Rescued & Redeemed
Sacred Beginnings is uniquely equipped to reach and rescue women enslaved in exploitation/trafficking because:
We are survivor-led.
Our team earns trust because we know what it's like to live in fear and without hope.
We reach victims where they are at.
Our team braves the street corners, alleys, and motels of our city to bring light to the dark.
- We are leading change.
Sacred Beginnings is a sought-after partner for government agencies, legislators, law enforcement, and health care professionals.
SACRED BEGINNINGS HAS REACHED MORE THAN 500 VICTIMS THROUGH:
Leslie and our team of Survivor Sisters hit the streets of Grand Rapids three times a week—rain or shine—searching for women trapped in exploitation and prostitution. During these outreach efforts, our team:
Distributes Blessed Bags filled with personal care items, Scripture, food, and water.
Hands out contact cards with Leslie’s personal number to call when they’re ready to leave the streets.
Prays with each woman.
24-HOUR VICTIM ADVOCACY CENTER
Opening soon, Sacred Beginnings 24-hour Victim Advocacy Center is a lifeline for women in our community. Staffed 24-hours a day by trained survivors, the Victim Advocacy Center provides exploited women quick and safe access to critical services and emotional support.
DETOX & REHAB
+ RELAPSE PREVENTION
+ TRAUMA COUNSELING
+ MEDICAL CARE
+ TRANSITIONAL HOME
+ VICTIM ADVOCACY
+ RESIDENTIAL/TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM
+ EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL SUPPORT
LAW ENFORCEMENT referral
We also receive referrals from law enforcement and healthcare professionals. Sacred Beginnings is a trusted partner because of our experience and effectiveness.
Rescued from the street, victims move to Sacred Beginnings’ transition home. Since 2005, Sacred Beginnings has served 500 women and we currently house 8 women in our Grand Rapids location. It’s led and staffed by survivors, providing a safe place to heal—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Our holistic approach includes:
+ Detox through partnering organizations
+ Trauma counseling with certified social workers
+ One-on-one peer mentoring with a fellow survivor
+ Group therapy
+ Life skills coaching
+ Optional Bible study and spiritual discipleship
+ Education and career counseling
I walked through the doors of the Sacred Beginnings alone and afraid—and with six months to live. Six years later, I am clean. I am alive. And I am at peace.
How I wish that other women that I have known that have succumbed to the depths addiction and illness could have found this before the end—and not have died hopeless and alone!
Thank you to my Heavenly Father and to Miss Leslie for loving me when I didn’t and couldn’t love myself.