Light, Fire & Love Ministries Advocacy Services

The role of an advocate depends on your situation and the support you want. But we are here to support your choices.

As your advocate we can:

  • listen to your views and concerns

  • help you explore your options and rights (without pressuring you)

  • provide information to help you make informed decisions

  • help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf

  • accompany you and support you in meetings or appointments in person or via Zoom or other video conferencing.

 

As your advocate we will not:

  • give you our personal opinion

  • solve problems and make decisions for you

  • make judgements about you.

 

The support of an advocate is often particularly useful in meetings when you might not feel confident in expressing yourself. We can:

  • support you to ask all the questions you want to ask

  • make sure all the points you want covered are included in the meeting

  • explain your options to you without giving our opinion

  • help keep you safe during the meeting – for example, if you find the meeting upsetting, your assigned advocate can ask for a break until you feel able to continue.

What can we assist you with?

Here at Light, Fire and Love Ministries Incorporated, we know the seriousness of the times that we are all facing.  People everywhere are dealing with more stress and pressure than ever before and often times when we get off balance.  We may not be able to think clearly, we may lose focus or even feel powerless in certain situations--especially when we are facing issues where our livelihood is at stake. 

What we offer is support in the form of a voice when you feel that your own voice is not being heard.  You may need spiritual, emotional or even practical support, like a letter or phone call of reference or referrals for services from other agencies.  Whether you are facing the threat of eviction, being fired unlawfully from a job, dealing with difficult landlords, having your insurance benefits cut. or even if you need help negotiating your way out of hardship, the priestesses of KOAWASH are ready and able to assist you.

Quite simply, we advocate for your basic and life needs when you are going up challenging circumstances. 

Please fill out the form on the application for services page if you would like assistance from one of our volunteer advocates.

For The Elderly

           We advocate for your elderly loved one.

 

At Light, Fire and Love Ministries, our level of commitment in our advocacy department is where we shine.  We shed light on abuse, neglect or biased treatment so that what's done in the dark actually does come to the light.  We have a passion for this work that burns like Fire and we absolutely Love what we do!  This makes us dangerous to anyone abusing your elderly family member, whether they be in a hospital setting, nursing home or at home with companion care and visiting nurses.  Because we've all been there, or at least heard horror stories about how the facilities have terrible staff (or are grossly understaffed), unclean living conditions and a lack of overall organization. 

With our team of professional women advocating for you and your family, you will get results.  We aim to hold caregivers and other agencies "dedicated" to enhancing the final years of our elders accountable for what they say, and for what they are being paid to do.

 

If we have to get private investigators involved, or contact local news outlets, we won't stop there.  We will go the extra mile to bring the vile crime of elderly abuse and neglect to light in this country.  Reach out to us if any of the following applies to you:

 

 

You may see signs of abuse or neglect when you visit an older adult at home or in an eldercare facility. You may notice the person:

  • Stops taking part in activities he or she enjoys

  • Looks messy, with unwashed hair or dirty clothes

  • Has trouble sleeping

  • Loses weight for no reason

  • Becomes withdrawn or acts agitated or violent

  • Displays signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth

  • Has unexplained bruises, burns, cuts, or scars

  • Has broken eyeglasses/frames, or physical signs of punishment or being restrained

  • Develops bed sores or other preventable conditions

  • Lacks medical aids (glasses, walker, dentures, hearing aid, medications)

  • Has an eviction notice for unpaid rent, notice of late mortgage, or home eviction

  • Has hazardous, unsafe, or unclean living conditions

  • Displays signs of insufficient care or unpaid bills despite adequate financial resources

 

If you see signs of abuse, try talking with the older adult to find out what's going on. For instance, the abuse may be from another resident if they live in a facility and not from someone who works at the nursing home or assisted living facility. Most importantly, get help or report what you see to adult protective services. You do not need to prove that abuse is occurring. Professionals will investigate.

If you think someone that you love is being abused, we can assist you by advocating on your family's behalf.  We will reach out to the proper authorities to report the abuse and find the best solution.  We are outcome driven, so if this means getting your loved one moved, or having an abusive employee removed, then we will do what it takes.  We will not stop until you are satisfied and your loved one is safe.

Contact us today by completing the application.

For Incarcerated Women

For any woman being released from prison, we offer emotional and spiritual support as she reintegrates back into society. 

 

We are available to conduct mock job interviews via Zoom video chat, for those needing to brush up on their interviewing skills.

 

We also offer free online Meditation & Breath Work classes once a month via Zoom for three months after an inmate has been released.  KOAWASH will offer these free online wellness classes and provide an online sharing place so that these women have clarity and balance when going about their daily lives.  Having focus, and clarity will help with job retention and remaining committed to living life being healthy and happy.  Living a happy and fulfilled life lessens the occurrences that would lead to becoming a repeat offender.

We will also advocate for women who have children on the outside whom they would like to reestablish their connection with.  We will contact social services agencies and advocate for mother and children to be reunited, as long as there is no threat to the child's safety or well being.  After meeting with our Minister and our team Psychiatrist, LF&L Ministries can also provide character reference letters for recently released female inmates to supply documentation for a court case or for obtaining employment or housing.