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Friday, January 20, 2012

National Training & OutREACH Report, Gift Assembly & Upcoming Events

20 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING: January is the National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Awareness leads to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration. For 20 things you can do to be proactive, CLICK HERE.

NATIONAL SEX INDUSTRY OUTREACH & AFTERCARE TRAINING:  Last week at Barry University, Beauty From Ashes™ launched our updated training curriculum (thanks to the Department of Health & Human Services capacity building grant and in collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University Institute of Government). Attendees ages ranged from 19 to 62, some had no experience, others were already doing weekly outreaches, and we had undergraduates, graduate students, and licensed professionals present.  Here is some of the feedback we received: 

"Overall the training was amazing and better than any other I have attended." - Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student from Liberty University

"I really wanted to know what to do about aftercare, and this has been a great help." - Sarasota, FL

"The intimate feeling of the conference gave me freedom to ask questions as well as feel ministered to through Julie and Christa." - Fort Myers, FL

"It made me realize how important training is for those of us doing this. Thank you!"  - Sarasota, FL

"I absolutely loved the whole training!" - Sarasota, FL

"Very helpful to understand the girls thought processes and the different "culture" they live/work in. I so appreciated your hearts and honesty and your love for God!"  - Anonymous

"Everything was great! Very well organized and a lot of thought went into the presentation." - Bradenton, FL

"Julie and Christa worked really well together and tag teamed really good. There is nothing I would change. I thought it was very professional." - Pastor's Wife, Sarasota, FL

Since 2005, Beauty From Ashes has been providing trainings nationally presenting our unique model of outREACH and afterCARE. Due to the DHS Capacity Building Grant we were able to improve the training significantly. Developed in collaboration with overcomers, our victim/survivor/overcomer centered training modules include:

Beauty From Ashes Structure and Operations Model
Human Trafficking and Sex Trafficking
Who are the Victims? 
Bias and Prejudice
Mental Health Challenges
Strip Club/Sex Industry OutREACH
Building Your Team
Community Engagement
Public Information 
Common Issues of Sex Workers and Boundaries
Health Care Workers
The Traffickers and Facilitators

Our next training is July 26-28th at Barry University in Fort Myers, FL. Cost is $175. Registration is required.  Limited Seating. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE or call (239) 939-9218.  Additionally, we will also travel to present it. 

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH REPORT:  Our training included taking teams on a strip club outREACH on Friday, January 13th where we served a home cooked meal and distributed gift bags that included bibles, makeup, perfumes, jewelry, and human trafficking information.  We were in the club for over 6 hours and had numerous opportunities to minister to the employees, who consistently welcome us with open arms. Our next outREACH will in February in celebration of Valentine's Day. To view pics of training and outREACH CLICK HERE.

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. Our next meeting is February 3 and 10th, 9am-noon at our office located in the North Fort Myers United Way House. Make plans to join us today!  Learning and community service hours available. 

UPCOMING AWARENESS/EDUCATION EVENTS:  We have events scheduled through July of 2012 and in the next month we'll be at Edison Community College, Sanibel Community Church, Cypress United Methodist, McGregor Baptist Church, Faith Farm, and at the Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Girls Protecting Girls Against Human Trafficking conference. Check out these events and others by  CLICKING HERE. To schedule an overcomer to speak at your event, CLICK HERE or call (239)939-9218. 

JANUARY PRAYER ALERT: Prayer is foundational to Beauty From Ashes™ and we covet yours. CLICK HERE for details on how to pray for us. 

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. 


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In collaboration with United Way, the Salvation Army, and Lee Physician's Healthcare, from one location, we provide comprehensive and integrative services (medical, mental health, social, and spiritual) to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation. Thank you for your support.  Because of you, since 2005, we've served over 1000 clients and are recognized as a leading human trafficking service agency in the state of Florida. TOGETHER we are making a difference!

Committed to seeing victims become over-comers,

Julie Shematz
Founder & Executive Director

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers