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 …

Not Just Girls, Girls, Girls

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“Are you, Lance*?” The sturdy security guard looked almost puzzled, and a softness in his eyes betrayed his formidable stance. “How do you remember my name?” He asked after a pause. “I can’t believe you remember me. I don’t remember anyone’s name.” “We want to remember you,” the Treasures volunteer said. Respected and remembered, Lance engaged us warmly and gladly …

The Long Embrace

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The woman was moved. After opening her gift, a swell of emotions caused her to hesitate in her response. “I feel like I want to hug you,” she said to a Treasures volunteer. The volunteer flung her arms open, inviting this woman in. The woman savored the long embrace, clinging tightly as if to speak a depth of gratitude that …

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 …

Bombs ‘N Roses: A Weekend in Vegas

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“Is there a bomb in those bags?” Her eyes glinted with intrigue as we handed her a gift. We watched as she opened the dainty, pink bag, clearly not believing her own words. She unwrapped a lip gloss and a pair of earrings, and looked up in disbelief that it was actually a gift—a fun present for her, without any …

“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 …

I almost didn’t show up for this….

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I almost didn’t show up for this…. She extended her delicate arm, decorated with richly colored tattoos, and took the little pink gift bag. “What’s this for?” she asked leaning away from her customer. “Just a little Valentine, to let you know you are loved” we replied briefly, remaining considerate of the fact that she was with a client.  She …

Battle Between Church and Strip Club: Love Wins

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In the Battle Between Church & Strip Club: Love Wins!   After hearing breaking news about women from an Ohio strip club showing up to protest at a local church that had been picketing their club for years, our friends from JC’s Girls in San Diego decided to show up.  And I mean literally.  They got on a plane and …