D.E. "Sonshine" Troche
Sonshine wasted many years in addiction, trying to fill the brokenness inside. She began mentoring hurting women in 1998. She joined the Christian Motorcyclists Association and their Prison Team in 2005. She joined the La Porte County Drug Free Partnership (LCC) in 2007, serving on the Board as their 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 Treatment Committee Chair. She earned her A.A.S. in Business Administration from Ivy Tech Community College in 2008, her last semester as President of Kappa Beta Delta. Sonshine earned certification of and began facilitating MRT® a Cognitive Behavior Program, to the Ladies at the La Porte County Jail in February 2008. She is one of a few Advanced Certified MRT Facilitators in Indiana. She began teaching weekly bible studies to “her girls” in April 2008. She is the founder of Worthy Recovery Inc. dba Worthy Women Recovery Home. Read more in her Founder's Blog.
“I grew up in a German orphanage for the first 8 years of my life and then my mother married my new Step Father who had just returned from 2 Tours in the Vietnam War! IT was 1973 and we were coming to live in America! I was sure that life would be great, however, my hope was twisted with anger, alcoholism and physical abuse. I was a foreigner, a social outcast; no one called it bullying. Seeing it, I began drinking at 11 years old and then started smoking pot. I wasted many teen years addicted, angry, lonely, depressed and suicidal. I began working construction in 1983. By 1995, hard living caught up to me. I suddenly faced attempted murder charges. My dreams came to a dead halt and I didn’t care. But I had a landlady who did! She loved me as God loved her, and saved me from a possible 3-5 years Prison sentence. In October 2005, I joined the Christian Motorcyclists Association Prison Team Ministry and saw the reality of prison life. I became certified in Moral Reconation Therapy MRT® a cognitive behavior program for offenders and joined the La Porte County Drug Free Partnership in July 2007. I began facilitating MRT in the La Porte County Jail in February of 2008. Overwhelmed with women being rearrested and returning to jail, I started WWRH in September 2008." Sonshine
Angie Lamken was born and raised in La Porte, IN. She married her high school sweetheart, Don Lamken a La Porte native as well, and a proud veteran, serving in the Gulf War with the 101st Airborne Division. Angie and Don attend Liberty Bible Church, La Porte Campus. Angie graduated from La Porte High School in 1989, and a few years later attended Purdue North Central, earning her Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1996, while raising her only son Jimmy. Angie and Don started Wire-Tech, LLC, a one stop shop for all your low voltage needs specializing in camera systems & phone systems. Don runs the company and Jimmy, their son works as a technician, making WIRE-TECH a true family owned business. Angie also works a full time position at Linde, a worldwide company, at their plant in the La Porte/Springville area as a RSBPEA (Regional Supply Business Excellence Administrator/Analyst). Linde-Springville is an ASU (Air Separation Unit) transporting nitrogen, oxygen & argon all over the Midwest region. Angie has been a part of the Worthy Team since early 2009, when she began volunteering faithfully with our organization, supporting fundraisers financially and with her excellent organizing skills. Angie has attended many of the WWRH work days on our building as well often bringing additional volunteers with her. Angie enjoys volunteering with the church with teen movie night, child care , and helping with dinners at the Salvation Army. She is also a dedicated part of Mandi Cornett of the Cleanse Fill Pour Ministry, where Angie helps with the Thursday night community bible study, the CFP Ministry quarterly biblical leadership workshops, and the CFP Ministry Annual Retreat held every first weekend in August.