Founded in 1982, The LAHC- Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities began as an athletic organization in Dearborn, Michigan to provide members of the community with an outlet to connect and enjoy sports. As Dearborn’s population increased in the 1980’s and 1990’s, it became home to the largest, concentrated population of Arab Americans in the United States. The founding members of the LAHC realized the need to expand the organization’s programs in order to serve the needs of the growing community and set forth on a journey of developing programming that would further their mission and vision.
As the LAHC began to shift gears from an athletic and health related organization, they began to engage the greater community in participating in projects and activities that would promote the culture of their Arab ancestors, promote social engagement and networking and provide assistance to youth through scholarships that would aide in the advancement of their academic endeavors.
Since its inception, the LAHC, a 501 c(3) non-profit organization, has continued to grow and develop initiatives that have expanded to serve members of the greater Michigan community in a variety of ways through a variety of diverse programs and initiatives for all to engage in and benefit from. The LAHC’s programs are geared to serve children, youth, seniors and families regardless of their race, religion, age, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
The LAHC is dedicated to providing quality events, programs and projects and through the economic downturn, we have remained steadfast in accomplishing our goals and fulfilling our vision to further our initiatives and increase our activities to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our commitment and love for the residents of our great State has allowed for us to continue moving forward and our organization has been able to grow to become one of America’s most prestigious and well respected organizations; and is not only nationally, but internationally recognized for its success and achievements.