Sheakly Center for youth
Lighthouse Youth Services is a non-profit organization that offers support for homeless children and young adults in the Cincinnati area. They purchased a 120-year-old industrial building in 2012 and with the goal of establishing a headquarters for their housing and support programs.
When work began, the original building had been abandoned for over 20 years. Everything had to be removed to prepare for renovations. Demolition took almost four months, leaving only the original concrete structure.
Funding was provided through a combination of state and local tax credits, along with numerous private and corporate donors. The result was a modern, safe facility that provides housing and 24-7 support for up to 24 children and 40 adults, along with meals, laundry, and social service support.