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 participated in our Residential Program in 2013. The call was unexpected, yet such a pleasant surprise! Tatiana expressed her heartfelt gratitude for everything Street’s Hope helped her accomplish, proudly sharing that she works full time and has her own apartment. We could hear the joy in her voice as she shared that she’s healthy & pregnant with her second child and could feel her pushing back the streams of tears when she said, “I just wanted to let you know Street’s Hope made such a difference in my life.” This simple act gave such a sweet reminder as to why we do this work to empower women escaping the sex industry and reminded us of the true impact we are honored to have on the many women that enter the doors of our safe house.
Over this past year, we have continued to embrace ongoing organizational growth, progress and stability that has become so familiar over the years. This year, we have hit the mark of serving more than 200 women over the years, continued to support graduates through our Alumni Program and we’re beyond excited to launch an on-site GED Program! Our Board of Directors, Staff and community supporters have grown and we have hired a part time Administrative Assistant, a first for Street’s Hope! In October, our Board met for a visioning retreat. We reflected on Street’s Hope’s growth over the years and dreamed for the future. We’re committed to serving more women through expanding our residential programming to include graduate transitional housing, essential to the community reintegration; enhancing our voice in the community through advocacy; and exploring ways to share our program with other like-minded organizations. Your partnership is critical in and we hope that you continue to join us as we continue to grow.
It’s the precious reminders that come from women like Tatiana*, that fill our hearts with contentment, joy and the continued desire to advocate for women who deserve to create their own bright future. We are so glad that you are part of the Street’s Hope family and hope you know that we couldn’t do this work to help women heal, transform and thrive without each one of you. Please consider giving the Gift of Hope this holiday season, providing hope for one woman at time.
Wishing you Peace & Joy in 2017!
Nina Martinez, Executive Director
Becky Plunkett, Board President