Light the Way, Inc.   Staff  

Phyllis Thistlewood    -    Light the Way, Inc. Director

Phyllis Thistlewood comes to Light The Way, Inc., with a 38-year administrative background in a community mental health setting. In October of 2006, she attended the Corporation for Supportive Housing Institute and received 8 months of training on financing, developing and operating supportive housing to help end homelessness for people with special needs and who are at risk of being homeless. It has been her passion and long-time dream to see housing obtained for people in the community with these needs. Hence, Haven House, a 14-unit apartment complex was built and is now filled with residents and operating for the purpose it was built.  Also, since that time, Light the Way, Inc.has expanded to 8 additional "Open Doors" properties in the community for homeless individuals.

Phyllis and her husband, Bill, have been married for 33 years and live in Paducah. She spends most of her days in Metropolis at work or in church activities at the Community of Christ in the Metropolis Community. Her 3 sisters, brother and their families all live and work in the Metropolis area, and she and her entire family are invested in the Metropolis Community and believe in giving back to make the community a better place to live.

Phyllis gains much joy and satisfaction from watching the residents enjoying their new homes and being a part of helping them to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest. She also enjoys working at Light The Way, Inc., with her co-workers and really believes that she has a great team with the caring, compassion and nurturing skills they have to offer.



Danny Thomas

Billing  & Transportation  




  Debbie  Wessel 

  Service Coordinator and Representative Payee


Crystal Meinders

Case Management 

   Benny Skelton

Maintenance / Transportation


Pat Smith 

Maintenance  & Security