Well, the Outreach Team sponsored a second trip to StreetLight USA last weekend and we had...SEVENTEEN church members there!
Streetlight USA helps young girls who have been victims of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. This is vitally important work, and I am grateful that our Outreach Team is deepening out relationship with the folks at Streetlight.
StreetLightUSA's mission is "To transition adolescent girls from trauma to triumph." and they implement that mission through a three-tier strategy of Awareness, Prevention, and Direct Care. By partnering with private corporations, public law makers, law enforcement, human services, and faith-based organizations they have created a collective impact that is interrupting the victimization of adolescent girls by the sex trade. They are helping girls find a new way forward so they can become independent, confident and successful young women.
As part of the day, our FCC Volunteers led the young women in making and decorating picture frames. The young women could keep their frames for themselves or donate them to another one of our mission partners. Some of the ladies were so moved by the project and the connection with our church that they are planning on joining us for our next instance of The Fifth With First where we'll be bringing to the Ronald McDonald House!