Compassion First

Compassion First is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, providing long-term, hope-filled solutions for survivors of child sexual trafficking. We have a global vision, providing services to the world's most vulnerable in one of the most under-served regions of the world.
Mar 29, 2013

We've Starting House Hunting!

Client & Staff at the Beach
Client & Staff at the Beach

Compassion First Headquarters is thrilled to announce that we have acquired the needed funding for a larger Aftercare Facility. With your help and the incredible generosity of Cornerstone Chiropractic, we have have reached our fundraising goal for this project and are currently in search of property. We will keep you up-to-date with the search and have hopeful expectations in locating our new home soon!

With the foundational costs of a larger shelter provided for, we would like to request a new goal for this project.

Our initial center renovations budget will be approximately $15,000 and will include:

1. Security Gate Reinforcement

2. Architectural Security Modifications

3. Additional Furniture & Supplies

4. Landscaping Modifications for Security Purposes

5. Room Modifications (Partitioning)

6. Plumbing, Kitchen and Electrical Upgrades

We hope you'll continue helping us spread the word about this project with your friends, colleagues and family. Please know that your contributions allow for restorative, life-changing work to take place, and that without you, we cannot move forward. 

To us, we are all part of a larger family and that is truly what will make our new shelter a home. 

For the girls,

Compassion First

CF Security - prepping current home for departure
CF Security - prepping current home for departure
Clients excited to help prep home for departure!
Clients excited to help prep home for departure!

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Dec 18, 2012

The Gift of Love Here on Earth

Ruth
Ruth's House Outreach 2012

Our girls are participating in a Christmas outreach this year. Why? Because to be loved is wonderful, but learning how to love others is extraordinary; it is both healing and transformative--the very stuff that can change one's life trajectory forever.

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Bickey Lloyd and I work for Compassion First. I just returned from Indonesia. My recent visit was supposed to be short, mainly to gather information for our "Holy Night" Christmas campaign that we are coordinating for impoverished cemetery sex-workers (see more info below). Somehow my ten day stay turned into four weeks and I was set to the task of coordinating Christmas activities for the clients of Ruth's House.

I LOVE Christmas! Christmas is all about family, friends, eating, laughing and most importantly about the fulfillment of an incredible gift--the gift of love here on earth.

For some, like the clients in Ruth's House, Christmas is not as special. Some of the girls have very broken families, and broken little spirits.

When I looked at the girls and spent time with them, I could not help but see my younger self. They are teenagers, struggling with the loss of their childhood and dealing very courageously with their trauma inflicted wounds.

I was just like them when I was younger-- but something, someone, changed the trajectory of my life forever. What changed my life was not something necessarily spoken, it was not hammered into my skull, I was not told that I needed to be disciplined, that I had a rebellious spirit, and that I should change my attitude for the betterment of my soul.  What changed my life was experiencing, seeing, and participating in the gift of love.

 

Two days ago, the girls and staff of Ruth's House brought handmade crafts, gifts and activities for the children of Sayap Kasih--a small orphanage housing disabled children. Altogether, they sang and played their little hearts out to all our favorite Christmas songs. You can view a short slideshow of our first Ruth's House Christmas Outreach 2012 here!  

Already, the CF Staff is seeing incredible changes. The girls have all asked if they can go back to Sayap Kasih on a regular basis, and one of our clients actually asked if she could adopt a child she had especially connected with. She now knows what love is-- and that is what Christmas is all about--the gift of love here on earth.

Your contributions keep this transformational work going. Please consider a Year-End Gift and may you and your family have a most wonderful Holiday Season!

Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Ruth
Ruth's House Outreach 2012
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Ruth
Ruth's House Outreach 2012 Group Shot
Client at our 2012 Outreach
Client at our 2012 Outreach

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Dec 18, 2012

The Gift of Love Here on Earth

Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach

Our girls are participating in a Christmas outreach this year. Why? Because to be loved is wonderful, but learning how to love others is extraordinary; it is both healing and transformative-- the very stuff that can change one's life trajectory forever.

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Bickey Lloyd and I work for Compassion First. I just returned from Indonesia. My recent visit was supposed to be short, mainly to gather information for our "Holy Night" Christmas campaign that we are coordinating for impoverished cemetery sex-workers (see more info below). Somehow my ten day stay turned into four weeks and I was set to the task of coordinating Christmas activities for the clients of Ruth's House.

I LOVE Christmas! Christmas is all about family, friends, eating, laughing and most importantly about the fulfillment of an incredible gift--the gift of love here on earth.

For some, like the clients in Ruth's House, Christmas is not as special. Some of the girls have very broken families, and broken little spirits.

When I looked at the girls and spent time with them, I could not help but see my younger self. They are teenagers, struggling with the loss of their childhood and dealing very courageously with their trauma inflicted wounds.

I was just like them when I was younger-- but something, someone, changed the trajectory of my life forever. What changed my life was not something necessarily spoken, it was not hammered into my skull, I was not told that I needed to be disciplined, that I had a rebellious spirit, and that I should change my attitude for the betterment of my soul.  What changed my life was experiencing, seeing, and most importantly, participating in the gift of love.

Two days ago, the girls and staff of Ruth's House brought handmade crafts, gifts and activities for the children of Sayap Kasih--a small orphanage housing disabled children. Altogether, they sang and played their little hearts out to all our favorite Christmas songs. You can view a short slideshow of our first Ruth's House Christmas Outreach 2012 here!  

Already, the CF Staff is seeing incredible changes. The girls have all asked if they can go back to Sayap Kasih on a regular basis, and one of our clients actually asked if she could adopt a child she had especially connected with. She now knows what love is-- and that is what Christmas is all about--the gift of love here on earth.

Your contributions keep this transformational work going. Please consider a Year-End contribution and may you and your families have a wonderful Holiday Season!

 

Bickey Lloyd

Client Making a Handmade Craft for the children.
Client Making a Handmade Craft for the children.
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Compassion First Staff & Clients at Outreach
Compassion First Staff & Clients at Outreach
Client Making a Handmade Craft for the Children.
Client Making a Handmade Craft for the Children.

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