Strip Clubs and Motor Homes

Harmony (Dust) Grillo Blog, Featured, Outreach, Straight from Harmony's Heart 1 Comment

One evening in 2003, I found myself sitting in my car across the street from the strip club where I used to work. I felt like I was sitting outside of a prison that had once held me captive. I remembered what it felt like to be a 19-year-old girl in financial despair, who, after experiencing a lifetime of chaos …

365 Days

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As I reminisce about the past 365 days I feel an urgency to write you and share with you what is on my heart. I am someone who is deeply committed to growth, both personally and as the Executive Director of Treasures. The truth is: we live in a microwave culture. We like to see instant results… NOW. But the …

From Sweetheart To Monica

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The year is coming to an end and we urgently need your support to help women like Monica* find freedom. Her name was Sweetheart*. Well, that’s the name she gave to customers. I walked toward her, moving past customers in the congested Los Angeles strip club. When I stretched out my arm and handed her the pink gift, she looked …

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 …

You Are Worth It!

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We entered the last strip club of the night to find it packed and buzzing with action. The smell of alcohol and musty, old carpet filled our noses. Although each outreach we go on is unique, a night like this in the club felt very familiar to me. It reminded me of my days working in clubs just like this. …

The Only Time I Heard, “I Love You”

Monique Calderon Blog, Outreach 1 Comment

“What is your favorite type of group to lead?” A trainee asked as we piled into the shuttle for outreach. I thought for a moment and stated that I love the excitement mixed with nervousness that comes with a volunteer on their first night of Outreach. Little did I know that my entire group had never been in a club …

Have You Ever Felt Trapped?

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Have you ever felt trapped? Have you ever felt like no matter what you did, no matter how many hours you worked or how well you planned, you just could not make ends meet? Then, on top of all that, life happens. Before you know it, life decides to hit you from every angle and you’re just trapped. I’ve been …

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, …