Lorraine Reed Whoberry, a wife, mom, grandmother, and newly published author is the founder and executive director of the S.T.A.C.I.E Foundation, and co-founder of the Sharing H.O.P.E. Center http://www.sharinghopecenter.org.
The S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation was inspired by Lorraine in 2001, who survived a brutal attack on her daughters in 1999, which took the life of Stacie (for whom the foundation is named) and her younger daughter Kristie, who survived the attack.
Lorraine finds hope and healing by reaching out to other who’ve been a victim and traumatized, to show you can find healing when your ready to open your heart to all God has for you. She chose to overcome the aftermath of the offender’s decimation by focusing on the positive attributes and making positive differences in her community and across the Nation. As an impact speaker, she discusses topics that include accountability, consequences, hope and forgiveness from a victim’s perspective. She teaches on forgiveness at a level that few of us can even comprehend.
Lorraine’s book: Heal My Wounds, Leave My Scars was published May 2018 and tells in detail the journey that Lorraine and Kristie walked to finding hope and healing. Her story is riveting, honest, sometimes raw and completely transparent as the obstacles and barriers they overcame to survive such a heinous crime on their family. It took Lorraine seventeen years to write her book. Their journey is far from over and Lorraine will speak wherever she’s invited. Churches, conferences, and other venues and events to share her testimony. To order your copy click here: https://staciefoundation.org/product/heal-my-wounds-leave-my-scars/
Heal My Wounds;Leave My Scars is recently nominated for the prestigious “Henri Award” at The 2018 Christian Literary Awards in the Grief and Terminal Illness category by Joy & Company. The Christian Literary Awards is a premier event honoring authors in the categories of: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Testimonial, Children’s Books, Illustrator, Youth/Young Adult, Christian Living, Inspirational, Motivational, Poetry, Grief and Terminal Illness, Sports & Fitness, Bible Study and Devotional. A confidential group of judges consisting of professionals and avid readers will determine award winners.
In 2010, shortly after Paul Powell was executed by the State of Virginia, Lorraine knew the Lord was calling her to share her testimony of forgiveness in the Ohio Prisons to offenders incarcerated. At first, she was non-compliant and repeatedly told the Lord no! She refused to be obedient. The Lord knew the blessings this would bring to Lorraine and Kristie as well as the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation, but more so to those incarcerated. After months of being obstinate, she finally relented when the Lord reminded her of a promise she made to him. “I will go wherever you send me, as long as I know You are always there.” She complied and is now invited to speak in prisons across the Nation, sharing her testimony and talking about her book. She couldn’t imagine her life any other way. Her hope is to have Heal My Wounds, Leave My Scars in every prison library across the United States. Thanks to a very special Lady’s Group from Hartwell, GA, every Georgia prison library will have Lorraine’s book.
Lorraine is currently working on a re-entry curriculum called “Who I Am”. This is a 12 week facilitated Christian based curriculum geared to helping those incarcerated see that God hasn’t forgotten them and He has a plan for their lives. The twelve week journey focuses on healing and discovering how God sees them as and discovering or rediscovering their spiritual gifts.
Lorraine serves on the Ohio Interstate Compact Juveniles State Council https://www.juvenilecompact.org/midwest/ohio since 2013. Lorraine received training as a National Community Crisis Response Team Member through the Ohio Victim Witness Association in partnership with the Attorney General’s Office and serves as a volunteer on the Ohio Crisis Response Team. Lorraine became a volunteer Victim Awareness Facilitator with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections in 2011. Lorraine serves as a volunteer Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator with the Ohio Office of Victim Services since 2012. Lorraine is a member of the Tri-State Trauma Network organization.
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:25