Bags of Hope


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: 

Women’s socks


Toothpaste &Tooth Brush

12 oz Conditioner & 12 oz Shampoo

Small bag of Trail Mix


Nail Polish

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*

General Info:

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 –


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.
mail our coordinator : 


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  6. Sherri Prouty says:

    I am emailing Diane now with details – Their church has already filled and given 25 bags to a treatment center in PA!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. Wendy Tennessen says:

    Hi, Soooo GLAD that you are still doing what you do best. Giving out what you have to those that need you. I say this due to there is another organization with the same name and I was seriously bummed if you were no longer. Many blessings to you and ALL your family and volunteers.


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  9. Ellen Saley says:

    Wow. I just read your story in the Herald. What a wonderful way to give back…Bags of Hope – I am amazed by Jasmine and I will do everything I can to help. You are an amazing person. Thank you for giving back. Too many takers in this world and YOU turned it around. God bless you darlin’. From Ellen ❤


  10. Sue Biasizzo says:

    Dear Jasmine,
    I just read your story in the Needham Times. You and other survivors are such courageous people! Thank you for what you continue to do!

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  12. Mary Cochrane says:

    I listened to Jasmine speak at the law school in Dartmouth last week. I was profoundly impacted by her story. As a mother, a Christian and substance abuse clinician, I feel God leading me to get involved. Please contact me to know how I can best help


  13. Sarah Fontaine says:

    Hi Jasmine! I would love to get contact with you regarding collecting care items for Bags of Hope and also the possibility of having you as a guest speaker at an awareness event in Springfield, MA. My email is


  14. Big THANK YOU to Anita and Chelsea for coming out today to share their stories of survival and hope AND the great bags donate! They are much appreciate! The world is a better place because of your generosity and kindness. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future.

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