Welcome to Hollywood Land

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Hollywood, such an alluring city– where bright-eyed hopefuls come to pursue their dreams. Hollywood… the glitz, the glam, bright lights, shining stars. People revered for showcasing their hurts. Rejection on top of rejection, on top of rejection. Hollywood… where comparison rears it ugly head on a daily basis. Survival of the fittest. Hollywood… boulevard of broken dreams. Tear-stained cheeks, stoic …

IS PORN EMPOWERING TO THE WOMEN INVOLVED?

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There is a prevailing belief in our culture that porn is not only harmless, but empowering to the women involved. The line of thinking goes something like this:   “Women in porn are consenting adults, doing this by choice. They are empowered by virtue of their sexually liberation. And good for them for using what ‘God gave them’ to get …

It’s All About the Cookies

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This past week, a group of volunteers baked delicious, homemade cookies for our monthly outreach. We never could have predicted the impact these sugary treats would have on the evening ahead. Our team of volunteers made our way to 12 clubs in the West Valley.  We were able to have some great conversations with the women we support.  The girls …

It was good. And it was hard. | Philippines Update

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Our trip to the Philippines was good. God had his way, and we believe we made a tangible impact during our time there. And, it was also hard. Holding both of these truths and finding a way to share them with you, has proven challenging for me personally. (And part of the reason it has taken so long to write this.) …

Significant

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The manager was on the fence as she opened the gift. After thinking about it, she decided that she would not allow the gifts into the club. As she handed back the gift she had opened, the volunteer said “That one is for you”. On Treasures’ outreaches, there is often a trend that unfolds throughout the night. This outreach, I noticed …

Will You Open the Door?

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Recently, we received notice from our building manager that we needed to move out of our current space. This decision was made by the manager to accommodate a tenant who will pay the current market rate. The abrupt news put Treasures in a predicament, but we decided to use this as an opportunity to move Treasures to a place where …

Despair, Faith; Discouragement, Hope

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I wanted to savor every moment of my last outreach with Treasures, but I showed up distracted by a heavy heart.  It wasn’t a sorrow for parting from Treasures, for although I certainly shed tears, this change of season in my life is joyful and Treasures will always be a part of my story.  Rather it was a sorrow for …

My Tribute to Prince

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I have been in denial about Prince since I first heard earlier this afternoon. So much to process. His music was a part of two major defining moments in my life; the night I began working in the strip club and the night I left. Purple Rain was the song I auditioned to, and it was the song became the …

Scars and Stilettos: The first pages

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For those of you who haven’t read it, I am sharing the first few pages of my memoir, Scars and Stilettos. It took me 7 years, several writing classes and at least 3 complete re-writes to write this book!  Hearing the stories of women (and youth) who have been inspired to escape unhealthy relationships or walk away from the sex industry/the life …