LAMP Welcomes Randall Godfrey as 2017 Changing Lives Dinner Speaker

| January 5, 2017


VALDOSTA –  Lowndes Associated Ministries to People, better known as LAMP, will welcome former American Football Linebacker and Valdosta native, Randall Godfrey as their 2017 Changing Lives Dinner keynote speaker.  The dinner will be held March 2, 2017 at 6:30 the Valdosta State University Student Union Ballroom.  Corporate tables and sponsorships are available.  More information can be found at, or by contacting LAMP Development Director, Sharah Denton at 229-245-7157 or

Godfrey played collegiate football at the University of Georgia, majoring in housing and consumer economics.  He is also an alum of Lowndes High School where he played football.  He was drafted in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and since then he has also played for the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins.

Godfrey retired in 2008 and has a been committed to giving back to his hometown community.  The Randall Godfrey All-Star Football Camp is designed for children ages 6-16 years old and an opportunity for them to reach their full potential as a football player and young adult. The camp is based on fundamentals and emphasizes individual instruction.  LAMP is excited to have Godfrey as the keynote speaker for its annual dinner.

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, and single women 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.”

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