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 …

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 …

When Hope Waits

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By Chrissy Woodward While I’m thinking about how to start this blog, I’m contemplating how honest I want to be with you. I could write a really uplifting story on how beautiful my relationship with Jesus is, how everything in my life is falling into place, or how awesome it is to be 25 and living in Los Angeles. However, all …

I am getting married in TWO weeks!!!!

Harmony (Dust) Grillo Blog, Help for Spouses, Home Page, Spouses Related Articles, Straight from Harmony's Heart 9 Comments

I am getting married in TWO weeks to the love of my life! We are so in love it is almost nauseating. Almost. Still, I remember what it took to get here.   I remember the pain… Of being a wife abandoned. Of the daggers of rejection and fear for my future. My dream of having a family was shattered.   I would …

The Treasures Team rises up in the midst of tragedy…

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As many of you may know, on May 19th, my beautiful sister, April was killed in a senseless act of Domestic Violence.  I cannot even begin to express to you the deep level of grief I have felt over this loss and the pain of all of the trauma surrounding it.  My bones literally ached for days. We are all …

I never want to go through this again…

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I have seen some hard years in my lifetime, but 2009 and 2010 were among the most painful and challenging years I have lived. I took the photo above on a particularly hard day.  When I saw my face after a really good crying session, I decided it was photo worthy. I keep it as a reminder of this very difficult …

Hope Has Wings and Other Thoughts on Grief

Harmony (Dust) Grillo Spouses Related Articles, Straight from Harmony's Heart

“I am still confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” Psalms 27:13 I sat under the shade of the tree in my backyard on a beautiful spring day.  The sun and cloudless sky did not share my gloom.  A squirrel scurried gleefully along my fence on a mission to steal …

Surrendering the Canvas: Understanding Sex Addiction

Harmony (Dust) Grillo Blog, Help for Spouses, Sex & Porn Addiction, Spouses Related Articles, Straight from Harmony's Heart 5 Comments

40 million adults in the U.S. regularly visit pornographic websites and 1/3 of these visitors are women. The question is “Why, and what does it have to do with us?” What I am learning about sex addiction in its various forms is that it is about avoiding relational pain. Real relationships and intimacy force us to engage with people on …