Welcome to Hollywood Land

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Hollywood, such an alluring city– where bright-eyed hopefuls come to pursue their dreams. Hollywood… the glitz, the glam, bright lights, shining stars. People revered for showcasing their hurts. Rejection on top of rejection, on top of rejection. Hollywood… where comparison rears it ugly head on a daily basis. Survival of the fittest. Hollywood… boulevard of broken dreams. Tear-stained cheeks, stoic …

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 …

Significant

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The manager was on the fence as she opened the gift. After thinking about it, she decided that she would not allow the gifts into the club. As she handed back the gift she had opened, the volunteer said “That one is for you”. On Treasures’ outreaches, there is often a trend that unfolds throughout the night. This outreach, I noticed …

Will You Open the Door?

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Recently, we received notice from our building manager that we needed to move out of our current space. This decision was made by the manager to accommodate a tenant who will pay the current market rate. The abrupt news put Treasures in a predicament, but we decided to use this as an opportunity to move Treasures to a place where …

Despair, Faith; Discouragement, Hope

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I wanted to savor every moment of my last outreach with Treasures, but I showed up distracted by a heavy heart.  It wasn’t a sorrow for parting from Treasures, for although I certainly shed tears, this change of season in my life is joyful and Treasures will always be a part of my story.  Rather it was a sorrow for …

Who Cares?

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Dressed in a black, sleek suit, Cody* lit up when he saw us enter.  An open smile spread across his face, setting him apart from the other men who congregated at the entrance of this City of Industry club. “You’re back!” he said.  No introduction was needed.  Cody had been managing the club for several years and always welcomed us …

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 …

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 …