Thanks to EVERYONE who joined us at our 4th Annual Bring an Item – Fill a Bag Event, it was a great success!
Because of the generosity of so many people, we stuffed 275 Bags of Hope!!
List of Current Needs for the Bags:
Toothpaste &Tooth Brush
12 oz Conditioner & 12 oz Shampoo
Small bag of Trail Mix
Small package of baby wipes
Hair Brush & or Elastics
Winter hat, gloves, scarf
Bar of Soap
$5 Dunkin Donut gift cards
Notes of encouragement
*All items MUST be NEW & FULL Size*
Bags of Hope is an outreach ministry out of the Emmanuel Gospel Center that Jasmine founded as a way to reach out in a practical way to women living on the streets or in programs throughout the Boston area. In collaboration with programs serving women affected by trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness, Bags of Hope Ministries is driven by the community. Many different groups of people are donating the items, filling the bags and handing them out! By doing this we let the women know there is a better way, they are treasured, loved by Jesus, and that we are here to help.
Our goal is to bring awareness as well as provide basic needs to these women. What many do not know is that homeless women are not just victims of poor decisions but often times are victims of unforeseen circumstances. Many have been traumatized, victimized and suffer from untreated mental illness and substance abuse. There are resource cards in every Bag to let them know, there is another way. And that they can have Hope because, if Jasmine can make it off the streets and find a New Life – So can they.
As the saying goes.. “Many hands make light work.” This is true because of the generosity within the community, schools, churches and other groups – As they have donated and filled over 4,000 bags!
Meet our Team:
Anita has been in recovery from drug addiction and sexual brokenness for 6 years. She is passionate about helping women who are currently struggling with similar issues. She is very familiar with the shame that comes with leaving that life behind, but she has found freedom in the risen Christ and loves to share that hope with the women she walks alongside. In her professional career, Anita is a Certified Addictions Recovery Coach. She works with both men and women that are in substance abuse treatment through Bridgewell in Lynn, MA , she also works for PAARI/Americorp as a Recovery Coach along side the East Boston Police Department. and finally she is the Ministry Coordinator and Mentor for Bags of Hope Ministries.
If you would like to donate items, host a BOH event or have Anita come speak at your event, You can reach her at – email@example.com
Chelsey is a survivor of domestic sex trafficking and a recovering heroin addict. She fled her trafficker in March of 2011 and has been in recovery from substance abuse since 2016. She went from victim to survivor when she found Jesus at the Salvation Army drug rehabilitation center. Chelsey knows what it is like to leave the guilt and shame behind and is passionate about helping other women do the same. She is using her story of victory to give others hope and bring awareness about this current epidemic in our communities. She currently manages a faith based sober home for women in Lynn, MA and also works at a homeless shelter as a case manager for men and women who are struggling with addiction, mental illness and homelessness. Lastly and most importantly, a little 5 year old boy calls her mom.
If you would like to have Chelsey share her powerful testimony at your event.
Email our coordinator : firstname.lastname@example.org
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