In spring of 2009, a growing heart for women in the sex industry was formed in the people of Life Center in Tacoma, Washington. Believing the church was called to engage women from all walks of life we began serving women in local strip clubs with gifts and the simple message that they are loved. We didn’t have any expectations of the night except to love the women with our simple words, smiles, and gifts. That heart hasn’t stopped as we have served month after month since May 2009.
As time progressed our vision began to expand to serve women involved in prostitution. We developed a partnership with the local police department and county jail. Women arrested for prostitution were and currently are given an opportunity to contact our ministry for follow up. Through these connections and other connections in the community, Esteem was available to aid women in restoration by providing relationships with mentors, trained to assist their mentee to pursue engagement in a local church, education, recovery programs, counseling, and whatever other avenues necessary for personal growth.
Our jail team began with four women and over thirty inmates within Pierce County Jail in February of 2010. It was there we were able to sit face to face and share the possibility of life change if they wanted it. Relationships formed and we continue to serve women week after week with a message of hope, grace, and love found in Jesus.
Vision continued to increase as we sensed an unreached group of women and girls on the streets, in hotels, trucks stops, and various other hot spots that prostitution was known to take place. In April of 2013 we began providing meals, hygiene items, and immediate support and services for women working on the streets.
We are passionate about women and girls in the sex industry and will continue to serve them week to week.
We are here to encourage you on your journey no matter where you are at in life!