Founded in 1982, LAHC-Leaders Advancing & Helping Communities, formerly known as Lebanese American Heritage Club, began as an athletic organization in Dearborn, Michigan as an outlet for community members to connect and enjoy sports. As Dearborn’s population grew in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the founding members of LAHC began to discuss the needs of their growing community and set forth on a journey of developing programming that would meet those needs, with a mission and vision of empowering individuals, families and communities. As LAHC moved through this shift in focus from social activity to social service, its leaders engaged the greater community in projects and activities to provide youth with support and scholarships to pursue and excel in their academic endeavors. Over time, this foundation of youth development and education, along with the vision and strategic thinking of its leaders, led the organization to expand its impact of supporting youth by also supporting their parents, families and communities. With this intention firmly guiding its path, LAHC continued to grow, becoming a multi-service organization with leveraged funding, community resources and collaborative partnerships.
Today, LAHC serves over 30,000 people annually through its continuum of Youth Development and Education, Substance Abuse Prevention, Nutrition and Physical Fitness Education and Social Services programs, all of which are provided regardless of an individual’s or family’s race, religion, age, ethnicity, gender and/or sexual orientation.