Lighthouse meets the individual needs of immigrants and refugees through its low-cost legal services. Lighthouse offers legal services for a nominal fee to those living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Approximately 95 percent of Lighthouse’s clients fall below this level. Furthermore, Lighthouse believes that everyone is entitled to low-cost, high quality immigration legal services. For this reason, there is a sliding fee scale for those living above 200 percent of the FPG.
Lighthouse’s outreach and education efforts are fundamental to realizing equity and social justice for immigrants and refugees. They are the foundation for the change we seek in West Michigan. In a world of “fake news” and fear-mongering campaigns to vilify immigrants and refugees, Lighthouse’s education services are more needed now than ever. We visit churches, organizations, colleges, businesses, and schools, giving a variety of presentations on immigration law and policy.
As Lighthouse builds a foundation for change with outreach and education, Lighthouse is also implementing a variety of advocacy projects. Lighthouse’s advocacy efforts are necessary to realize change and reform at the local, state, and federal levels. Lighthouse advocates through position letters to state and local representatives, national campaigns like Public Charge, and active participation in efforts to change local policy towards immigrants & refugees.