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Wednesday, October 5, 2011


11/11/11 iCHALLENGE TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM), FGGU Honors Program, and the FGCU Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement are teaming up to put on a 3 part Fundraising Event to benefit Beauty From Ashes™ (BFA) Ministries.

In Part I, on Wednesday, October 5th, human trafficking awareness videos will be constantly streaming on the main campus of the university library lawn and SAM members will be distributing awareness materials and answering questions 11am-2:30pm. This event will kickoff BFA fund raising campaign, the 11-11-11 iChallenge to Fight Human Trafficking

Part II is a movie night on campus featuring "Very Young Girls", Wednesday October 26th 7pm.  (Free popcorn!) 

Part III is a banquet featuring BFA founder, Julie Shematz, Compassion to One's, Phillip Martin, and other local service agency representatives, on Friday, November 18th in the Student Union, Room 214 at 6pm. (Free food!) 

What is the 11/11/11 iChallenge?
For any person who donates at least $11 their name will be entered into drawing for $111. And for the person who donates at least $11 and collects $11 from 11 of their friends ($121) their name will be entered into a larger prize drawing.  The winners of the prize drawings will be announced at the banquet on November 18th.  To give securely online, CLICK HERE and take the 11/11/11 iChallenge!  For more information, CLICK HERE   

STAFF SEARCH:  The BFA Personnel Search Committee, in collaboration with one of our partners, is accepting applications for a Clinical Program Director, Business Administrator, Director of Resources, Residential Program Director, and Case Worker positions. Please feel free to encourage individuals with the experience and qualifications to apply. The review of applications will begin October 10th and continue until the positions are filled. Computer/Internet competency and knowledge of human trafficking is required. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to  No phone calls please. 

OUTREACH GIFT & CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY 1st & 2nd FRIDAYS Every month, BFA distributes between 50-100 outREACH gift and care packages to victims and survivors of human trafficking locally and nationally.  On the 1st and 2nd Fridays of the month from 9am-noon we meet to inventory beauty supplies and assemble these gifts of love, hope, and truth.  We meet in Room 500-5 of Barry University.  Our next meetings are this Friday, October 7th, & next Friday, the 14th.  Make plans to join us today!  Learning and community service hours available. 

NATIONAL STRIP CLUB OUTREACH TRAINING:  Since 2004, Beauty From Ashes™ has been providing conferences and hands on training for strip club outREACHes and back by popular demand, we're doing it again in 2012!  We have two dates for you to choose from: January 11-14 and July 26-28.   Find out how human trafficking is connected to the sex industry, learn unique outREACH strategies and how to implement them,  how to best serve clients, mental health challenges you'll face, the ABC's to building and training your team, how to care for your aftercare workers, community engagement, and MORE!  Limited number of seats. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE Revised curriculum provided by the Dept. of Health & Human Services Capacity Building Grant.    

OCTOBER PRAYER ALERT Prayer is the foundation of this ministry and we covet yours!  Here's how to pray in detail for BFA for the month of October, CLICK HERE.

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.  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 CURRENT NEEDS:  Want to help and get involved with Florida's first and only survivor led human sex trafficking service agency?  CLICK HERE for details of how you can become a modern day slavery abolitionist. 

UPCOMING AWARENESS/EDUCATION EVENTS:  BFA is partnering with the Salvation Army, Girl Scouts, Florida Nurses Association, Florida Gulf Coast University, and local churches.  We have events scheduled through July of 2012.  Check them out and make plans today to attend.  For more info, CLICK HERE

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

FUND RAISING: If you're passionate about doing something about the human trafficking happening right here in the United States and want to support Beauty From Ashes, contact us today.  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.

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. 


Thank you for your continued support.

Julie Shematz & the BFA FREEdom™ Team
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers