Lighthouse Care is a beacon of hope for families all over Logan, having provided affordable food to over half a million families in the region.
What inspired Lighthouse is a light in a dark tunnel.
Debbie Hill, owner and founder of Lighthouse Care, reflects back when she wasn’t well, struggling through tough times. She experienced what it is to be down on your luck and not be treated with decency.
“I’ve experienced what it was like to be treated less than human, to be treated be like an animal, and when I recovered, I knew I didn’t want anyone else who is struggling to go through the same thing.” explains Debbie.
Debbie needed to make a difference, and with her husband Ron and his support, they both grabbed a few loaves of bread, drove to Eagleby in their van and handed them out. Debbie and Ron became a light for those who needed it.
From the van, it grew to the garage of their house, and from their home, it grew to the warehouse in Loganholme we all know today. People from Logan, Ipswich, Redland and Gold Coast come to Lighthouse Care.
As for Debbie, she cannot count the amount stories that have stuck with her. Coming across families from all creeds, she has learnt a valuable lesson.
Working and building this organisation I’ve learnt not to judge people. You don’t know what they are going through, no matter how nice their car is or how nice their clothes are, they too are going through tough times.
Lighthouse Care’s reach has grown further during these difficult times, with click and collect at their warehouses, Loganholme and their newest store Hillcrest. Lighthouse care also provides home delivery reaching as far as Burleigh Heads, Dinmore and Caboolture.
With support from food banks, charities and the local community, Debbie and Ron are grateful to be able make a positive impact in someone else’s life, no matter how small.
“The amount of people we’ve helped is incredible. It brings me great joy knowing how I have helped them. I wouldn’t be doing anything else,” says Debbie.
IMAGE (C) Beauden Gouge