The Main Event

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“Where have you ladies been? We’ve missed you!” The club owner shouted, as we walked up with our hands full of pink gifts for the women inside. A year ago, we had visited his club and took the time to be present with him as he inquired about the work that Treasures does. Once he understood that we are a …

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 …

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”

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“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 …

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 …

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, …

A Late Night in the City of Industry

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  This month’s outreach to the City of Industry proved to be a success and an encouragement for everyone involved. We were able to reach 280 women working in 9 strip clubs, with gifts and the message that they are loved, valued and purposed! The night was significant in more ways that one. Treasures was privileged to have several new …