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Lighthouse for Families Community Services


Lighthouse for Families, the community-based counseling arm of The Methodist Home, began providing therapeutic services in July 2007. Our community programs offer an array of services including:

  • Counseling services for children, families and adults with mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders.
  • Evaluations/assessments addressing areas such as trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence and parental fitness
  • Skilled visitation program

Our mission is to provide high quality counseling and support services to restore childhoods, promote stability and strengthen the families in our community. We have an extensive, knowledgeable clinical team comprised of licensed therapists, a psychiatrist, nurses, paraprofessionals, certified peer specialists and family coaches to support our mission.


Jill Stapleton obtained a bachelor degree from Mercer University and a Master of Social Work from Florida State University before joining The Methodist Home in May 1999. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jill oversees all clinical services within each region. She also oversees HOPE Foster Care and manages all Lighthouse for Families programs.

Jill Stapleton, LCSW

Vice President of Clinical Services

Dottie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan College and then began working at The Methodist Home in 1998. She has achieved certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as specialized training from the treatment of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). As Clinical Director, Dottie’s responsibilities include: providing oversight, management and supervision of therapeutic services provided to our community clients.

Dottie Chambers, LPC

Clinical Director of Counseling Program - Macon

Jeannie Powell obtained her B.S. degree in Psychology and Masters in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University.  Jeannie began working at The Methodist Home in 2001 as a Family Consultant in the HOPE Foster Care program. Jeannie obtained her license as a counselor in 2004 and then became a Therapist in 2006. In August 2018, Jeannie became the Director of Community Services. She oversees and supervises the visitation program, superior court visitation cases, and the completion of behavioral health assessments.

Jeannie Powell

Director of Community Services - Macon


Karen has a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Community Counseling from Columbus State University. After working with a large community behavioral health agency for 10 years, Karen joined The Methodist Home in February 2018. Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is also a certified trainer for suicide prevention. As Clinical Director, Karen manages and oversees the therapeutic and outpatient services provide to our clients.


Karen Cotton-Everett, LPC

Clinical Director - Columbus


Here’s what Lighthouse for Families clients shared about our services:

Lighthouse for Families has been our beacon of light and hope during a very difficult situation. Their services have been life changing.” – Husband & Wife

I learned a lot on how to be a parent through Lighthouse for Families. I learned a lot about me and how to handle my thoughts. I learned how to talk to my children. I’m really alive because of a lot of help I got at Lighthouse for Families.”  – Adult Client

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