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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You (LAMP Inc and LAMP's CEO, Donna Gallup, has continued to make a different) are my best!!
Andrew (Sandy) Wellman
Being at LAMP and meeting the members who are rebuilding their lives is an inspiration to those of us who are more fortunate. To survive mental disease and addiction is a lifelong challenge and those who suffer need support and a warm helping hand. Too many people are judgmental and critical, rather than helpful. I have a lot of respect for everyone involved, as it takes courage to admit to being mentally ill and/or addicted. I have a lot of respect for the employees who work very hard under sometimes difficult circumstances. I have a lot of respect for my fellow Board members who show up on Skid Row at 7:30 in the morning, and other times, giving their time and money to make a difference.
I became involved with LAMP as the producer of the film THE SOLOIST. My initial work was coordinating with the organization to assist us in making an authentic and accurate movie. I was so impressed with the work the organization was doing that I joined the board. The leadership at LAMP has continued to grow the agency into one of the leaders on Skid Row in Los Angeles and has created successful partnerships with other agencies, government and private entities in order to help the homeless and specifically those with mental illness. I am big believer in LAMP's policy of inclusion and the goal to create more and better operated permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles.