In 1984, a small group of individuals, churches, and the synagogue in Lowndes County, Georgia, formed Lowndes Associated Ministries to People (LAMP) 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 funded through grant money as well as private donations from the community.
“LAMP is a caring community of faith, providing for the basic needs of homeless and hurting members of our community. We believe that all persons are created in the image of God. We operate on the premise that all of God’s children have the same needs of food, clothing, shelter and love.”
Our Mission: A hand up, not a handout!
2018 Shelter Statistics
Housed 1,052 men, women & children
Placed 185 individuals into permanent housing
Served over 60,000 meals to our area’s homeless
Provided over 15,000 services to our area’s homeless – i.e. life skills classes, computer lab for job searches, transportation to and from job interviews and work, helping the homeless obtain proper identification, and much more
86% of the individuals who complete LAMP’s programs never need assistance again!
Government Grants= 54%
Local Donors= 31%
Local Foundations= 3%
United Way= 9%
Special Events= 3%
To support LAMP, alternative funding streams have been sought to supplement community dollars. The results has been the implementation of grant programs. Grant programs require LAMP to show we receive community support from local donors.However, grant dollars are not guaranteed and LAMP would like to rely less on government-funded programs.
THAT'S WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS SO IMPORTANT!
Take a look at this short video to learn about some of our former clients along with their testimonials about how L.A.M.P. and its services have helped to change their lives for the better!