Design Studio participants learn and grow in an environment filled with fun!
Encouraging (and might I say, incredibly patient) mentors invest many hours coming along side the girls who attend weekly workshops. Even with the chaos of construction beneath their soles, they manage to put on their happy feet and attitudes.
Design Studio Mentors Attend Hands of Hope Training
Volunteer mentors from the Adorned in Grace Design Studio attended a two-day mentoring workshop sponsored by Abolition Now. What a blessing and special time we had coming together to learn how we can best minister to the at-risk girls living in our own neighborhoods as well as those coming out of the life of sexual exploitation.
Eleven volunteers plus 5 speakers made this a successful event. Approximately 40 women and 5 men attended from 15 churches and anti-trafficking organizations.
Hands of Hope Mentoring Vision: A loving and caring team of Christian women who will walk beside, encourage, and mentor at-risk youth, sex-trafficked survivors and other young women. The Hands of Hope Mentoring consists of Christian women from local churches who are united to serve the vulnerable in our community. Mentors are certified according to the guidelines, training, commitment agreement, faith and mission of Abolition Now.
Workshop speakers presented:
Gary and Linda Tribbett- Uniting the Body of Christ to serve our community.
Kristin Lumm-Williams, Lifeworks NW – Mental Health of traumatized/abused victims
Rebecca Bender, Survivor, Author, Speaker, Advocate for anti-trafficking - Mentoring a survivor
Janice Beeghly-Staying spiritually healthy as a mentor
Comments from participants included: “This exceeds the professionalism and cohesiveness of most conferences I’ve attended for my work. Amazing job!”
“I really like the idea of area churches pulling together in their neighborhoods to host events to those at risk-like the Dress for Freedom type of events, several in different neighborhoods throughout the year.”
- Women who are currently mentoring at the Design Studio received tools, training and encouragement to help them come along side at-risk youth.
- Three women filled out an application to be a Hands of Hope mentor.
- Ten other women are praying about becoming a mentor.
- Seven women signed up for Mending the Soul small group (a prerequisite to becoming a mentor)
- Special connections were made and partnerships with other organizations were established
- Two volunteers stepped up to become resource coordinators – working with local churches in their own community to do hygiene, clothing and gift card campaign drives so we will be ready with needed supplies for the girls we serve.
Putting on their 'tudes
Hands of Hope Workshop