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For two years we prayed for a place of refuge where girls who have been exploited could rest, heal, and grow. In His perfect timing, God led us to a property to serve this purpose, and on October 31, 2016, we purchased 30+ acres of land in the Roanoke Valley area. Right away we began work on the property and completed all major renovations without going into debt by the summer of 2017.
The Lampstand is the only residential program in Virginia dedicated to serving juvenile survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Our 6-12 month program provides a safe space and comprehensive trauma-informed care for girls ages 12-17 years old.
Our eight bedrooms are designed to be a space of safety, rest, and comfort. Every girl who walks into our safehome gets to choose her own uniquely decorated bedroom. When she enters, she is greeted with a welcome basket full of personal care items and goodies to make her feel loved and special.
We provide the opportunity for girls to continue their education onsite in our safehome. Our classroom is equipped with the technology and tools to take a trauma-informed approach and meet individual learning needs. Each participant is enrolled in an online curriculum and receives support from our staff and tutors to help her achieve her educational goals.
Our commercial grade kitchen allows plenty of space for participants to have fun learning basic cooking and baking skills. Our full-time cook works in conjunction with our nutritionist to prepare healthy meals and snack options to encourage choices and a healthy relationship with food.
Sharing meals together is an opportunity for building connection and deepening relationships. This is why our table is big enough for staff and participants to sit and eat together.
This cozy area is reserved for relaxation and fun! Participants can snuggle up on the couch with their favorite weighted stuffed animal or gather together to watch a movie or play games. This space is also where spiritual and personal growth takes place, like Bible studies and reading.
Our in-house salon allows each girl in our program a fresh start–beginning with her hair and nails if she wishes! We want to give her the opportunity to make choices for herself, claim her identity, and celebrate her unique beauty. More than anything, our desire is for her to know she is a beautiful creation worthy of love.
Upon entering our safehome, girls receive all of the essential clothing and personal care items. To shop in the Bloom Boutique, girls earn tokens through a positive reinforcement reward system. Our onsite boutique is stocked full of brand new clothing and accessories, including shoes, jewelry, makeup, journals, and more!
commonly asked questions
Is The Lampstand safehome open?
Yes, The Lampstand safehome opened in March 2022. We are now accepting referrals!
What is the purpose of your program?
We exist to support survivors as they begin their journey of healing. We focus on safety, stability, therapy, spiritual growth, goal setting, life skills, and education.
Our program is modeled after Wellspring Living, a leading anti-trafficking organization in the nation for residential care.
Who do you serve at the safehome?
To enter our program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• 12-17 year old females
• Residents of Virginia
• Suspicion or confirmation of sexual exploitation in recent or past history
While The Lampstand is a faith-based organization, we do not discriminate against who we serve. We offer services to all victims of sexual exploitation who meet our program criteria regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, age, health status, sexual orientation, or gender.
How do survivors come to your program?
We receive referrals from the Department of Social Services, foster care agencies, detention centers, court orders, parents and guardians, law enforcement, or self-referrals.
How many girls can you serve at a time?
The Lampstand safehome has the capacity for eight program participants at any given time. Each girl has her own bedroom.
Where is the safehome located?
Our safe home is in the Greater Roanoke Valley located in Southwest Virginia. The exact location is undisclosed to the public for safety purposes.
Where do girls go after The Lampstand residential program?
There are several options for girls when they graduate from The Lampstand safehome. When appropriate, program graduates may reunite with their families. Graduates may also be placed in therapeutic foster care or with an Expanded Family through Patrick Henry Family Services (a church-based alternative to state-run foster care).
How can I apply to be in the program?
Click here to view and submit a participant application. For questions regarding referrals and intakes, contact us at TLSreferrals@thelampstandva.org.
What items do you need for your safe home?
Click here to view our current needs and Target & Amazon wishlists.
How do I volunteer with the Lampstand?
We currently offer positions on an as-needed basis. Click here to learn about all the ways you can serve and submit an interest form.
questions about our residential program?
For more information regarding referrals and our intake process, please contact us at
540-777-4663 or TLSreferrals@thelampstandva.org