"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18
My past is no longer here. My present is today. My future is waiting and I will start planning now. I will treat myself with love, make each day a positive one, and not allow self-pity to control me. It is survival of the fittest and challenges myself to focus not on what others do for me but what I can do to help other people.
Our founder, Pamela Wray , has over 42 years of experience in marketing, management, accounting, and finance with corporate, governmental, military and small business as an employee and business owner of a corporation, nine small businesses and three nonprofit organizations.
She has six degrees - BSBA in Business Administration: Triple Major in Marketing, Management and Accounting; BS in Nursing, BS in Computer Programming, Systems Analysis, BS in Physician's/Surgical Assistant and BS in Christian Studies and Ministry and Masters in Medical and Social Psychology.
She holds eleven Military Occupational Specialties and is a former commanding officer in the U.S. Army Special Operation Command. She has eight certifications in business, publishing and editing, substance abuse counseling, finance, computer design and web design.
A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER:
"As founder of The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries and an active Christian, I am committed to working one-on-one with individual inmates, whether local, state, or federal, who really want to change their lives. Years upon years of living behind bars within the prison's own little world, society and pecking order, it leaves inmates with a large, thick wall built in place by isolation, aggressiveness, heartbreak and the need to be tough enough to make it behind bars without being killed or used.
My job is to break down those walls, one step at a time. Most inmates have some form of substance or alcohol abuse along with mental health issues, that show episodes of pseudo-split personalities: you deal with the true person and the addict in the same person. You have to be tough, determined and persevere in the face of the ex-offenders' "hustle game to perform just enough to get out of prison or remain on a borderline with their parole officers".
I truly believe that each person has a right to make mistakes in their lives and start all over as many times as it takes to achieve their own definition of success. It is up to all of us who work in the trenches offering support, services and programs to ex-offenders that will break downs the walls of apathy and resentment in our society and help these individuals go forward into a successful life style."
I am not an Executive Director who sits in an ivory tower pushing paper - I am a hands-on Director. I plan and conduct all workshops, classes and special events. I secure and pickup donations and deliver them to the appropriate venues. I am active in all our special events and programs from wrapping Christmas gifts, baking goodies, repair and remodeling of our transitional houses to all administrative, marketing and management duties with the assistance of 140 individuals, businesses, agencies and corporations.
You will never experience the social issues or problems unless you work the streets and work in trenches. It always gives me a pause to be thankful for my and many family's blessings at the end of each day.
Association of Addiction Medicine
Association of Addiction Professionals
National Coalition of Homeless
Association of Professional Counselors
Billy Graham's Institute for Prison Ministries
Prison Fellowship International
Association of Prison Re-entry
U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council
Community Support and Reintegration Committee, Member, USDOJ Re-entry Council, Second Chance Act
Housing Committee, Member, USDOJ Second Chance Act
Prison Re-entry Program, St Clair Correctional Facility, Birmingham, AL
Prison Re-entry, Shelby County Court System, Columbiana, AL
Homeless Shelter Directory
National Alliance to End Homelessness,
Main Street, Birmingham, AL
National Coalition for the Homeless
Alabama Women's Resource Network
Alabama Prison Network
United States Justice Network
Justice Center: The Council for State Governments
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Winner, "Top 2015 Business", DiversifedBusiness. com 2015
Winner, "Top 50 Veteran Owned Business", DiversifedBusiness. com 2014.
Nominee, , "2014 White House Champion of Change for Expanding Reentry Employment Opportunities"
Winner, "Outstanding Woman in the Community", UAB Womens Center, 2014
Winner, "2013 Best Social Services", Birmingham, AL
2013 Presidential "Citizen's Award" Winner
"Emerging Star", Nominee, 2012, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC
Nominee, 13th Annual National Business Awards, 2012, 8 categories
Nominee, Lady Godiva Women of Inspiration Award, 2012
"Make a Difference" award, February 2011, Alabama 13 and America's First Federal Credit Union
Valedictorian and VOTED MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, Evangel High School
Outstanding Achievement Awards and Citations for professional activities
Superior Performance Ratings, 1980-1992
"Who's Who of Executives Guild", 2000
"Outstanding Volunteer", 1999, 8th Annual Women Committed to Excellence, Cottaquilla Council of Girl Scouts, Nominee
"Outstanding Distinguished Professional", 1998, 7th Annual Women Committed to Excellence, Cottaquilla Council of Girl Scouts, Winner
"Woman Committed to Excellence", 1996, 5th Annual Women Committed to Excellence, Cottaquilla Council of Girl Scouts
"Corporate Recognition", 1995, 4th Annual Women Committed to Excellence, Cottaquilla Council of Girl Scouts
"Who's Who in U.S. Executives"
"Sterling's Who's Who"
"International Who's Who of Professionals"
"International Who's Who of Information Technology"
"Who's Who in U.S. Entrepreneurs"
"1997 Positive Performer", INC. Magazine and MCI, nominee, 1997
"1996 Entrepreneur of the Year- Socially Responsible", INC. Magazine, Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch, Southeast Region, nominee, 1996
"The World's Who's Who of Women", International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England, 1996
"The 1996 Reach Awards", CFO Magazine and Mastercard, nominee, 1996
"1995 Entrepreneur of the Year- Socially Responsible", INC. Magazine, Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch, Southeast Region, nominee, Southeastern Region runner-up, 1995
"AT&T/Home-Based Business Owner", Entrepreneur Magazine/AT&T, nominee, 1995
"1995 Small Business Leader of the Year", Piedmont Area, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, nominee, 1995