘workplace that provides a supportive environment where physically or mentally challenged persons can acquire job skills and vocational experience. Today, there are 155 program participants, with approximately 125 participants using the building every day. We also provide a competitive employment program, where we take participants into the community and partner with businesses to provide work at their own locations.
 Nancy Witmer and Dr. David Young, The Lighthouse Story, 40th Anniversary, Lighthouse Vocational Services, May 2015.
We promote growth and a feeling of self worth for the individuals we serve.
We believe that God created each individual with value and a purpose for life. Founded
upon Christ-centered values and principles,
our mission is to provide vocational services
for persons with developmental disabilities to promote personal growth, opportunity and hope for their future.
Established upon Christ-centered values and principles, we believe that God created each individual with value and a purpose for life. This will continue to be the driving force of the organization.