Tirzah Apple Valley
We are advocates for Tirzah International and their work “Investing in women who are changing their world”. We do this by:
Meeting once a month to review Tirzah work being done around the world
Praying for all leaders within the organization and our regional leaders globally
Raising awareness in our community about Tirzah
Supporting the organization monetarily by having fundraisers
We also strive to be informed about local charities, especially when they pertain to helping women overcome oppression and violence.
Ideas for 2019:
Write to our Tirzah regional leaders quarterly
Focus on helping a specific local charity
Do a raffle for an African/American quilt that Annie will design
Sell items that the Tirzah Kenya/Ethiopia team can bring back
Hold a fundraiser through a local restaurant where part of the sales on a certain date, for those with a special flyer, would go to Tirzah
Saturday, November 9th at
8 am - 3 pm
<— See flyer at left!
Girls Day In. We had a lot of fun getting items ready for the Quilt Show. We prepared and priced book covers, tote bag, star ornaments, jewelry and coffee for the sale. We will even have some quilts made by Annie! We ate sack lunches in between, donating our “eating out” funds to Tirzah as a way to celebrate Day of the Girl. We prayed for several chapter members and Tirzah leaders needing help right now. We did sign-ups for working at the Quilt Show, and discussed details for our booth. Stay tuned for how it goes!
We watched a webinar “Mental Health Concepts and Trafficking: Fundamentals for Justice Professionals to Understand” . It was very informative as to the effects on a victim of trafficking, and their family, We learned the brain is actually changed when there is a trauma like this, and how we can help ourselves and others during and after the crisis.
Our May speaker returned, Kara Rooney, the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Open Door. She helped us learn about the despicable world of human trafficking right here in our own backyard. More on this program here.
Yesterday we got to hear the shocking facts about the prevalence of human trafficking in the high desert, our county and state. Driving down a section of 7th Street in Victorville will never be the same for me as this is a “mini blade”. We learned many facts including the use of social media to “romance” our children and grandchildren. This is a video made by a survivor. This is a difficult subject but a reality we need to face. It is one thing to hear about it in many of the developing countries where Tirzah works, but another when it is so close to home. Unfortunately it is a global problem with many innocent victims. I’m so glad we support Tirzah where I know victims are being helped around the world. The Open Door gives us a chance to help locally too. They are doing a wonderful work in the high desert. They provide hope, where some of the stories are gut-wrenching and often seem hopeless. Thank you to all of you that came. Kara Rooney, the presenter, was encouraged by our support and suggestions. If you would like to support The Open Door, you can make a check out to Family Assistance Program, put “The Open Door” in the memo field. Send it to family Assistance Program at 813 N. D Street, San Bernardino CA 92401. If you have questions or know someone who needs help, call their hotline 909-333-7476.
We toured Our Children Project. They have a therapy program for children and families recovering from sexual abuse. Despite the fact that sexual abuse is a much larger problem than we realize, this is the ONLY program like it in San Bernardino County. Spread the word about this ministry! More on their program here.
Speaker was Kara Rooney of The Open Door, part of Family Assistance Program. They provide case management and support to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. They get referrals from Public Defenders, District Attorneys, and the California Department of Probation. They have a near 100% success rate with those they continue working with. Clients are housed at both adult and youth shelters and they provide a safe home for sexually exploited children.
Speaker was Jimmy Waldron of High Desert Homeless Services. They assist homeless who have been displaced from long-term housing due to natural disaster or loss of income and empower homeless men, women and children by providing the necessary skills to become self-sufficient. We had a TP drive – lots of rolls of TP for HDHS.