How You Can Help


In 2016 Lighthouse Mission Ministries provided 101,014 nutritious meals and 57,128 nights of lodging to men, women, and children in our community.

The need is great and you can help by donating funds, material goods, or your time and skills. All donations are used to help local people in need. Thank you for your love and support. We could not serve our community without your help and generosity!

Other Ways to Help





1. Attend an Orientation.

See if the Mission is a good fit for you! Find out what we are all about and ways you can help – includes snacks and a tour.

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Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.


2. Submit a Volunteer Application.


3. Interview with our Volunteer Coordinator!

If you have any questions, you may reach Katie, our Volunteer Coordinator, at or (360) 733-5120, ext. 107.

*Food Worker Card required where applicable
A background check is necessary for potential Agape Home Volunteers.  We do not offer court-mandated community service hours. Not all volunteer opportunities are available for volunteers under the age of 18.  An adult must accompany a volunteer under the age of 18 during their volunteer service.

Thank you for your desire to help the homeless!

What You Can Do

What do you do when you see someone holding up a sign that says, “Will Work for Food”?

Do you roll down the window and give them money? Do you pretend you didn’t see them? Nobody likes to be confronted by the homeless — their needs often seem overwhelming — but we all want to treat them fairly and justly.

Here are some simple guidelines to equip you to truly help the homeless people you meet:

Another thing you can do to encourage them to go to the Mission is to hand them a referral card:

Cut them out, keep them in your wallet or purse, and the next time a panhandler approaches, you’ll be ready to give them a referral card. If you feel comfortable, enter into a conversation with the person who is panhandling. If you want to know more about the Mission before talking with people, read more about our services here on our website, or contact us to set up a tour. For more helpful tips on how to help people who are homeless, visit the post Panhandlers: How to Help.

A couple things to keep in mind: There are no fees to stay overnight or have a meal at the Mission. We’re able to provide these services because of your generosity. Please contact us at (360) 671-1562 if you would like to pick up referral cards or you can print them at the link above!

Pictured: One side of the referral card

Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor Club

What in the world is the Safe Harbor Club?!?  It’s an awesome group of people who regularly help men, women, and children who are homeless by donating to the Mission monthly or quarterly.  They get special Mission updates and stories each month – and no fundraising appeals.  Want in?  Give Jan or Rachel a call at 360.671.1562 or download and mail in this PDF.  Read on to learn more…



The Safe Harbor Club is based on God’s promise to provide a safe place for those who look to Him in times of need (Psalm 34).  This is what the Safe Harbor Club stands for ‐ to rescue and provide a safe harbor for the lost man, woman, and child.  Members ensure that help is available every day to those in need.

Your membership in the Safe Harbor Club has benefits:

  • The knowledge that you’re helping those in need in your own community.
  • Whenever you’d like to see how your gift is helping, you can come to the Mission for a tour or a chat.
  • As a Safe Harbor member, you would no longer receive appeal letters from us.
  • Instead, you’ll receive a special monthly letter with updates and stories about Mission guests. Each letter includes a convenient response form.
  • You’ll also be one of the first to know about upcoming special events.

I know that giving on a regular basis is a sacrifice.  At the same time, it’s one of the best ways to make a real, lasting impact on people’s lives.

All you need to do to become a Safe Harbor Club Member is let us know how much you would like to give each month or quarter. It can be any amount that you are able to give – you can send in a check, have your bank send a check, donate with your credit card, or set up a direct deposit with us. Whatever frequency or amount you choose will directly change people’s lives.

If you’d like to join the Safe Harbor Club, please give Jan or Rachel a call at 360.671.1562 or download and mail in this PDF.


Are you interested in serving at the Mission for academic credit?

Apply for one of our quarter-long internships in a variety of fields. We are looking for student interns who are willing to work 10-12 hours per week for an academic quarter. If you’re interested, submit an application (below) and send your resume to

Internship Application

Many of our interns graduate with a job in their field because of the experience they gained here!

Have questions?

Contact Katie, our Volunteer Coordinator, at or (360) 733-5120, ext. 107.



  • Men’s Shelter Intern (men only): Direct contact with guests experiencing homelessness and receiving services. Refer guests to community resources, gain case management experience, complete intakes, survey guests for feedback, pray with and encourage guests, maintain confidentiality, and spend time building relationships.


  • Agape Home Intern (women only): Direct service opportunity to discover the work done at a transitional housing program. Interview applicants, case manage, refer to community resources, convey application process to potential guests, facilitate class, lead house meeting/devotionals, manage conflict, pray with and encourage guests, record case notes.
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    • Drop-In Center Intern: Direct relational service with people who are experiencing homelessness. Build healthy relationships with guests while encouraging them to pursue new goals, refer guests to community resources, manage employment board, maintain hospitable atmosphere/cleanliness. Possible Concentrations – run coffee shop, lead a Bible study/class, other projects depending on interests and skills.


    • New Life Program Intern (men only): Direct relational service and chaplain apprenticeship. Build relationships with men committed to intentional Christian community, attend/teach New Life Program class, assist with class preparation. Counsel, pray for, and encourage guests, learn from experienced staff, lead a monthly chapel service.


    • Development Intern: Gain experience in the following areas: Marketing, donor/public relations, event planning, interacting with donors. Learn about the strategy and logistics of direct mail, organize fundraisers, pitch stories and events to the media, and contribute content and designs for brochures, ads, and website.


Open House

910 W Holly St

Thursday, August 3

3 – 7 pm

(Last tour will leave at 6:15pm)

Did you know? The Mission has been serving the homeless in Bellingham for 94 years.

Come learn how your support shelters and cares for 230 men, women, and children each night who would otherwise be homeless. Our staff and board will be offering tours of all four buildings, so come by anytime from 3 to 7 pm to see your gifts at work and enjoy complimentary refreshments.


Poverty Reconsidered: Christ, Charity, and the Effective Helper

Cornwall Church

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9am – 12pm

An interactive seminar facilitated by the Mission’s Executive Director, Hans Erchinger-Davis.

The Bible sends a clear message about our responsibility to serve and care for the poor. But how to carry out that calling is not so straightforward.

Poverty Reconsidered is for people who want to address all aspects of poverty from a biblical perspective. You’ll learn about the toxic effects some charity can have on the people it’s meant to benefit, deepen your understanding of the root causes of poverty here in Whatcom County, and grapple with effective, sustainable solutions.

Register here


Tips for Donating Items:

Before donating an item, please ask yourself: “Would I wear or use this item myself or give it to a friend?”

All material donations are received at the main Lighthouse Mission building at 910 W Holly St. Please use the fenced parking lot off F and Astor Streets behind the Mission. Use the intercom at the door and a staff member will come out to meet you.

Food donations are accepted during business hours on the South side of the main building at 910 West Holly Street. Yes, we do accept prepared food (e.g. leftovers from events or parties).

We cannot use open or outdated containers/packages of food, medications or healthcare/hygiene items.

We cannot use items that are torn, stained, broken, or otherwise in need of repair.

I’m sorry, we aren’t able to come to your location for pickup.

Please consider donating household furniture to Love, INC – a Bellingham ministry that helps people furnish their home when they first move in.

We have a small staff and limited space, so please call ahead if you’d like to donate a large quantity of items. Contact Justin at (360) 733-5120 ext. 103.

You can donate used cell phones to support the Mission. Send them in or drop them off at the Mission’s front desk.

Please know that any donations given beyond the needs of our guests will be donated to other organizations.

Note: Clothing is not currently needed unless specifically noted below

Most Needed Items:

Always Needed:

  1. Laundry detergent (HE – for high efficiency machines)
  2. Toilet paper
  3. Twin-size sheet sets (in neutral colors)

Drop-In Center:

  1. New pillows
  2. Pillowcases
  3. Twin size blankets (fleece only for ease of drying)
  4. Large print Bibles
  5. Cots (5-10 needed): See Example


  1. Ground beef
  2. Apples, oranges, and bananas
  3. Coffee
  4. Paper napkins

Agape Home (women & children):

  1. Panini maker / George Foreman grill
  2. Floor lamps (4-6 needed)
  3. New yoga/sweat pants all sizes
  4. Chapstick or another lip moisturizer
  5. Wrapping paper and ribbon for birthday gifts
  6. Portable/washable highchairs (Click to see example)

Men’s Shelters:

  1. New underwear (size medium)
  2. Good or new shoes size 9 through 12
  3. New socks
  4. 10 desk lamps

Planned Giving

With a Planned Gift, You Can:
  • Support and care for homeless men, women, and children for years to come
  • Receive valuable tax benefits now
  • Contribute to Mission growth opportunities in the future!

As people who care for the homeless and the Mission that serves them, you can give to restore people through Christ — today, tomorrow, and beyond. Any size gift makes an enormous difference.

The things you’ve carefully saved up for, like personal property, retirement funds, and insurance policies, can become tools for charitable estate gift planning.

Ways You Can Leave Your Legacy:
  • Giving a Cash Gift
  • Wills and Bequests
  • Retirement Assets
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Life Insurance
  • Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Funds

We encourage you to take care of your family first! After that, please prayerfully consider including the Lighthouse Mission Ministries Foundation in your gift planning.

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Lighthouse Mission Ministries Foundation

The Foundation supports Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM) by supplementing the annual operating budget, helping with large non-general fund purchases (i.e. replacing old vehicles or updating facilities), and contributing to capital campaigns (expansion projects). An endowed account in the Foundation enables growth without compromising the ongoing financial support the Mission needs to cover unexpected monthly expenses.

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LMM Foundation Board Members

Del Bosman (President)
David Cottingham
Gary Haveman
John Bosman
Ralph Lautenbach
Ron Starkenburg

Tax ID: 421711412

Planned Giving Interest

Please fill out this form if you'd like to learn more about planned giving. Our Executive Director, Hans Erchinger-Davis, would love to set up a time to meet with you and to give you a tour of the Mission.

You can also talk with the Executive Director (Hans) by phone at (360) 733-5120 or by email at

There are also two funds set up for Lighthouse Mission through Whatcom Community Foundation: the Lighthouse Mission Ministries Endowment Fund and the Agape Home Endowment Fund.

TIP: Start thinking about estate planning now, take the first step and keep important documents in one place.  Here’s a simple list of the documents every person should gather together to make sure all estate information is at hand.


Sponsor an Upcoming Mission Event




If you are interested in supporting us this way, please contact Jessica: or 733-5120 Ext. 123