When people understand and have empathy, maybe they will donate to the countless organizations that are trying to help people like Brittany, and maybe they will support everyone having a living wage.… Read More Why “Get a Job” Is Not the Answer
by Sandra Ferrell, Executive Director The second part of the story about why we do what we do the way we do it …… Art is meaningful to us based on our experiences. We can appreciate any beautiful art that we see. Then if we resonate with it, it takes on new meaning. This piece… Read More Our Story – Part 2
by Sandra Ferrell, Executive Director I want to tell a story for those of you who haven’t been with us for long. I’ll post pieces over the next few days to let you know why we do what we do in the way we do it. Here is a work of art by Chere Labbe… Read More Our Story – Part 1
Our work doesn’t end until each of the women we serve is able to pursue the life she wants to live and not the life that her circumstances have forced her to live. For us, that is the ultimate success.… Read More Defining Success
We are extremely grateful to all of you who “get” what we are doing and why we do it. Donors continue to shower us with food and supplies, and volunteers not only help distribute the items to our women, but stay for a while to offer a smile and a listening ear. But not everyone… Read More Why Don’t They Just Do Better?
Every Thursday evening, rain or shine, our Survivor Advocate, Trisha Henderson, and at least one other member of the Lisieux Community (usually our Executive Director, Sandra Ferrell) meet with the women who are willing to be served by Lisieux. We’ve told you in the past about the blessings that our representatives bring with them through… Read More A Glimpse of Life on the Streets
One hymn that has stuck with me from my Baptist childhood is “Rescue the Perishing.” I wasn’t sure what the word “perishing” meant, but since the song went on to say, “care for the dying,” I figured it couldn’t possibly be good. My seven-year-old self sang this song at the top of my lungs without… Read More Rescue the Perishing
We’ve recently shared photos on Facebook of the beautiful bedroom makeovers that some of our generous supporters provided this summer. Having lovely things in a neat and orderly environment is important for our residents. It shows them that they are important and treasured, that they are loved with no strings attached. It shows them that… Read More Completing the Picture
In my research for educational material to post to Facebook and Twitter over the past few weeks, I’ve located information about countless organizations throughout the world that work to eradicate human trafficking. These organizations operate at the local, regional, national, and international levels to identify and arrest traffickers, to support survivors and their families, and… Read More On the Feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux
Walk down any street in Memphis proper and you will see it—women walking on the street. Sometimes there will be a “come hither” look as she asks someone to stop and pay attention. Sometimes there is a confident stride—purse slung over her shoulder, moving at a fast clip—she has just made some money and is… Read More What is Trafficking?