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2017 ANNUAL REPORT

HOPE AWAKENS.

 
 

Words cannot express the deep gratitude we feel for you. Because of YOUR generosity, lives have been changed. Stories have been added to. YOU have been a significant part of our story in 2017. Check it out!

 
 

GO. LOVE. CONNECT.

 
 

Club Outreaches. Lunch. Coffee. School shopping. Homemade pies. Flowers. Tears. Laughter. Disappointments. Job interviews. Hospitalizations. 

It all begins with relationship. No strings attached. 

It's never boring nor predictable. 

The women we serve are some of the most resilient out there. And it is our honor to walk along side them in whatever capacity they are in. 

 

6000

GIFT BAGS DELIVERED

6

HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ASSISTED

2

BABYSHOWERS HOSTED

4

WOMEN RELOCATED TO SAFER ENVIRONMENTS

 
 
 
 

ACCESS 2017

 
 

Launched in Spring of 2017, Access is our new transition program for women exiting the commercial sex industry. 

Access is a holistic training program aimed at gaining access to power, influence and opportunity for individuals exiting the commercial sex industry.

Goals
This innovative 8-week training program designed to on-ramp individuals toward self-sufficiency, reducing re-entry into the commercial sex industry. During the program, students receive a living expense stipend. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to step into full time employment or become eligible to apply for a microloan to start a small business through Lovely Enterprises.

Program Topics

  • Spiritual Development
  • Job Readiness
  • Life Skills
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health

Program Results

  • Prior to Access, all students ranked themselves as a 1 or a 2 on emotional health on a 5 point scale. Upon course completion, all students ranked themselves at a 4 or a 5.

  • Prior to Access, each student ranked herself at a 3 or below on self-confidence on a 5 point scale, a majority ranked themselves at a 1. Upon course completion, a majority ranked themselves as a 5.

  • Upon completion of Access, all students expressed that they felt more supported by the Waco community at large.

  • Upon graduation, 3 students stepped into consistent employment, 2 are in the process of beginning classes at McLennan Community College, 3 are continuing to utilize counseling services from the Advocacy Center and all are still connected to our JSL staff.

 

7

GRADUATES

 
I have hope. This has brought me a hope - that I do have a life that is worth living and that I can be proud of.
— ACCESS GRADUATE
 
 
 

LOVELY ENTERPRISES

 
 Film and TV actor Lauren Denham repping  Lovely  in L.A.

Film and TV actor Lauren Denham repping Lovely in L.A.

Lovely Enterprises had its first full year in operations. Our aim as a social enterprise of JSL is to provide living wage jobs and microloans that reduce recidivism into the sex trade.

We do this by:

  • Providing wholesale accounts for our products to retailers. All products are ethically sourced and socially responsible.
  • Lovely Pop-Up Shows.
  • Partnership with Access 1 & 2 which includes internships, job training, business planning and job creation.
  • Community Impact Initiatives like Little Lovelies (day camp for girls) and special community wide events like First Friday.  
  • Volunteerism where community members help run the store and fulfill customer orders.

We are excited that our products are carried at Magnolia Market and Shops at Spice Village via Congress Clothing.

 

7

WOMEN RECEIVED LIVING WAGE JOBs

10

POP-UP SHOWS

5

LITTLE LOVELIES

3,260

handmade earrings produced

11

VOLUNTEERS

34

ETHICALLY SOURCED & SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS

 
 
 
 

STOP DEMAND SCHOOL

 
 

2017 was a formative year for SDS. Offering a class each quarter, we collected significant data on each offender that will afford us formal statistics on the sex buying population in Texas.

We also made improvements to course content.

SDS is shaping up to be an important part of our program culture. Not only from a funding persepective, but as a transformational awareness program.

Our goal in the years to come is to make SDS available in all JSL cities. 

$7200

REVENUE GENERATED

4

CLASSES HOSTED

 
Very eye opening - the consequences that follow. I didn’t realize what I have to lose. I’m honestly so thankful for this course.
— "JOHN"
 
 
 

WILD TORCH 2017

 
 

Many nights are special, but some are SPECIAL. Our third installment of Wild Torch was off the chain. We welcomed back Broadway actress, Elizabeth Davis, who blew us away with another breathtaking one-woman show.

We heard from our first Access graduate and how the program affected her life. We also heard about Lovely Enterprises and the new work happening in the social enterprise of JSL.

From a numbers perspective, we broke all JSL records! Attendance. Revenue. The auction was a party in and of itself.

Our question for 2018 is...where do we go from here?!

 

$179,925

Total revenue

$19,500

Auction revenue

 

350

attendance

 
 
 

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2017

 
 

One thing is for certain, natural disaster doesn’t discriminate. Also certain, natural disaster hits the poor and disenfranchised the hardest. We spent hours on the phone with family, friends, churches and ministry partners who were picking up the pieces OR simply still surviving the effects of Hurricane Harvey. From a club manager’s friend stuck on a roof with her children to our own family wading in waist high water surrounding their home, our stomachs have been knotted with impact as we have watched the news. 

Houston is also a hub for sex trafficking and sex exploitation-it was now underwater. With more massage parlors and strip clubs than any other U.S. City, Houston is known to professional sports teams as a go-to city for sex. But what does it matter now when the city is flooded and people are stranded? It matters greatly. We couldn't forget that victims of sex exploitation and trafficking, already traumatized, could literally have been swept away in the flood. 

What about the women in brothels with no identification and already terrorized? Did the pimps ditch them? Who would we find trapped when the waters recede? What about the runaways selling their bodies, the women who don’t own their own phone, the ones who don’t have access to their belongings - who has been there for them? Where are they? We could not forget them. 

Over 80% of homeowners affected by Harvey don't have insurance. Can you imagine losing EVERYTHING? Photos. Antiques. Heirlooms. All gone and thrown out on the lawn with the rotting food and sludge. 

Because of your generosity, we were able to assist three organizations and 20 families with direct and immediate assistance. Those funds went to the purchase of clean up supplies, sheetrock, direct contributions to local organizations, car down payment and numerous gift cards for groceries, gas and clothing. We also participated in 4 weekends of service with several of our team helping families gut their damaged homes.

 

$16,488

Total raised

3

organizations assisted

 

20

directly assisted families

4

weekend work trips

 
 
 

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

 

JSL experienced revenue growth of 7% in 2017 while decreasing our operating expenses by 16%. We accomplished this with intentional evaluation of all budget expenses as well as a decrease in outreach activity in San Antonio. In particular, we were blessed with significant support from individuals, organizations and event driven donations. This allowed us to end the year with an operating profit. We used a significant portion of these profits to invest in future staff positions, much needed office equipment and job creation through Lovely Enterprises.

We are grateful to God and all our partners who helped make our work in 2017 reality. 

REVENUE SOURCES

$535,428

WHERE FUNDS WENT

$499,725

 
 
 

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