November 6, 2012
The day I walked into Lamp Community my life changed. Prior to Lamp I was in a battle with myself. I was performing what I would call self sabatage. I didnt care about anything, i didnt allow anyone to help me and I grew very isolated. As a transgender woman of color I faced alot of adversity within a short period of time. I believed nobody cared about me because the people I loved had hurt me and didnt accept me at the time. Relationships with others didnt last and I was suffering from servere mental illness. The only place that accepted and embraced me at the time seemed like the streets, there I found comfort in being myself and walking down my own path which at the time i wasnt aware was self destruction. One day I walked into Lamp to use the bathroom and ended up becoming a member, from there I recieved the services that lamp provides. I found purpose in wanting to give back and help because Lamp meet me where i was at! from the time i walked through the door Lamp provided me with a new positive direction. My advocate thought id be a great fit for a new project called the Peer Advocate Pilot Project (PAPP) through Lamp. PAPP is a program that integrades members into society by providing tool base skills that will give members self awareness and personal development. One of the tools that help me was titled " Taking Care Of Yourself" It was there I realized how much I was abusing myself and being my worst enemie. I wanted hope to regain control back over my life and thats what Lamp gave me. Today I work at lamp as a peer supporter advocating for my peers and helping them the same way lamp helped me. Lamp help me realize my purpose which is to now be a voice for a positive change and to help. Without Lamp I honestly dont know if I would still be here today. With my association through lamp and for Lamp I nominate it the #1 Non profit Organization, hands down.
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