LAMP Volunteers Provide Pizza Night For Residents

| July 6, 2016

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VALDOSTA-  Poonam Goel is committed to give from her heart.

Every Monday evening is Pizza Night at the LAMP (Lowndes Associated Ministries to People, Inc.) shelter thanks to Poonam’s generous food donations.

LAMP was started in 1984 by a small group of individuals, churches, and the synagogue in Lowndes County, Georgia. It was originally established as a clearinghouse that would monitor and steward the distribution of local assistance dollars.

Over the years, LAMP has become more than just a clearinghouse, it is now Lowndes County and the surrounding area’s local mission for the homeless. LAMP is partially-funded through government grants, but relies heavily on private donations and must show community support to receive matching grant dollars.

LAMP provides a shelter for homeless families, single parents, single women, and men with the ultimate goal of returning them to self-sufficiency. LAMP’s program requires residents to undergo life skills classes, such as money management, parenting, resume writing, and job interview skills. Residents must be pursuing a job, furthering their education, or actively working and saving at least half of their paycheck to continue living in the temporary housing facility.

Eighty percent of people who complete LAMP’s program never need assistance again. LAMP’s motto is “a hand up, not a handout.”

If you, your church, or civic organization is interested in providing a meal for LAMP residents, please see the “Volunteer” section of our website, http://lampinc.org/volunteer/, which includes a volunteer calendar and contact information for signing up.

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