Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 26, 2012

LAMP: Lighting the way

VALDOSTA — Lowndes Associated Ministries to People has long provided opportunities for people seeking new opportunities.

Earlier this week, The Times published two LAMP success stories.

A mother of three lived in a LAMP shelter after arriving in Valdosta for a promised job that did not materialize. She and her children moved into the LAMP shelter until they could get back on their feet.

She then applied for a job in LAMP and Valdosta State University Students In  Free Enterprise’s Clean Sweep program, a business opportunity offering employees not only work cleaning houses and businesses but the tools for the employees to eventually own and operate their own cleaning services.

Unemployment led to a different women needing the LAMP shelter on four different occasions. During her last visit, she vowed to take charge of her life. She took the LAMP life courses, learned how to save her money, bought a car and moved out of the shelter.

Still, she returned to the shelter, but this time as a shelter manager. Working eight-hour shifts, she supervises shelter residents whose experiences she knows well.

Overall, the LAMP shelter offers as many as 75-80 people places to stay. Potential residents can be single women, women with children, men with children, and married couples.

LAMP operates the only long-term shelter in Lowndes County and the only shelter in the area which will accommodate single fathers and their children.

LAMP notes that 75 percent of the people who complete its programs never need assistance again. LAMP can also provide $5 in services for every donated dollar.

For 30 years, LAMP has changed people’s lives, and it continues living its new mantra of “lighting the way to brighter futures.”

To contact LAMP: Call (229) 245-7157.

Text Only
What We Think
  • Program works to make men

    The idea is to change patterns.

    April 23, 2014

  • Missing persons: Fill in the blanks

    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    April 19, 2014

  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results