We are opening The Lampstand this fall!

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. 

Upon opening, The Lampstand will be the only residential program in Virginia dedicated to serving juvenile survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Our 90 day program will provide a safe space and comprehensive trauma-informed care for girls ages 12-17 years old. 

 

The meaning behind our name

The name, The Lampstand, is derived from Matthew 5:15

“No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a
lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house”

As others have been a beacon of hope for us in dark times, our
hope is that The Lampstand will be a safe space where girls can
experience the light of Jesus and shine brightly in the world.

Commonly Asked Questions

Is Street Ransom's safe home open yet?
Street Ransom anticipates opening The Lampstand safe home in the fall of 2021. As we have watched many shelters across the nation open and quickly close their doors, we have taken the time to raise sustainable funding, train our staff in trauma-informed care, and develop our program according to best practices.
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.
Street Ransom’s program is modeled after Wellspring Living, a leading anti-trafficking organization in the nation for residential care.

Who will you serve at the safe home?

To be accepted into the Lampstand, 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 Street Ransom 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 anticipate to 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 has the capacity for eight program participants at any given time. Each girl will have her own bedroom.
Where is The Lampstand 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 Street Ransom's short-term program?

There are several options for girls when they graduate from The Lampstand. 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). Another option is placement with a long-term residential program.

How can I apply to be in the program?

Check back soon for program participant applications. For questions regarding referrals and intakes, contact us at TLSreferrals@streetransom.com.

What items do you need for your safe home?

Click here to view our current needs and Target & Amazon Wish Lists.

How do I volunteer with Street Ransom?

We would love to have you! Click here to learn about all the ways you can serve our participants and submit an interest form.