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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Strip Club OutREACH, BFA Services, ArtREACH & More!

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH REPORT: On Saturday, August 13th, the Beauty From Ashes (BFA) outREACH team served up a home made Italian meal to the employees of a Fort Myers, FL strip club.  The team also distributed outREACH gifts that included make up and information on human trafficking, as well as the services BFA provides to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The team loved the employees, demonstrating love through action and had the opportunity to not only pray, but to provide a licensed counselor to them. We are pleased to report that the employees took immediately to our new Executive Director, Mary Lewis LCSW, who was part of the team, and a number of them followed up by receiving services outside of the club in the past two weeks. 

BEAUTY FROM ASHES SERVICES:  BFA educates the community, advocates for and reaches, rescues, and restores both victims of sexual exploitation and sex workers.  Since 2005, we've served over 800 clients and currently provide the following services: transitional assistance, life skills, financial assistance and management, as well as crisis, individual, group, mental health, spiritual and career counseling. We also provide bible study, hospital visitation, and prayer.  Additionally, we facilitate referrals for victim services, physical health, education, church support, short term and long term housing, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and legal assistance.  If you have previously worked in or currently are in the sex industry and desire a lifestyle change, please contact us on our toll free Help Line, 877 4BFA SOS (877-423-2767).  If you're a case worker and/or agency with a client in need of our services, contact Mary Lewis at (239) 939-9218 or

ARTREACH: On Monday, August 29th, BFA founder and human trafficking overcomer, Julie Shematz, will be speaking to a group of youth and teens on Sanibel Island at Big Arts.  Event is sponsored by Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships. For more information on ArtREACH, please visit

OUTREACH GIFT & CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAYS:  On the 1st and 2nd Fridays of the month from 9am-noon we meet in Room 500-5 of Barry University, the corporate headquarters of BFA, to inventory beauty supplies and assemble outREACH and care packages.  Last month we distributed over 25 outREACH gifts in a strip club, delivered 4 large boxes to a local women's residential program and shipped two huge care package boxes to women residing in a safehome out of state.  We are also seeking gift items such as handmade crafts and items, Bibles, journals, inspirational books, etc. See our Amazon Wish List  for book details.

FRIDAY PRAYER:  Join BFA from 8-9am EST each week, locally and globally, for prayer to abolish slavery and for the organizations reaching, rescuing, restoring and advocating for the victims.  Locally, we meet in Fort Myers, FL at Barry University, Room 500-5.  We welcome you to join us.  For more information and prayer guide, CLICK HERE.

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


SCHEDULE BFA FOR AN EVENT:  BFA is Florida's first and only survivor led human trafficking victim service agency.  We provide in-services and trainings on human trafficking for social service agencies, universities, churches, ministries, groups, businesses, and clubs.  To schedule a speaker or a BFA informational meeting, CLICK HERE or call (239) 939-9218.

DONATIONS:  We rely on private donations for program and operational costs.  Please consider giving a tax deductible gift today.  For $25 we'll send you our Child of God CD as our way to say thank you for partnering with us.  For secure online giving CLICK HERE or send your financial gift to 13300 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 56, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."  Hebrew 11:1

Thank you for your continued support of the ministry and vision of Beauty From Ashes™.

In Christ's love and service,

Julie Shematz & the BFA FREEdom™ Team
Chief Executive Officer & President

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries 
Where Victims Become Over-Comers