The Mission & Vision
Our mission is to affirm hope and restore positive futures to survivors of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking by providing a faith-based, trauma-informed approach to serving women through direct services and the coordination of community resources.
Our vision is to provide wrap-around support for every woman who has survived sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. We believe we can create a world where every survivor is surrounded by an educated community, knowledgeable service providers, and safe housing options.
Lavished Ministries strives to create a bridge between the church and sexually oriented businesses. The foundation of our outreach is building authentic relationships. Groups of female volunteers visit sexually-oriented businesses regularly. Through consistent visits, we build relationships with the entertainers and staff. Sexually oriented businesses can include strip clubs, adult stores, erotic massage parlors, and escort agencies. Volunteers bring gifts, encouragement, and the simple message that we see, value, and love you.
Lavished reaches over 100 individuals monthly through outreach. Since 2014 Lavished has made over 15,000 points of contact with individuals impacted by the commercial sex industry. Through compassion, empathy, and understanding, Lavished Ministries continues to develop a strong reputation and meaningful personal relationships with adult entertainers and others involved in the adult industry.
Lavished Ministries provides education and training to churches, businesses, schools, law enforcement, civic groups, organizations, and members of the general public on spotting the signs of human trafficking. If you would like to invite a speaker to your next event, please contact us.
In addition to outreach, we work through referrals. Referrals for our services come from other organizations (NGOs and GFOs), churches, law enforcement, and the general public. Through outreach and referrals, many women come to see the Lavished Ministries team as their healthy and stable support system.
The Dream Program is a transformative, 16-week Lavished Ministries mentoring program for survivors of sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. The Dream Program encourages those ages 18 and older who are victims of sexual exploitation or sex trafficking to dream BIG for their lives! Woman in our weekly, 1-on-1 mentoring sessions participate in goal-setting to establish accountability as they positively progress though their lives. Mentoring sessions can include topics such as: codependent behaviors, red-flag indicators, healthy boundaries, and life-skill development. Learn more about The Dream Program here.
Lavished provides a faith-based, survivor-led atmosphere for survivors of sex trafficking or sexual exploitation. We offer spiritual and emotional support through our survivor advocates who have lived experience of being in the sex industry and/or being trafficked. Our team provides mentoring, case management, encouragement, and a listening ear. We invite women to share their stories and current struggles over a cup of coffee, dinner, or by visiting our office. Our mentorship program helps women rediscover themselves and dream of new futures.
Survivor’s Circle is a Lavished Ministries support group for survivors of sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. Survivor’s Circle is for women who are 18 years or older and have been out of “the life” for a minimum of 4 months. Learn more about Survivor’s Circle here.
Our goal is to empower every woman who walks through our doors and to transition women from “survivor” to “thriver.” We offer in-person and web-based support groups. Our groups encourage women to stay strong and keep working towards the futures they envision for themselves. We welcome women to come for dinner and Bible studies. We also celebrate special life events such as birthdays, work promotions, and academic achievements. We aim to help women learn and grow in their faith and develop healthy interpersonal relationships. As women start a new chapter in their story, Lavished Ministries remains a safe place for peer support and community.
We can provide emergency assistance and meet immediate tangible needs in times of crisis. Emergency assistance can include food, clothing, hygiene, and finding safe shelter. Lavished Ministries also offers emergency relocation assistance to survivors of sex trafficking or sexual exploitation. We work and refer to a vast network of other service providers to offer the best-individualized care.