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We are grateful to those who donated to help put it there in the first place!

Consider giving a donation today to keep this positive message posted along this ‘red light’ district in PA!

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Strip Club Outreach Training in Harrisburg, PA

Strip Club Outreach Training

March 14 & 15, 2014

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Speaker:      Rachelle Starr, Founder and Executive Director of Scarlet Hope

                     Assisted by Courtney Shell, Program Director of Scarlet Hope

Location:     Community Evangelical Free Church - 4501 Franklin Street, Harrisburg, PA

Cost:            $25 per person due at the door when signing in (fee is required for one or both days)

                     At the door registrations will be permitted, however, prior RSVPs are strongly encouraged!

 

Time:          6pm – 9pm Friday, March 14 (light refreshments will be provided)

                   9am – 2pm Saturday, March 15 (AM coffee and PM lunch will be provided)

 

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Rachelle Starr, Founder and Executive Director of Scarlet Hope will be teaching on how to reach out to women in the adult entertainment industry with hope and love. 

What to Expect. Rachelle will be sharing insights into Strip Club Ministry from her first hand experiences. She will share about their Outreach Program within the clubs and the Hope Program – a faith-based program that helps women coming out of the clubs find healing and restoration.

Rachelle will lead us through various topics such as:

-        logistics

-        how to care for women in the industry

-        developing/utilizing resources

-        program and housing essentials

-        team relationships


Next Steps: after lunch on Saturday, you will have an opportunity to plug in and talk about next steps, as it is our hope to take what we learn and apply it locally. There will be opportunities to learn about the various ways you can be involved locally – from praying, to cooking a meal, to donating gifts or being part of an outreach team.

Attending does not guarantee being placed on an outreach team, but does indicate interest. Plan to attend even if you just want to learn, but don’t want to participate in visits.

Many thanks to those who are committed to reaching women in the adult entertainment industry locally for their help with this training: Crown of Beauty Ministries, Hershey E-Free Church and other area churches.

 

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I want you to know my story.

 

The best cupcakes in town, or so we've been told, were delivered to eight employees working inside the Hollywood Hustler store in Nashville, TN on Saturday.

They were happy about this! They felt it was a nice thing to do and Erin, a pastor's wife who is very comfortable doing strip club visits, reported that overall it was a good and positive visit.cupcakes
Offering beautifully decorated cupcakes was just a small way for us to show love to those who work in an industry where the real definition of love is extremely misconstrued. We believe it was the right thing to do at this time and might look for other opportunities to do outreach to those who work in that particular store. 

Meanwhile in Dauphin Co., PA our team was gathering gift bags, Valentine’s cookies, and prayers from friends and family as we prepared to deliver 40+ gift bags to two area strip clubs.

We arrived at our first club to find it still dark with the parking lot very snow covered! A quick phone call with the general manager put us at ease that they were on their way and looking forward to our visit!

As they plowed parking spaces, turned lights on, vacuumed and swept floors getting ready for the night’s business, our team was busy arranging our gift bags on a table in a back corner of the club. This table was actually an answer to prayer since we had planned to locate a better spot in this particular club to be able to visit and talk with the girls. It was nice to see that they had already taken care of this for us!

Two of our team members from Crown of Beauty Ministries spent time visiting with the girls in the dressing room and learned that fleece blankets would be very much appreciated! It can actually be quite cold in some of these places and the girls like to wrap up and warm up between shifts.

They loved the carefully selected pampering items that were donated for the gift bags and one of the first things they opened was the lip gloss from Avon! It was a blessing to have an extra gift bag so the general manager could share one with her sister, who was hurting from an incident that happened earlier in the week. As these Valentine’s gift bags were being created and prepared, I don’t think any of us thought about it that the love might extend beyond the club walls to their family members too.

Hand-written notes, thoughtful words of love and encouragement, had been carefully placed in each bag. After reading her note, one of our new friends said it was just what she needed to hear at this time!

After letting the girls know we would be back in a couple of weeks with blankets, food and information about an upcoming luncheon - which they were very happy about - hugs were exchanged and we headed out into the cold to our next destination. cookies-gifts

We were greeted immediately with warm hugs at our next club, and it was kind of surprising to be on the other side of receiving a little love! The gift bags were so appreciated and one of the ladies mentioned that she was looking forward to spending time reading the heart-shaped verses about love.

In the midst of make-up being applied and hair being curled, we received a lot of thank yous and hugs. The cookies were a huge hit with the general managers – they were actually very hungry, which we’ll keep in mind for next time!

We listened to and talked with several of the girls, trying to make sure everyone received a gift or bag of cookies and soon it was time to head out and let them continue their shifts.

We were pleased to hear one girl call out to us that she loved the chicken salads we delivered the last time, so much so that she told her mom all about it!

But one of the most memorable moments of the night happened as we were literally walking out the door. We caught the eye of the girl on stage waving good-bye to her, but she shook her head and mouthed “no, not yet.”

She wanted us to stay and hear her story because, in her own words, ‘I want you to use it to help someone else and further your cause.’

Hearing her story felt like being on sacred ground, sitting together in a smoke-filled room watching the ash tray fill up even as her tears refused to spill. I promise to share more of her story in an upcoming letter. For now, it’s just good for us to remember these words from a Celebrate Recovery therapist, addressing the issue of sexual abuse:

“We never know someone’s story – we might only see one chapter. But we must be diligent with wound care…we need to help stop the pain, the bleeding, the infection. We can do this by pouring LOVE on that wound.”

Thank you to all who were part of this visit through your donations, written notes, prayers, preparing and organizing gifts bags, partnerships, and overall support of She’s Somebody’s Daughter!


Sharing the Love!

 
February is the month of love, and we plan to share as much of it as we can in some unlikely places!

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We LOVE these beautifully decorated gift bags created by the ladies at First Church Hershey Women's Retreat! Plans are underway for us to fill them with special items for our next visit to our adopted strip clubs planned for Saturday, February 15th!

The theme for this visit is ‘pampering’, and our gift bag coordinator has been busy collecting various items such as lip gloss,  foot lotion, band-aids, and Bath & Body products!
 
We're excited for this next visit and we trust that the ladies at the clubs are going to love their gift bags, and therefore, feel LOVED and cared for!

Nashville, TN:
Also on February 15, the same day as our PA visits, the Hollywood Hustler - location of our Nashville billboard, will receive a cupcake visit by Erin and her team from Nashville Strip Church!

The plan is for them to deliver beautifully decorated pink cupcakes from a local bakery along with this simple message: "The board above your store is not against you personally but FOR the dignity and value of all women regardless of where they are in life; you are loved, and every daughter and son we meet is loved!"

May the HH employees understand this, just as one of our girls in PA explained it to a truck driver: ‘they just want to make sure we’re being respected, that’s all!’

Oklahoma City, OK:
Eve Ministries has been doing amazing work sharing love in an area in OKC known for its stretch of strip clubs.

Discussions for another She's Somebody's Daughter billboard to be posted in this area have begun. So just as we did in PA, it is our desire to share the vision and heart of SSD first and build relationships with those who work in and own the clubs. We aim to love, not to condemn and shame.

Therefore, Eve Ministries has invited us along on their visits to the clubs in March. We are very excited about this development and will keep you posted!

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we reach out across the country to share love in practical ways with those working in the sex industry.

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too - may you also feel loved and valued!

Tammy
Director, She’s Somebody’s Daughter

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.  ~ Mother Teresa

Truck driver responds to PA billboard!

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Our newly posted She’s Somebody’s Daughter billboard is certainly bringing light into a dark area…in more ways than one.

While visiting the girls at one of our adopted strip clubs this past weekend, we were greeted almost immediately with an interesting little story about a comment made to one of the girls by a truck driver. He seemed to feel a bit offended by this new message in that area:

"I don't know what's going on with that daughter billboard; it's like they're saying I shouldn't come in here!"

It was even more satisfying to hear her response to him:

“Oh, they're just trying to say that we should be respected. That's all!”

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 What's your repsonse?

 

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