GERMANTOWN – When Pamela Price’s phone rings, many callers on the other end of the line do not know where to turn to for rental assistance, free back-to-school supplies, help with food or other critical needs.
For the last few years, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the L.M. (Life Ministry) Foundation has served as a bridge to help individuals locate answers and support, in addition to providing a variety of services and programs for families in need from Montgomery County, the District of Columbia and beyond.
Price is currently embarking on an ambitious endeavor to provide a transitional home for local women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. The Germantown resident is fine-tuning details to bring her latest vision to fruition: establishing “The Aspiration House in Prince George’s County.” As Price continues to build great partnerships in the county, she is moving closer to her big goals.
“The goal is to build a transition home in Prince George’s County to help survivors of domestic violence, and the ultimate goal is to have our facility grow to a 25-bed facility,” Price said. “The Lord just placed it into my heart to make sure this facility is in Prince George’s, because it’s needed there.”
County resident Nina Patterson is founder and CEO of Sources of Power. She is a domestic violence advocate and nonprofit leader who said she will join forces with Price to support the needs of women and children who come to The Aspiration House. A big part of that support comes in the form of listening to survivors when they reach out. Price said she does not want them to feel ashamed.
“There are families who are not taken care of. Who is going to take care of the community? We need to make sure we help each other, and it’s important that our children are safe,” Price said. “It’s important that people know they have somewhere to go, and we just want to make sure the community knows we are a resource for them. Not only the domestic violence piece, but on the other things.”
Price said the house will offer whatever is needed to help send women and children back into the community better off than they arrived. Providing resources and putting them in touch with people who can help them, until they are stable, are parts of the nonprofit founder’s strategic plan. Working with state, county and other referral-based organizations will link women and children in need of a safe haven with The Aspiration House.
“As these families are going through (situations), everyone had a vision of what they wanted to be before the situation arose, and we want to remind the moms that we want to help you get back to what you used to aspire to be,” Price said. “The goal, as each family comes into our home, is to get these families counseling, not only for the mom, but we also want to make sure the children have the counseling too. We have to break the cycle and give them the tools they need to get ready to step out on their own.”
Price wants these families to have tools to be financially wise, making sure their resumes are up to date and that individuals have work attire. An announcement regarding construction of the house will be made at the last benefit concert event in the Aspiring 2B A Better Me Benefit Concert Series. The October event will feature Grammy-nominated singer Miki Howard.
However, the L.M. Foundation’s next event will welcome world famous drummer Shelia E. on Sept. 16, at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Funds raised from all Aspiring 2B A Better Me Benefit Concert events benefit the Aspiration House.
Jeffery Wallace, a band member of Ayre Rayde, said the go-go band will play a variety of music at the next benefit concert. Wallace said supporting the event and understanding the mission of The L.M. Foundation is important.
“Being in that community (Prince George’s County), or living in that community, a lot of our family members are in that community. So it is important because as we’ve become of age, and see a lot of the different resources that were not available when we were there, they are now available,” Wallace said. “It’s important for us to be involved to spread the word, to keep the community together, building it, instead of tearing it apart.”
To learn more about Price’s organization, visit www.thelmfoundation.org for upcoming benefit events or ticket purchases.