Kristy is one of the many that turned 18, "fell through the cracks", and experienced homelessness. Listen as she explains how her life could have been impacted by a place like
LeJourney was entered into foster care at the age of 2 years old. She explains her birth parents were young and had three children, they were in and out of jail, and struggled with substance use. She had been in 4 to 5 foster homes prior to being adopted. LeJourney says that she did not have a positive relationship with her adoptive family and often times did not feel supported. She states that “when I got closer to being 18, it was kind of like I was closer to being and adult and I had to get my stuff together.” She knew she was going to be on her own but she was “definitely not ready.” She felt “thrown into the world at age 18.” Nervous about turning 18 and feeling overwhelmed with little support she “jumped into a relationship” and “became dependent on that person.” There was so much uncertainty on how to be independent to include not knowing how to drive, not knowing how she would be able get to school and/or work, and at times not sure if she was able to buy groceries. At one point she was even homeless during this first year of being an adult. She explained, “the relationship was toxic but also a relief” for her since she had a place to stay and able to get her needs met.
L.A.M.B’s Place would have been “an amazing thing for me during that time because of the support being offered and the affordable housing,” explains LeJourney. She explains that she may not have entered the “toxic” relationship to get needs met because she would have “been able to reach out to someone if she had questions or a problem” to include “having guidance on simple things like buying groceries and paying bills.” Having a “place to call home” would have helped her “not constantly think about what I am going to do” and provided her an improved “mental state” and improved “self-love.” A place like L.A.M.B’s Place “could have empowered me to focus on reaching my goals like working and going to school.”
Meet the Stanley's
Why We Support L.A.M.B's Place
Amelia Stanley states that she remembers all too well the struggles from being a child from a broken
home, having divorced parents. She understands and knows the feeling of being helpless and life looking
hopeless as her single Mother tried her best to make ends meat. “No child should ever feel that way.
But way too often that is the case, I understand how important it is to have stability and to be
surrounded by love and support and good influences.”
Now as a Christian mother she says she also knows how important it is to give your children a strong
spiritual foundation. Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)(Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he
will not depart from it). She explains she did not have a lot growing up but she had Jesus and knows
without a doubt God heard and answered her prayers.
Amelia fully believes that very young person needs to know that there is always hope with Jesus and
that you are never helpless, Philippians 4:13 (I Can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. )
She believes that L.A.M.B’s Place is the place that can supply all of this for a young person. And while
doing so giving glory to God (Corinthians 10:31 KJV) (31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.) Amelia states, “that the moment I heard about L.A.M.B’s
Place it has been near and dear to my heart and that is why my family and I supports L.A.M.B’s Place.