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Review for Lower Lights Ministries, Columbus, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

One day I offered myself to work however the people at Lower Lights needed me to work. Bill gave me work in the newest Rachel's house, stripping the walls from the grime of its previous owners. I spent 4 hours scrubbing walls of an empty house, but as I sweated and scraped I couldn't help but pray over the house and dream for what could be. I thought about the women who may come through and the relationships that will be formed. I looked at the kitchen and wondered what kind of guests would be hosted there and what meals would be cooked by women who had been receiving their meals from a line for years. I went upstairs to work and thought about the rest the women would feel as they slept in their new house and as I stepped out on the front porch to cool off I thought of the people watching and long conversations these freed women would finally get the chance to have. The dreams stirred in me that day planted a seed in my mind about taking broken down ugly things (the house) and making them beautiful places of life. If I move back to Columbus when I graduate from University I would like to move into the Franklinton neighborhood and begin a life of making broken things beautiful again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working in the houses/services of different levels of participation (such as Rachel's House houses for women directly out of prison, affordable apartments for participants, and an actual house owned by a former participant.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I've prepared some of the Rachel's House houses/apartments, arranged informational visitis to churches, cleaned some of the houses, served food at community meals.