The Lamp's vision has grown tremendously over the past 17 years! Starting out as a space for individuals to connect and enjoy self-expression through the arts [visual, poetry, spoken word, and music], The Lamp has since extended its purpose and mission to build the community through food security with efforts towards ending hunger & decreasing food waste while increasing physical/mental/emotional/spiritual health & wholeness. 

The logo of The Lamp embodies a clay oil lamp, as a reflection of the divine vision received.

The Lamp serves nations; The Lamp is a place of refuge to dispel darkness;

The Lamp is a light unto your path. 

 The Lamp received 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization in June, 2017.  Our goal is to secure funding for a building to bring the complete vision to reality - a Community Café & Life Center.  A location that builds the community through various facets including a full eat-in café along with an arts & wellness resource center.


Great food brings people together.  Our pay-what-you-can café will provide the opportunity to decrease hunger in the community with a delicious, diverse, and sustainable menu and increase unity as we celebrate each other in our differences - regardless of means.  With support of our partners local and abroad, The Lamp will provide the go-to community café with an exciting daily menu for all to enjoy including - 

freshly roasted coffee, locally prepared organic loose leaf teas and herbal blends, signature desserts & baked goods, home style favorites, as well as vegan options and gluten free alternatives.  

What we look forward to most in The Lamp's café, is our community table - The Gathering Place.  In 2012, Jessica envisioned creating a space for the community to gather together for an "all are welcome" family style meal, acknowledging specifically that (different from a soup kitchen) this space provides one HUGE table to commune together despite social, economical, and other societal boundaries.  Although there will be seating arranged for private settings, The Gathering Place is incorporated to encourage an atmosphere where there are no strangers, only friends you have not met. 

 The Lamp is more than a café!  

The Lamp has partnered with Life Choice Counseling Center, LLC. as a space for LCCC to provide professional counseling services and life coaching into our daily program.  In doing so, we not only meet a need in our community but also by filling a gap in the state of Virginia.  By partnering with LCCC, we are expanding our community to be a part of individual change which drastically affects generational transformation. 

What's to come at The Lamp Life Center: 

Professional Counseling 

Expressive Art Therapies (writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, music) 

Play Therapy

Life Coaching

Massage Therapy 

Health & Wellness 

Art Programs & Exhibits 

The Lamp Ministries 

Our Purpose: To provide unity and holistic approach to overall wellness mind, body, and spirit while impacting the local/global community with food security, mental health awareness, cultural & expressive arts, and diverse therapies.

Each facet of The Lamp is unique with various approaches to reach similar goals in fulfilling our mission! 

"To be a light unto the path of every individual while building the community through holistic wellness,

one step at a time" 

Be A Lamp! 

The Lamp is proud to serve alongside the growing number of pay-what-you-can cafés within the global One World Everybody Eats network.  

Patrons of the pay-what-you-can café:


     * Pay what you are able to afford. 

     * Pay the suggested donation. 

     * Pay suggested donation, plus an extra donation.

     * Pay specifically for someone else's full meal.

     * Pay by volunteering with us.  

View video of our mentor Denise Cerreta and 2017 James Beard Humanitarian Award Recipient, discussing the OWEE organization. 

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Woodbridge, VA 22193


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The Lamp is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

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