Local Homeless Shelter Hosts Lunch and Learn for Local Pastors and Churches

| August 14, 2016

LAMP

VALDOSTA- Lowndes Associated Ministries to People (LAMP), Inc. is hosting a Clergy Chat and Chew Session on Tuesday, August 23rdfrom 11 am to noon.  A free lunch will be included.  This session is the first of many to provide a tour of the facilities and the organizations role in providing services for local homeless families with children, single men and single women.  The lunch and learn is free and will be held at 714 Charlton St. in Valdosta.  LAMP is a nonprofit 501 C 3 organization that provides a hand up, not a hand out to local homeless individuals.  This lunch and learn is opened to local area Pastors, Clergy and Church Leaders in the nine surrounding counties that LAMP serves including Brooks, Berrien, Cook,  Lowndes, Lanier, Echols, Turner, Tift, and Thomas.  To reserve a seat and meal at the event contact LAMP’s Development Director, Sharah Denton at sdenton@lampinc.org or call 229-245-7157 ext. 289.

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.

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