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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Lamp Community's mission is to end homelessness of Los Angeles' most vulnerable individuals, primarily adults with mental illness, through a continuum of services and housing, enabling them to reach their highest level of self-sufficiency and community integration. An estimated 10,000 people live in Downtown L.A.'s Skid Row area, more than one-third of this group are people with mental illness. About 80 percent self-medicate with addictive substances, and more than 20 percent test positive for HIV/AIDS. Lamp Community offers innovative and highly effective integrated services including housing, meals, health and mental health services, psychiatric care, drug recovery, job training and a robust set social services designed to promote self-worth and independence.Each year, Lamp Community serves more than 2,000 people with a proven record of success, 92 percent of people housed by Lamp Community succeed in the long-term.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lamps model and care for human kind should be a footprint for the rest of the country to follow. The care they take in progressing quality of life for all humans is unmatched. It is a pleasure to be part of such a caring well run organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At the beginning of my day I feel very fortunate to be a part of Lamp Community. I have spent over four and a half years working consistently to provide and give back to the community that I once resided in. I have deep memories that keep me proactive in day-to-day tasks today. experiences played into my initiative to bounce back, as a productive part of today's society as a candidate in my life it feels good making healthy decisions . At some point life takes a toll when you struggle with mental illness, the saying goes at some point we are stigmatized and we become victims but we don't stay victims we bounce back. I I personally have that experience up close and personal, recently I found out that I suffer from heart disease I may have to undergo surgery but I believe in my higher power that I will be treated with medication With that said I also suffer from grave emotional mental disorders sometimes it causes me to decompensate, in 2014 that is what happened to me. After four and a half years of dedicated work and treatment you never think that it would happen again but it did. Here we are in 2017 and I had to start all over from the ground up once again I pitch that tent, once again I did dibble and dab into addiction with behaviors. Today I have moved forward I have hope,I have a support teams and I have those deep memories from Lamp Community that plays into saving my life. Addition to this I am in school I have my own place, I'm still married and I am happy managing my mental illness I'm have bounced back into society with a bang by taking my baby steps I am blessed. I will be returning to work upon my full recovery. I am so grateful and to Lamp and all the things that they instilled in me. I want to give a special shout-out to CEO Miss Patricia Lopez, Stewart Robinson the gentleman that hired me and Dino, all of them are my heroes and they left a soft spot in their hearts for me on a professional level they left that door open so I can always come home. And for that I am forever so grateful. I had suffered a stroke which caused me to have short term memory loss but that is and will not stop me. I am taking pertinent courses in school that will have validity to my services. Once again I'm forever so grateful and thankful and don't worry Monica Potts is on her way home. With sincere regards.

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Donor

Rating: 5

i first learned of LAMP when i viewed the video Lost Angels Skid Row is my Home. i was immediately drawn to the story of the homeless in L A. i learned of the many struggles they have to deal often on a daily basis. After seeing the success LAMP has experienced i sent a small donation to LAMP. Shortly afterwards i was impressed with the response i received from LAMP's Director of Individual
Giving . Her name is Zhenya. She called me. i then decided i should visit their facilities in Los Angeles. i flew down for a two day visit. During my visit there i learned about several of their staff members. i also spent time with a few individuals they have taken off the streets. I subsequently donated more money. During my first visit i learned of the departments staffed to help the homeless help regain their sense of self dignity. i was deeply moved by their food and art department staffs. I later decided to donate things which I thought might be helpful to their photography and art department. i made my second visit when i drove down photography and art items that should help them in their efforts. i can't say enough about their work. Please consider how much your assistance even if minor might mean to those struggling to make a life for themselves. Remember much like a stone skipped on a still pond one may never know how the 'ripples' of thoughtful acts may influence those touched by them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the amazing changes Lamp has made on Skid Row. They've saved lives and reunited families. They bring out the best in everyone.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I worked with Lamp for more than 15 years and saw the changes it made in the lives of mentally ill men and women living in LA's Skid Row. A community was formed which transformed the lives of people who joined it. Lives were saved. Families were re-united. People found hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered several times for LAMP, and have found them to be very easy to work with and friendly. Their shelter spaces, at least the ones I've been to, are quite nice and the people they service are very warm and open. Highly recommended.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member of Lamp Community for over 4 years and have witnessed first hand the amazing work this organization does to help those who are homeless and suffer from mental illness, find a path to housing and stability. They meet you where you are (emotionally and physically) and unconditionally work with the client to create a plan for success. I am honored to be a part of the board and applause the work Lamp does every day!

Behnam A.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to and worked with Lamp over the past 18 months, and believe them to be of the highest integrity and very diligent in their mission. I personally look forward to assisting them in the future because of their mission to help the homeless without any other agenda.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Treating the mentally ill homeless with respect and caring is what we do. We provide many of the needed services and help them find what we cannot do. Being a part of LAMP has enriched my life also and I will always be an enthusiastic spokesperson.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Lamp Community for over 10 years and can't contain my enthusiasm and pride for the work Lamp does! The staff is so dedicated to the people served, they're amazing. And, the members are also inspiring. It is an environment of possibility becoming reality on so many levels that it is contagious.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A friend asked me for a way to 'give back', and in the process we both joined the board of LAMP Community. Lamp's approach to ending homelessness among the most vulnerable populations has proven to be tremendously effective and sensitive to the needs of people with multiple issues, mental and physical illnesses, and/or addiction. I am proud to be involved with Lamp, especially when I listen to the people it has helped. Over and over, they say Lamp has changed their lives, yet I see that they have taken the opportunity to make the changes themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for LAMP has been an amazing experience. Each event I take part in I am truly touched by their passion and drive to help their members reach their life goals. LAMP truly provides hope and structure for each individual which in turn enables them to find their own voice and path in this world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer for LAMP for a few different events and activities. I am always blown away by the work they do. Not only are they finding homes and jobs for their members, but they are giving their members a chance to express themselves, find self worth, and enjoy life. I am humbled by the work that they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lamps service to the community is a great blessing. I once faced homlessness myself and understsnd the importance of organizations like theese. thier dedication and hard work shows. Thier approach is effective and the impact they have on the people they come in contact with speaks volumes.

Pam_88

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lamp is well positioned to serve the most vulnerable on skid row and other areas around Los Angeles -- the homeless struggling with mental illness. Lamp has a committed team that truly make a difference in peoples' lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Lamp. With a background in social work, I know about the need for beds and health services including mental health. Lamp provides these with love and dedication, knowing the worth of every individual. As a citizen of Los Angeles I ask my fellow citizens to be aware, to care and to provide for this population as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The members of LAMP so appreciate the help that is being given, it motivates me to do even more. The staff do not seem to have lost their idealism and work very hard to stretch the dollars and make a wonderful impact. LAMP is a great role model in the work with the homeless.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Every time I walk down skid row in LA, and that is often, I am so glad that LAMP is part of the helping scene. We find homes for the homeless mentally ill, provide showers, laundry facilities, money management, 12 step groups and many other services for the poorest residents of LA County. I am recognized when I walk down skid row as one of the helpers and am never afraid though I am 5'2'', 105 lbs and over 70.

4 Monica41

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lamp Community is a heart field organization who reaches out to those from all walks of life. With their community spirit and compassion for those who are hard to reach, they offer services and support that many other organizations are not equipped to serve. They help clients interface with integration and gear them back into becoming a productive part of society. I have a up close and personal experience with Lamp for I am a part of their team and with the dedication and consistency Lamp has managed to have a overall successful rate in getting people housed and off the street to help them address their hidden agendas and creating a line of direction that will lead client in their every day practice. Thank you Lamp for all that you do. I am honored to be part of something so real and something that makes a total difference in the Skid row community. I a nominate Lamp Community the worlds safe haven for the people who get the opportunity to have a voice and get to be a part of life living happy and healthy . Thank you sincerely Monica Potts

Donor

Rating: 4

This organization really helps homeless mentally ill people. I used to work in the area and refer clients there with good results

Kim_81

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

For three years I was an employee at LAMP Community. During that time, the agency was instrumental in assisting several individuals with mental challenges, as well as homeless individuals meet and maintain housing. The agency was responsible for ensuring more than 80% of individuals in supportive housing, maintained their housing.

The time that I was worked for the agency, was wonderful, it was a great experience. I would not change it for the world. I felt so happy to work with the individuals that LAMP served, we truly made a difference in their lives.

I was laid off from the agen

monicp

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lamp is a organization that shows care to the community of people that are very hard to reach being a individual who once was in that circle of people I find that now being apart of the change is amazing. Lamp has supported my visions gave me recognition and walk me through my professional and personal life. I dedicate my life to given back to those that are caught in the grip of a cycle that rotates around and around, Lamp has successfully reach more individuals in this grip including myself and help me develop to a place in society that I thought I could never reach .I love being part of something so big and posing a positive impact to the people we serve life is always a gift when you have so many gifted people that dedicate their time, ideas and support to create a difference thank you Lamp once again for never giving up on us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Review: Our mission statement Lamp Community ends homelessness of Los Angeles' most vulnerable individuals, primarily adults with mental illness, through a continuumof services and housing, enabling them to reach their highest level of self-sufficiency and community integration.
My journy with Lamp is a inspiring on a agency that gives hope to the hopless and accepted me where I am. living with mental illness and drug addition in remission I have been afforded the oppurtunity to be present in my life and in the life of others. I am someone not just now a EE of Lamp but am grateful for all that they do today I part take in that cause instead of sleeping out side on the side walk beside Lamp and am dedicated to the change in our community. 30 years of chronic homelessness and the tradey I endured Lamp should be innominate number one NON profit of the year for the lens that they provide people who stuggle with a broad spetrium of adveristy and meet them right where they are at with no fees or conditons all they ask that you be present in your life and follow a few simple rules.Thank you Lamp for welcoming me/ I am honored to be apart of the cause that makes a diffrence in the skid Row community a place that is my home.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization has dedicated itself to providing for those in need. And they have done an outstanding job at it.

This is due to the dedicated people who work at Lamp.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LAMP, Inc. has a reputation in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles for providing services to the homeless community. The wide range of services offers opportunity to those in need. Employees are commited and have a great attitude. They have a laundry mat for the homeless, have budget classes, provide meals and mental health services. Hands down to LAMP.