When we moved to College Park, we wanted to be involved in our community… making friends, making it more beautiful, making it a better place to live. The first three years we lived here were fun, really fun. But we didn’t feel like we were actually making any kind of lasting difference. After we started going to East Point Church, a friend introduced us to Leroy.
Leroy had the same vision for his community that we had for ours, he was just able to put it into action. When he and his family moved into his Southwest Atlanta neighborhood, they started noticing a lot of girls working street corners. But rather than avoiding the problem or trying to make it simply go away, instead he decided to get to know “the problem”. So now, that girl had a name. And he knew her family. And she became a real person in his life. He and a friend then decided to start grilling out hotdogs in a parking lot in an area where they knew a lot of these girls who were involved in the commercial sex industry frequently congregated. Slowly they began building real and lasting relationships with these people. As these ladies and their stories unfolded and they started realizing their needs and how they could serve them in a real and practical way, Serenity’s Steps was born.
The goal of Serenity’s Steps is to form authentic relationships with these people entangled in the commercial sex industry and provide them every practical way to transition out of that lifestyle. This can mean anything from safe housing, vocational training, or even educating our community on ways they can be of assistance to those people in transition. The average age that these girls enter into prostitution is 14. This means that if they do choose to leave that lifestyle, they’re usually homeless, they have little to no job experience, and no high school diploma. One of the ways that Serenity’s Steps is providing jobs is through That Grace Restored, which is a simply lovely journal making venture.
If you’re into handmade journals, you should definitely check out their Etsy shop… these things are pretty fancy! You can even get in on the action by signing up for their journal making classes called Stitched. In the class, you’ll make one journal for you to take home and one to donate towards their sales. (Girls night out, anybody? I’m all about it.)
One of the things my dashing and wise husband taught me awhile back was “If there’s something you don’t like, quit complaining about it and figure out what you can do to make it better.”
You can check out the event on Facebook (and to invite your friends to come with you… *cough,cough* *nudge, nudge*) and order your tickets online. It’s $20 if you order them online, or $25 at the door. OR, you could enter **OUR GIVEAWAY!!** and score a couple of free tickets!
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Here at YCSWU, we are all about making our community a better place in whatever creative ways we can. Ministries like Serenity’s Steps are SO powerful because these aren’t just “problems in the neighborhood” anymore. These people become part of a family. Things get personal. We don’t always get the opportunities to be the hands and feet of a movement like this, but I can take a night off, buy a ticket, order a drink and LMAO, right?? To really provide the resources these ladies need to change their lives, this ministry needs funding. Let’s really come together on this one and help them out… you with me?
We’ll have all sorts of chuckles and goodies in store for you… Hope to see you guys there!! Oh, and? This is one time you can actually sit with us.