We are blessed to call the Adorned In Grace Bridal & Formalwear Shop part of our anti-human trafficking model. Proceeds from sales of the gorgeous gowns and accessories are put towards prevention, education, aftercare for survivors, and more. The store does so much good but we knew we had to take it to the next level to continue fighting trafficking and aiding women affected by sexual exploitation. We went searching for the right person to manage the store, and we knew our hunt was over when we met Lucinda.
How do you help someone scarred by trauma? How do you step into their life, knowing nothing of the pain they've experienced, and reach so deep as to pluck out a little bit of healing? How do you even begin to relate or offer comfort? If you know someone who has endured a traumatic event, you may have grappled with these questions. At Abolition Now's Hands of Hope mentor training, attendees learned strategies to effectively counsel individuals haunted by the horror of sexual exploitation.
We have all heard stories about young, vulnerable children who were abandoned or abused, those who lack positive role models and models of hope. We are aware of the gaps in their lives and we try our best to find ways to fill them. The problem is that sometimes we hear these stories so often that we become numb to the fact that each story is an individual’s life. These individuals don't refer to them as stories, but realities. We need to stop listening so much and start acting.
How can we be mentors TODAY?
The teamwork between the churches and volunteers at Vancouver Heights on July 11 produced another great Compassion Clinic event. We can only say thank you so much, but we really feel blessed with how our models are brought to life by these groups. At the clinics, we constantly find ourselves witnessing lessons from these volunteers and guests alike, so we figured it was about time to share what we’ve learned from you!
Approximately, 20,000 visitors attended this year’s CityServe Arizona's HopeFest in Phoenix with the help of 2,400 volunteers from around the community and just a little farther. All this help and all these people meant one thing – a lot of food, 75,000 meals to be exact! But that isn’t the only positive that came out of this event. By joining together and hosting this huge event, HopeFest managed to go above and beyond filling stomachs. Check out all that was accomplished below.
Hey, everyone! My name is Nichole and I’m a summer intern this year at Compassion Connect. I’m helping out with social media, blog posts, clinics and anything I can really get my hands on. So hopefully you like our social media posts and the blogs I’ve written recently!
You know what else I love? Compassion Connect clinics! I attended my first (and not the last!) in Oregon City June 20 and saw some amazing things, not to mention met a lot of great people.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for the opposite of poverty is not wealth, it’s community”
Stephen Bauman, President of World Relief
The Oregon City Clinic was held on June 20 and opened doors for many volunteers and guests to share their experiences. Here is one that hits home.
The deadline for our One Voice Campaign is coming up quickly. Last year we did something pretty awesome by reworking the rules of math. We made every dollar donated equal $16 of economic value. Because of the donations and volunteers, we were able to really make that money matter. With a starting goal to secure $20,000 in 12 months through online pledges from April 20 to June 30, we’re ready to see what can be done this year.