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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.



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.

Behnam A.


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.


Rating: 4

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


Rating: 5

I am more than happy to donate to the Lamp Community. Lamp has been improving incrementally since Donna Gallup, the present CEO, has taken very positive steps in Its orginization. As aa high school graduate I am sometimes surprised by the quality of my life and I have been more than happy to donate to Lamp. A friend that I graduated with and was a big part of my early life has not been so fortunate. As I am approaching retirement in New Jersey I heard from friends that he is homeless in California, and I can really appreciate the help that Lamp could be to him and others like him. The recent push for volunteerism is to be commended, encouraged and certainly supported.



Rating: 5

I have been involved with LAMP as a donor and volunteer for the past decade. Their model is very effective in dealing with homelessness. They focus on the chronically mentally ill, house them and provide extensive services at a cost that is below $20K. It is less expensive for LAMP to house a homeless person than it is for them to be on the street. It is a very professionally run organization. The director is focused and driven. The staff is committed and is very competent. The results are evident. If LAMP were increased tenfold or even more they could solve homelessness in Los Angeles.

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