From The Staff

  • Street’s Hope Next Step Toward Offering Healing

    February 2, 2017

    I’m not sure that anyone can really step into the shoes of Nina Martinez, or as I have been referring to her, Miss Tiny but Mighty. She has built Street’s Hope as we know it today, and I say that with conviction after having worked alongside her for the last month as we have engaged ...

  • Hope Waiting in the Dark

    January 31, 2017

    As I prepare to transition out of my role, as Executive Director of Street’s Hope, a proud title that I’ve held the past four years, I am urged to share with you all of the struggles that came about, all of the happiness that I got to experience and everything in between. But, the one ...

  • New Beginnings

    December 31, 2016

    New Year. New Me. That’s what we say each year. Right? We think of all the goals we are going to set and accomplish. We think of all the ways that we can make ourselves better than the year before. New Year. New Me. We say this because the coming of a new year represents a fresh start. It’s ...

  • From the Heart

    December 15, 2016

    Dearest Street’s Hope Supporters, The close of 2016 is upon us and we want to take the opportunity to thank each of you for coming alongside of us, as we continue to restore women escaping the commercial sex industry. Recently, our staff was blessed to receive a phone call from a young woman, Tatiana*, who ...

  • STREET’S HOPE; THE BEGINNING

    November 3, 2016

    LeAnne Downing: Founder of Street’s Hope wrote the blog for this month… Street’s Hope the Beginning STREET’S HOPE; THE BEGINNING Sometimes life knocks us off our feet and grinds us hard into the ground, we feel our teeth rattle and our soul shake, then God comes sweeping down with a tremendous rescue. At other times we are ...

  • Part of Street’s Hope Legacy

    September 5, 2016

    Hello Street’s Hope Family, Friends and Newcomers- I was giving the honor to write one of this month’s blogs! I have now been with Street’s Hope for almost 2 years! In that time I have gone from intern, to Program Manager now to Program Director. It is truly been such a privilege to work ...

  • Street’s Hope – Art Therapy Program

    August 2, 2016

    A reality for many of the women we serve at Street’s Hope is that they are ashamed of their past, and are discriminated by society for being trafficked into sex work, even though they are not to blame. Due to the stigma surrounding their past, survivors rarely share their story verbally. Art therapy allows survivors ...

  • Communications Director Farewell – Forever Grateful

    June 30, 2016

    I began working for Street’s Hope in the Fall of 2013. I felt extremely fortunate to have found an internship at an organization that so perfectly aligned with my passions. At the time, I was in an Organizational Development Internship role, which focused on supporting the fundraising/grant writing/communication efforts of the organization and really offered ...

  • Overnight Staff Blog from Brenda

    January 30, 2016

    Working at Street’s Hope these past 18 months has been a journey. I find my seemingly small role with the women something I am proud I can claim as mine. I came into the position at Street’s Hope with the experience of working with trafficked women in Uganda and was excited to find my ...

  • Adults Matter Too

    January 8, 2016

    Since becoming involved with Street’s Hope several years ago, it has struck me over the years how little media coverage and societal concern seems to exist for adults exiting the sex industry. When I share Street’s Hope’s work with others, they often seem almost disappointed that our safe house does not work with minors. I ...