Our Story

Ben and Brenda Camp

Ben and I opened The Journey on February 1, 1997. At the time I was attending Southeastern Louisiana University, getting my degree in Social Work. Ben was a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor working at a male-specific facility in Gonzales, Louisiana.

We were attending the Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers Conference in Shreveport, Louisiana. During a break, a woman and I started talking.

She read my name tag, it read Brenda Camp, Gonzales, Louisiana. She asked if I lived in Gonzales I told her no my husband worked in Gonzales, she said: “you must be Ben’s wife, Becky has told me all about you”. Becky was Ben’s secretary.

I had written a program for women and their children and I had been going all over the state trying to find grant money. At that time there was very little money for treatment for women much less for them and their children. Ben was always proud of everything I did and he told Becky about my program and she told her friend Joann.

Joann asked me if I had ever thought about opening a facility for women. I thought a minute and said “maybe”. We set up an appointment for the coming Monday.

Joann had owned a halfway house for women, it closed and she was living in the house with her husband. They wanted to move to a smaller house.

By the time our meeting was over we had worked out all the details. I knew this was something I had to do. It was one of those God moments when you knew you were supposed to do this. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to tell Ben. I went straight to work. I will never forget the conversation we had. It changed the direction of our lives and added so many more gifts and blessings than we ever could have imagined.

I told Ben “Honey I want to open a treatment facility for women” he looked at me and said, “have you lost your mind, we are starving students and we have no money to open a treatment facility for women”. I told him “but you don’t understand, this is a God thing and I have to do this” his reply was “who am I to argue with God I guess we are opening a treatment facility for women”

Thirty days after opening we were full, we had 16 clients and we have never looked back except to marvel at the good The Journey Homes does.

I cannot put into words how this one decision changed my life and the hundreds of women that have gone through the program. I am humbled and grateful that I GET to watch these worthwhile women recover, change their lives, and find their journey home.

IN LOVING MEMORY Ben Camp November 26, 1956 -January 20, 2012.

Our Story

Ben and Brenda Camp

Ben and I opened The Journey on February 1, 1997. At the time I was attending Southeastern Louisiana University, getting my degree in Social Work. Ben was a LAC, working at a male-specific facility in Gonzales, Louisiana.

We were attending a LASACT Conference in Shreveport, Louisiana. During a break, a woman and I started talking. She

She read my name tag, it read Brenda Camp Gonzales Louisiana. She asked if I lived in Gonzales I told her no my husband worked in Gonzales, she said “you must be Ben’s wife, Becky has told me all about you”. Becky was Ben’s secretary.

I had written a program for women and their children, I went all over the state trying to find grant money. At that time there was very little money for treatment for women much less for them and their children. Ben was always proud of everything I did and he told Becky about my program and she told her friend Joann.

Joann asked me if I had ever thought about opening a facility for women. I thought a minute and said “maybe”. We set up an appointment for the coming Monday.

Joann had owned a halfway house for women, it closed and she was living in the house with her husband. They wanted to move to a smaller house.

By the time our meeting was over we had worked out all the details. I knew this was something I had to do. It was one of those God moments when you knew you were supposed to do this. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to tell Ben. I went straight to work. I will never forget the conversation we had. It changed the direction of our lives and added so many more gifts and blessings than we ever could have imagined.

I told Ben “Honey I want to open a treatment facility for women” he looked at me and said, “have you lost your mind, we are starving students and we have no money to open a treatment facility for women”. I told him “but you don’t understand, this is a God thing and I have to do this” his reply was “who am I to argue with God I guess we are opening a treatment facility for women”

Thirty days after opening we were full, we had 16 clients.

I cannot put into words how this one decision changed my life and me forever. I am humbled and grateful that I GET to watch these worthwhile women recover, change their lives, and find their journey home.

IN LOVING MEMORY Ben Camp November 26, 1956 -January 20, 2012.