Valdosta Daily Times

October 26, 2012

LAMP: Lighting the way

Staff Writer
The Valdosta Daily Times

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.