WiM Connection Lunch with Dee Coleman

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Today we had the pleasure of hosting Dee Coleman for our Spring semester WiM Connections Lunch. Dee is the executive director of Samaritan Village, a Christian nonprofit organization based on Orlando that helps women who are transitioning out of situations of sexual abuse and exploitation.

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Samaritan Village began in 2009, and it focuses on two main ministries:

  • Ruth’s House: A ministry safe house for women who have been brought out of the tragedy of sex trafficking and other abuse. The 12-18 month program involves a holistic, Christ-focused, trauma-informed care model to help the women find healing.
  • Transitions: A resale boutique that helps provide finances to run the Village as well as give the ministry an opportunity to educate/inform the local community.

Dee shared about the ministry with around 15-20 RTS women. It is a challenging and sorrowful topic, but it was encouraging to hear about how Christians and churches can get involved. It was also a blessing to hear about Dee’s own story as a woman who is using her gifts to make a kingdom impact in this unique and important way.

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