Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi Lomprey
Heidi is a compassionate and consistent volunteer in one of YWCA La Crosse’s highest need programs, Ophelia’s House. This community-based program is designed to keep female offenders out of jail and enhance their self-sufficiency, educational/working skills as well as their overall quality of life to reduce recidivism. YWCA La Crosse works in partnership with La Crosse County Justice Sanctions to coordinate services through multiple local agencies using collaborative case management to guide the women's rehabilitation. This program also links female offenders with community resources and provides support through case management and mentorship to improve women's access to opportunities in the La Crosse area and improve their chances for long-term success. Our hope is to surround the women in the program with supportive, healthy women in the community who are leading law-abiding lives. This will hopefully bridge the gap between those who abide by the law and those who do not. Heidi bridges this gap beautifully. She knows exactly how to relate to the women in the house and helps them realize their potential through her supportive yet rational approach to problem solving and her calm demeanor.
Heidi serves s a leader and role model for the women at Ophelia's House by sharing her struggles and her commitment as a non-traditional student, former foster parent and mother of children with special needs. She is a role model because she is successful and willing to share her time with women who do not believe success is achievable or that they have too many barriers. She is also the president of Tri-Campus Student Parent Organization and National Society of Leadership and Success. She models this life for the women who are struggling to find their place, set goals and learn how to achieve them and learn to believe that they can achieve them.
Heidi goes above and beyond in her personal commitment to the women at Ophelia’s house. She is always on the lookout for special ways to help them find a community. For example, one of our residents had a special dietary restriction Heidi invited her to come to a special class being held at Viterbo University, where she could learn alternative recipes. When Heidi found out that one of the residents was working hard to reestablish a relationship with her children and realized that their children attend the same school, she offered to drive this resident to parent/teacher conferences. She is also incredibly reliable and doesn’t mind initiating conversations and is committed to making sure the house is friendly and welcoming place for all women and other volunteers.
Heidi received an award for outstanding college volunteer from the Coulee Region Volunteer Coordinators April 17 at their 19th annual recognition breakfast. YWCA La Crosse nominated her for this recognition for her service to Ophelia's House. Also nominated was Jane Foner for her work with CASA for Kids and Restorative Services. We are very proud of all the volunteers serving within our organization.