Linda Lampe is just such a person, a visionary and advocate for those in need. Linda lives by her mission statement: “To change the face of homelessness; the way the homeless see themselves, the way they see others and the way others see them.”
To achieve this goal, her vision is to create an environment of encouragement, acceptance and accountability within a homelike atmosphere. She converted the basement of a former hospital into a welcoming sanctuary. Linda provides those in need with hot food, showers, clean clothing, connections to other services.
“We aspire to get people off the streets,” says Linda. “In less than three years, my husband Patrick and I have helped 129 men, women and children get off the streets permanently.
Linda says one of the big challenges in serving homeless in rural areas is people are not in one central location. She and Patrick have found the solution to the problem by going out to homeless camps. They make regular visits with supplies of tents, sleeping bags, hot meals, water and other necessities, all delivered with ample doses of Linda’s tender love and care. She gains their trust and encourages them to come to “My Father’s House.”
“At My Father’s House, we are not promoting homelessness, we are ending it,” explains Linda. “It is our desire to help each person in need to reach their fullest potential.”
Linda was recognized as a prestigious Jefferson Award Honoree in 2016 dedication to community service. In 2017, Hollister Community Outreach became a tax exempt 501 (c) 3 non-profit. She is hopeful that with her non-profit status will inspire others to help her to keep My Father’s House operating. To date 90 percent of the operating expenses are from her and her husband’s personal finances. This amazing work has been accomplished without any government funding.
Linda’s goal is to have a fully functional facility, so she can assist people that don’t fit into the cookie cutter mold that bureaucratic government agencies offer with limited results. Linda’s visions are a strategic and effective way to solve the problem of homelessness. She believes this model will work nationwide.
email us here
View full experience