It’s a Joy to Love You

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We had no idea what was in store for us on this warm August night. We fueled up with as much caffeine as we could consume and we headed out on one of our longest routes.  Hollywood here we come!! As the night began, many of the team members in the bus were mentioning how “tonight feels different” or they …

The Magic Sauce

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Have you ever attempted to do something but no matter how many times you stepped up to the plate you struck out? It can be easy to give up when you’ve made so many attempts to succeed and each attempt fails. What is the magic sauce? How is it that some people succeed and others feel like they are spinning …

The Struggle Is Real!

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Have you ever fallen into deep despair? Did you wish that someone would call or text you and let you know that they care? This is where I found myself the day of Outreach. I was so done with life…It took me back to before I left the sex industry, when I felt all alone. As we prepared to leave …

Tonight is the Night

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Tonight is the night… we can feel it. I wonder if the women we were about to encounter can feel it too. Can they sense something different in the atmosphere, as they get ready for work? We didn’t know what was going to happen, but we knew it was going to be amazing! There was an overwhelming sense of joy …

Extravagant Love

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With Holiday Cheer in the air and pep in our step, we were excited to hand gifts to the women on the eve of the 13 year anniversary of Treasures Outreach. We piled into our shuttle a bit more snug than usual as we had over 70 beautifully wrapped and exquisitely bowed gift baskets along in tow. An extremely generous …

How I Found Myself Back in the Strip Club

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I thought I would never see the inside of another club…ever. It was just shy of my two-year anniversary of quitting and here I was again.  I sat back and imagined what it was going to be like. Would it shock me? I mean, I was a dancer for almost 13 years.  I felt like I’ve seen it all before, …

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 …

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 …