Our Model

While most nonprofit immigration law offices focus exclusively on legal services, Lighthouse offers a unique service model that provides holistic case management, advocacy, education, outreach, in addition to legal services. 
Lighthouse’s triad model relies on the strength of a three-sided structure, where each side equally bears the
weight of change and community support.

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 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 its Holland Welcomes campaign, Immigrant Allies community coalition, intervention and education efforts with city and county government agencies, and advocacy campaigns, such as our DACA Position Letter.

Lighthouse meets the individual needs of immigrants and refugees through its low-cost legal services. Lighthouse offers direct 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.