It was her first night in the club.
She needed the money and a friend said they needed dancers. It seemed like a win-win…until she spent a couple of hours trying to fit in and was told, “put your game face on because a scared, sad face makes you look ugly.” As we were serving snack plates and handing out gift bags, it was hard not to notice this particular scenario playing out behind us.
As the night unfolded, there were the delighted faces of those ladies who recognize and know us from prior visits, along with warm welcomes of, “we are so happy to see you guys!” Yet a couple of us were very aware of this new girl, who kept quietly pacing back and forth near us.
We’re careful not to disturb the business at hand, but when it was discovered that the girl had slipped out to walk home in the dark, we were able to connect with her outside to offer her a ride home. This simple gesture on our part seemed to be appreciated by all, including the owner.
Reflecting on our recent visits, it has become more and more apparent that along with bringing light and hope, it is by offering food and tangible help that real needs are met and relationships are built.
We certainly appreciate the many hands who prepare meals and baked goods twice a month and package it so nicely – even down to typed labels thanks to one of our male chefs!! This makes it so easy to serve while we focus on interacting with the ladies getting into deeper discussions about children, families and ongoing needs.
Light just one little candle
Let's all light one little candle,
Why stumble on in the dark?
When the day is dark an' dreary,
And your way is hard to find,
Don't let your heart be weary,
Just keep this thought in mind!
It is better to light just one little candle,
Than to stumble in the dark!
Better far that you light just one little candle,
All you need's a tiny spark!
If we'd all say a prayer that the world would be free,
The wonderful dawn of a new day we'll see!
And, if everyone lit just one little candle,
What a bright world this would be!
To help us share a message of hope, a generous volunteer donated beautiful purple candles with hand decorated match packets. Along with a few lyrics printed on cards of this special Perry Como song, we were able to share this precious gift with almost 40 ladies in two businesses this time.
We are committed to keep lighting candles by visiting, serving food, offering a support network, and building relationships with those in the adult entertainment industry, drawing them into a circle of compassion and community.
If you’d like to “light just one little candle”, visit our updated homepage to find out how you can get involved and work with us to make this world a brighter place!
(Song lyrics by Joseph Maloy Roach, Published 1952)