In 2012 we learned about a 14-year-old girl who had been sold for sex across the state of Virginia. Law enforcement recovered her but could not transport her home right away. Without any other safe housing options, she spent that night in a juvenile detention center.
Our hearts were burdened. We knew other girls in our community needed a safe place to go and individualized care after experiencing unimaginable abuse and exploitation.
After a year of prayer and seeking council, The Lampstand was founded in 2013 as a ministry of Straight Street Roanoke Valley to address this need.
We started by educating the community about sex trafficking and meeting immediate needs of victims and surviviors through partnering with law enforcement and service providers.
But we knew God was also calling us to open a safehome where girls who have been sexually exploited could rest, heal, and grow. In His perfect timing, God led us to a property on 30+ acres. On October 31, 2016, we purchased the property and started renovations the next day.
As we witnessed many shelters open and quickly close, we took the time to raise sustainable funding, train our staff in trauma-informed care, learn from mentors and survivors, and develop our program according to best practices.
In 2022 our vision became reality, and we opened our doors!
come as you are
While our program is faith-based, we do not discriminate against who we serve. We offer services to anyone who meets our program criteria regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religious views, belief system, or background.