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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BFA in United Way House, New Board Member & Program Director & MORE!

To everything there is a season and we at Beauty From Ashes Ministries have entered a new time with many recently developed and exciting changes!  Tis the season to celebrate what the Lord has done for us! 

NEW ASSESSMENT/RESOURCE CENTER:  We have officially relocated our office from Barry University to the North Fort Myers United Way House, where, in partnership with the United Way, the Salvation Army, and Lee Physician's Healthcare Systems, we can provide comprehensive and integrated mental health, medical, dental, social, and spiritual services to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation. A HUGE thanks to everyone that has assisted in making this happen! 

NEW BOARD MEMBER:  We are pleased to welcome Myrna Molinari, MSW, LCSW as an Executive Board Director to Beauty From Ashes Ministries.  Myrna is currently the Director of the Salvation Army located in Fort Myers, FL and will soon be a Licensed Certified Addictions Professional. She has 13 years of experience working with victims of Child Abuse and Neglect and Dependent Adult Abuse and supervised a 14 county area for 5 years. Myrna's primary work has been with co-occuring disorders. She has been married 21 years and has three teenage children.  

NEW PROGRAM MANAGER:  On behalf of the Beauty From Ashes Board of Directors, it gives me great pleasure to announce Christa Hicks as our new Program Manager.  Christa received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University and is scheduled to receive a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in May 2012.  Christa is also a graduate of Faith Farm Ministries addiction treatment program and is an overcomer.  She is happily married, home schools her extremely talented 11 year old, and is an active member of McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers.  

DECEMBER & JANUARY MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE: For the months of December and January we have a matching gift challenge from Mr. and Mrs. John Sampson.  For any giving of $25 up to $20,000 they will double it!  You can give securely online or send your gift to 13300 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 56, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

BFA LATEST VIDEO:  To view our newest video and to find out more about human trafficking, how it effects minors, and what Beauty From Ashes does, CLICK HERE

NATIONAL SEX INDUSTRY OUTREACH & AFTERCARE TRAINING: 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, how to develop sustainability, and MORE!  There is a limited number of seats and they are filling fast!  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE. Revised curriculum provided by the Dept. of Health & Human Services Capacity Building Grant.   

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.  This month, we'll double that number for the Christmas season and we need your help. Our next meeting is the 2nd [THIS FRIDAY] & next Friday, the  9th, 9am-noon at our new location.  Make plans to join us today!  Learning and community service hours available. 

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH:  Our Christmas outREACH is next Saturday, December 10th. The OutREACH team will be delivering a home cooked meal and distributing gift bags, that contain love, hope, and truth, in addition to human trafficking information, inside the locker room of a Fort Myers club.  

DECEMBER 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 December, 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:  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


Thank you for your continued support of the mission of Beauty From Ashes Ministries.  Together we are preventing, reaching, rescuing, and restoring victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. 

Celebrating CHRIST in this holiday season,

Julie Shematz & the BFA FREEdom™ Team

Where Victims Become Over-Comers
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Physical Address:  The United Way House | 13279 N. Cleveland Ave. | N. Fort Myers | FL | 33903