“You Have Saved a Life”

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Day in and day out, women reach out to Treasures to share their deep cry for help and their depth of need of support. One rewarding facet to answering a phone call at Treasures is hearing a sigh of relief from a caller when she realizes that help and support is available for her. We want you to see firsthand the impact …

This is What Happened to the 1st Woman Who Contacted Treasures!

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  Rejected. Dysfunctional. Empty.   These were the very real words that Amber* used to describe her life and the way she felt in 2003.   “No matter how much money I made, I still felt empty and unsatisfied. I thought that the ‘glamorous’ lifestyle would make me feel better about myself, but stripping only made me feel even more worthless.” …

She’ll Never Walk Away: A Commentary on The Weekend’s Song, “In the Night”

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    “You’ll be back. Nobody ever leaves.”   This is what they told me the night I quit working at the strip club.   My experience told me they were right. The only woman I ever saw leave the club married a rich costumer that had become a regular of hers. Not exactly a fairytale ending. More like a …

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 …

I AM NOT MY STORY

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I AM NOT MY STORY by Jessika Fuhrmaneck   “Your story matters.” At Treasures, we say this often and it is true. Our stories are what inspire others and bring them hope to keep moving on when they don’t have an ounce of strength left. More than once I have been able to put one foot in front of the other …

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 …

“It’s a New Night”: An Outreach Recap

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“It’s a New Night”: An Outreach Recap By Jessika   As a former adult entertainer, these outreaches always have a profound affect on me. This month’s outreach was no exception.   I have been out of the industry for the past 8 years. This was my 10th outreach. At first returning to the clubs where I worked and spent my …

What’s Next? : Strip Club Outreach Update

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What’s Next? by Lindsay Hall “So what happens now?” The beautiful, young woman was eager, even desperate, for direction.  The gift she had just received from Treasures was clearly a welcomed sign of something she had been waiting for.  The Treasures volunteer told her about the website which offered a host of resources that were available to this woman.  She …