In 2001, Lorraine Reed Whoberry began the S.T.A.C.I.E Foundation, in honor of her daughters, Stacie who was murdered, and Kristie who was brutally attacked in their home. Through this tragedy, the Lord touched her heart and with His guidance, she became a voice for Him. She teaches on forgiveness at a level that few of us can even comprehend.
Throughout the years, Lorraine and Kristie's story has gained international recognition. Lorraine and Kristie have been featured on national and local television programs such as America’s Most Wanted, The Montel Williams Show, I Survived, Discovery Health, and INFOCUS. Lorraine has been interviewed by several radio talk show hosts, including Frank Pastore of The Frank Pastore Show, Cherie O'Malley and Barbara Follis of Words to Live By through RBC Ministries, WLW 700 AM Radio of Cincinnati by Bill Cunningham and WYLL 1160 AM of Chicago by Dion Welton. Lorraine and Kristie have also been interviewed by several print publications such as CHAT Magazine, Christian Voice Magazine, That's Life and Today's Christian Woman.
Lorraine has been vocal about her daughter's case and continues her victim advocacy, offering "The Impact of Victimization" seminars to victims, law enforcement agencies, victim witness programs, prosecuting and defense attorneys, universities (political science students) churches and prisons. Lorraine and her family were dealt a life sentence and have chosen to live it by striving for positive change.
The S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation has implemented positive changes in Law Enforcement agencies and their entities including death notifications made by Officer and Chaplain in person when possible. Victim(s)/Witnesses notified by Prosecuting Attorney’s office regarding all motions, hearings, trial dates, and/or offender transports. Victim(s)/Witness kept apprised of case and all court appearances by the defendant. Prosecuting Attorney's office prepares the victim(s)/witness of testimony, agenda or changes prior to court proceedings/trials.
Lorraine met with Virginia Governor McDonnell the day following the offender's execution to recommended revision of House Bill 913 the Virginia Code £ 19.2-11.4 "Establishment of victim offender mediation program." Governor McDonnell amended the language to allow face to face mediation with offender and victim(s) in Capitol murder cases when both parties agree.
Lorraine has been the featured Keynote Speaker in several venues across the country with NOVA (National Organization Victims Association) Conferences, IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) Conferences and multiple Christian women's conferences to name a few.
Heal My Wounds Leave My Scars Prison Ministry was founded in 2010. The S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation speaks to victims, ex-offenders and partner agencies with the same goals and desires; to offer positive influence to those incarcerated. Lorraine receives invitations as an Impact Speaker to local, state prisons, as well as Nationwide. Lorraine discusses topics that include accountability, consequences, hope and forgiveness from a victim's perspective. Ex-offenders share their choices and decisions made due to addictions, peer pressure and anger and the crimes committed because of these options. They share about the benefits of the programs offered during their incarceration and the help they received to transition back into society.
The Silenced No More Central Southwest Chapter began in 2011 and offers educational seminars which focus on healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and the tragic consequences of domestic violence to various local, state and national venues, including high schools, churches, and prisons. The chapter displays wooden life size silhouettes of women, painted red with a gold plaque that speaks a personal story of abuse. These women were violently murdered by an intimate partner due to domestic violence. The Silenced No More Chapter offers educational seminars.
The Wings of Hope Crisis and Resource Center plans to open in 2013. The Crisis Center provides critical services to men, women, and children who are victims of all forms of violence, crime and conflict. The goal of the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation is to ensure that victims of all crimes have immediate access and information regarding available rights and services; restorative justice through the Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) Program, Victim Awareness Program to offer support, promote healing while making positive changes in our communities. The resource center will offer programs and counseling services to victims of violent crimes as well as helping them make the necessary contacts, as they journey through the justice system.
Violence is a major public health issue affecting mental, physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual health. The Wings of Hope Crisis and Resource Center believes wholeheartedly that education, awareness, and prevention efforts are key components to reducing the prevalence of violence and its devastating impact on our society.
Education and outreach programs provide vital information, tools, and resources to raise awareness about victimization and the impacts of crime, increased public and personal safety and health, and facilitate violence prevention. Through culturally and socially competent programs that address and serve the diverse needs of our community, Wings of Hope Crisis and Resource Center increases the ability of all individuals, families, and communities to live violence and crime-free lives.
Lorraine states her mission as, "To serve my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To be His hands, and feet. Reaching people for Him through opportunities He brings and live each day for Him."
"We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." 1 John 5:19-20 (NIV)
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here I am. Send me!'" Isaiah 6:8 NIV