The Long Embrace

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The woman was moved. After opening her gift, a swell of emotions caused her to hesitate in her response. “I feel like I want to hug you,” she said to a Treasures volunteer. The volunteer flung her arms open, inviting this woman in. The woman savored the long embrace, clinging tightly as if to speak a depth of gratitude that …

Ecuador Update: What’s the Point of Life?!

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Some of you may remember hearing about the shocking tragedy of a family member of mine being killed by her husband just over a year ago. She was my daughter’s aunt and a sister to me. The incredible grief of losing her was compounded by the idea that a man that I loved and trusted was capable of such a …

Size Matters

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  We are not too big and we are not too little. This was the theme that came up for our team before we headed to East San Fernando Valley for our monthly strip club outreach. As is often the case on outreach nights, the theme that came up during prayer ended up permeating the rest of the evening. During …

Bombs ‘N Roses: A Weekend in Vegas

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“Is there a bomb in those bags?” Her eyes glinted with intrigue as we handed her a gift. We watched as she opened the dainty, pink bag, clearly not believing her own words. She unwrapped a lip gloss and a pair of earrings, and looked up in disbelief that it was actually a gift—a fun present for her, without any …

Dreams Redeemed

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Life has been pretty exciting around here the last couple months! We hosted our National Outreach Training a few weeks ago. We trained women from all across the country who will be starting up outreaches and support groups for women in the sex industry. It was an incredible weekend and we cannot wait to start seeing women in new cities …

The Power of a Story: An Outreach Update

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The Power of a Story: An Outreach Update By Monique Calderon   What if I told you that every circumstance—every single thing that has ever happened to you—could be used for good? Would you believe me? I know life isn’t all rainbows and laughter; I know it’s a journey paved with anguish, hurt and feelings of abandonment. But nothing is …

Are you judging me for working here?

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Our time in the South Bay last weekend was wonderful!  Many of the Treasures team were old faces who had returned after some time.  It was a reunion of relationships, which strengthened the already unified vision of our team to love the women working in the South Bay clubs through gifts.  Every club received us, and 132 gifts later, 132 …

Called Back for Good

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Called Back for Good by Monique Calderon Isn’t it crazy when that one thing—the one thing you thought would surely be your demise—ends up being the very thing that God uses for good? I’m an Angelino through and through, so I was in great anticipation of being a part of the Downtown LA outreach because this is my city, these …

I finally left…

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This summer, my daughter and I visited my fiancé’s family in New Hampshire. (Yes! I am engaged! And we are over the moon with excitement!) During our visit, we planted pumpkin seeds and little baby pumpkin plants in hopes of seeing a pumpkin patch sprout up in the fall. I have always had a “gray” thumb, so I honestly doubted …

Strip Club Owner Sells Club to Church: “It’s a place where a lot of dreams died and a place where we can see them be reborn”

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Strip Club Owner Sells Club to Church: “It’s a place where a lot of dreams died and a place where we can seem them be reborn” You may remember when we had the great pleasure of going to Colorado to train the wonderful folks with a heart to reach the women working at the Hunt Club, the only strip club in …