Beauty From Ashes Videos


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Support Staff Needed, FGCU Students Create Human Trafficking Video for Beauty From Ashes & More!

BFA IS SEEKING SUPPORT STAFF for a comprehensive, integrated, faith based, rehabilitative, residential program for victims of human sex trafficking and commercia
lized sexual exploitation, READ MORE.  We are also seeking volunteers, for more information, CLICK HERE.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING & BEAUTY FROM ASHES' VIDEO BY FGCU STUDENTS DEBUTED: On Monday, July 18th, a group of six student abolitionists from Florida Gulf Coast University organized an on campus human trafficking and Beauty From Ashes (BFA) awareness event.  The group of young women created an impressive and powerful public service announcement on sex trafficking that can be viewed HERE.  NBC2 was there, interviewed our new Executive Director, Mary Lewis, and featured a story on the evening news.  
A huge thanks to Professor Rhea of the Civic Foundations course for inviting our founder, Julie Shematz, to come share about the topic and an even bigger thanks to Lauren Barbush, Emily Goldman, Ashley Grazziano, Brittany Bowen, Ashley Hoffner, and Kara Feliciano for responding and working collaboratively to raise awareness and operational funds. 

NOTE CARD CAFE is donating 25% of their sales from their Beauty From Ashes card line to Beauty From Ashes™ (BFA) Ministries! Check out their creative 'Beauty Within" note cards and order some today.  For more information and to see cards, CLICK HERE.

FUND RAISING: If you're passionate about doing something about human trafficking happening right here in the United States and want to support Florida's first and only human trafficking survivor led, community service agency, contact us today.  As we are expanding and developing the nation's first of it's kind: from the point of exiting the sex industry to full recovery, a seamless, comprehensive, and integrated program for victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking, our funding needs are rising.  Whether it's a bake sale, car wash, Sunday School class project, percentage of your business sales, or organizing a dinner party, 3-5K run, awareness event, etc., please contact us with your fund raising/awareness ideas today.  Together we can make a difference.  

BFA CURRENT NEEDS:  Want to help?  Get involved and become a slavery abolitionist today!  CLICK HERE for details.  

BFA JULY PRAYER ALERT:  For details on how to pray for BFA clients, events, partnerships, and projects, CLICK HERE.

WEEKLY GLOBAL CORPORATE PRAYER ON FRIDAYS:  Join BFA weekly, locally and globally for prayer to abolish slavery and for the organizations reaching, rescuing, restoring and advocating for the victims.  Fridays 8-9am EST. Locally, we meet at our home headquarters in Fort Myers, FL at Barry University, Room 500-1.  For more information and prayer guide, CLICK HERE

PRAYER REQUESTS:  We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need.  Submit your prayer request via our website CLICK HERE.

BFA PRAYER TEAM:  To sign up, send your name, city, state, and country to

SCHEDULE BFA FOR AN EVENT:  BFA provides education, in services, and trainings on human trafficking for social service agencies, universities, churches, groups, businesses, and clubs.  To schedule a speaker and for more information, CLICK HERE


BFA FACEBOOK FAN PAGE & TWITTER:  Become a fan on the BFA facebook fanpage and follow us on Twitter.  Get informed and raise awareness by reposting and retweeting!

2010 AUDITED FINANCIAL REPORT:  In 2010 92.7% of all giving and income to BFA went to Program Services. To view our 2010 Audited Financial Report, CLICK HERE.  

DONATIONS:  Your partnership is vital for us.  We currently rely on private donations to provide Program Services. Please consider becoming a partner by giving a tax deductible gift today.  For  $25 or more we will send you our  Child of God CD.  For secure online donations, CLICK HERE or mail your check, cash or money order to Beauty From Ashes, 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 56, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

Thank you for your continued support.  Together we are making a difference.  

"My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus." Acts 20:24

In His love and service,

Julie Shematz and the BFA FREEdom™ Team
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers
239.939.9218 | 877.4BFA SOS (877.423.2767) Toll Free Help Line
Physical Address:  12381 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 506-1, at the site of Barry University | Fort Myers | FL | 33907 | USA | Monday-Thursday 10-5
Mailing Address:  13300 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 56-623 | Fort Myers | FL | 33907 | USA 

"Survivors must be leaders in the development of services, shelter, and response protocols to sex trafficking.” - National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking