17 Years of Dedicated Service: 1999-2016
The Light of Truth Center (LTC) has created an innovative, all-inclusive therapeutic recovery system. Our Continuum of Services model includes Level I Housing with support services, (self referrals, women leaving treatment and institutions.) Level II housing provides Permanent Supportive Housing for women who have completed treatment, aftercare and are currently self supportive. Further, we have developed a Training and Restoration Center for training and entrepreneurial development of LTC women. There are two programs associated with our housing and training components; treatment and our women’s wholeness program. The treatment component provides clinical services including groups, relapse prevention, conflict resolution, and individual counseling. The Women’s Wholeness program provides a holistic approach to healing the whole woman including finances, dress-for-success, hair care, hygiene, cooking, personal growth and recreation.
When it’s time to serve – you’ll know it. While driving home from work in the early 1990’s during the cold winter season, Vaile Leonard was touched by the homeless individuals she passed. Something in her was moved to action. Upon arriving home she spoke with her partner and decided that she was going to do something to help. The idea to purchase blankets, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks and hand out to those less fortunate was something that she could do. This was the beginning of the urge to serve.
An Idea Conceived
Once she was back home she shared her experience with her partner. She was dismayed and saddened to think that women in recovery were living in squalor-like conditions; the same conditions some of them came from when actively using. She felt they deserved better and was deeply moved. She expressed her concerns with her Pastor and two other friends. In the moment an idea was conceived….she was determined that she would provide a safe, clean, supportive environment conductive to recovery for women seeking a new life.
During the “dreaming and visioning” time Vaile, was also “moving into action” by learning how to form a non-profit and doing what was needed legally to become a 501(c)3 charitable organization. She was taught to “act as if” so that when the time is ready, all things would be in place.
A Dream is Born
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ― Albert Einstein
Permanent Supportive Housing Comes Alive in 2011
The Jefferson Jones Center opened in 2011 and provides permanent supportive housing for women in sustained recovery.
The Journey Continues
In 2016, LTC received its license to provide Intensive Out-Patient/Out-Patient services, thereby further increasing its capacity to serve even more women in the Baltimore area.
Statements of Truth
As in all things – nothing stands still – Change Happens, Dreams do come true;
All things are Possible, If you can Conceive It, You can Achieve It;
Just ‘cuz we’re small don’t mean we can’t dream big;