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.
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.