Quarterly Reach – Newsletter 2018 Vol. 4

FOUNDER’S MESSAGE

It is that time of year where we at Without Permission reflect back through the journey of hope we have traveled in 2018, and we have much to be grateful for! Glory to God in the highest as we have continued to bring Jesus to answer the cry of those who have suffered at the hands of sex traffickers. Through revelation, sheer determination, and an amazingly supportive community, Without Permission survivors and their families are prevailing over fear, despair and shame.

We continue to spend our days in this battle in courtrooms, living rooms, coffee shops, and schools fighting hard to regain freedom for those imprisoned in sex trafficking and to prevent a new generation from becoming victims.

 

Because He Lives,

Debbie Johnson

CEO and Founder

 

 

Quarterly Reach Newsletter 2018 Vol. 3

Volunteers praying with Debbie before the Community Brunch.

FOUNDER'S MESSAGE

In one of A.W. Tozer’s writings titled The Importance of Direction he said, “If we should seem at times to be a bit slow, let it be remembered that we do know the direction we are called to go, and as long as we have followed the original urge we have been blessed with success beyond our best expectation.”

Have you ever struggled with slow beginnings? Have you ever wondered “how is this ‘thing’ ever going to make a difference in my city?” Have you ever thought “am I still doing what I dreamed of doing?” Well I have. Over the years, I have had many conflicting thoughts and moments in the building of Without Permission. I have however, never questioned the heart of God to call me to such a work for His kingdom. As God has woven together the ministry and reach of our great team, I am encouraged with the pace He has moved us. As the days have turned to years, I see the wisdom of His timing and the team’s response to human trafficking. I am reminded that all the work to bring victims and families to hope and healing comes through people, people with lives, families, needs, struggles and disappointments, too. 

I share this thought with you to say how great it is to be part of this journey with you all. We are making a difference, and we intend to be here for a long time. Your commitment over the past 8 years to volunteer, give, serve and sacrifice have been an encouragement to me to keep believing in the call of God to end the culture of human trafficking here at home. Your investment in WP no matter how small or great has kept a slow, steady, faithful, intentional, local response to the victims and the families of sex trafficking. Remember “we do know the direction we are called to go, and as long as we have followed the original urge we have been blessed with success beyond our best expectation.”

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Zech. 4:10

Because He Lives, 

Debbie Johnson

CEO and Founder

 

Quarterly Reach – Newsletter 2018 Vol 2 – June 2018


Photo Credit Modesto Bee

FOUNDER’S MESSAGE

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “For everything under heaven there is a season.”

I can recall praying and asking God to give me proof of human trafficking here in Modesto. People want proof. God answered my prayer, and I sat in my church office with an 18-year-old young woman who, the night prior, had been beaten up at a hotel on McHenry Avenue by her pimp. Her PIMP, who she had met for the first time walking down 10th Street while doing some personal business.

I have asked God to send laborers to fund and remodel the Just His House and He answered. God supplied nearly $38,000 and 40 volunteers back in October of 2014, and we transformed the run-down building. Now, weekly at JHH we provide survivors and parents love, life skills, Bible study, counseling and so much more.

I share this to say in the season of Without Permission, God has been faithful every time. As I sense the shifting of the Lord in preparation for a new season at WP, I can only say, “not my will but your will be done.” It is my prayer that in each season of Without Permission, Jesus is glorified, darkness is exposed and love never fails!

I am filled with gratitude today and every day for the WP team. Be sure and read up about the Community Brunch fundraiser on September 23rd in this newsletter. I hope to see you there.

Because He Lives,

Debbie Johnson

Founder and CEO

Quarterly Reach Vol 1 – March 2018

Founder’s Message

It is the end of first quarter here at WP and we have not blinked since the State Theater “Priceless” event for national human trafficking awareness month.  The team of staff and volunteers are so committed to bringing sex trafficking to an end that they have worked  to near exhaustion. In the past 3 months…

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#iamchange Freedom Walk

Thank you to the Modesto Bee for highlighting this event! Click here to Read the Modesto Bee Article    #iamchange MEN’S MOVEMENT exists to mobilize the MEN of the community in the sex trafficking battle as collaborative partners in bringing awareness to all in hopes for significant change. The #iamchange Freedom Walk is the first event in this…

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April 11th, 2018 – FREE TRAINING

JOIN US APRIL 11th FOR THIS POWERFUL TRAINING Admission is Free, Lunch is included   Co-sponsored by Stanislaus County Community Services Agency and Without Permission

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Volunteer Appreciation

On Saturday March 24th, we gathered our Volunteer Team together to celebrate Easter and learn about our upcoming events. It was a wonderful time with a great group of dedicated volunteers! If you’ve been thinking about become involved, NOW IS THE TIME! Click below to fill out a volunteer application and begin the process of…

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Ensure that Without Permission continues to be a force for justice in 2018

DONATE TODAY www.withoutpermission.org/donation   OUR MISSION: Without Permission exists to lead the church and community into the battle that will end sex trafficking. OUR VISION: Through collaborative partnerships in the Central Valley and across the nation, Without Permission confronts the culture that promotes sex trafficking. We restore the victimized, educate our youth to prevent victimization, and attack…

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Quarterly Reach Volume 4 – December 2017

A Place of Refuge

In 2017, WP Parent Partnership participants have become volunteers, speakers and mentors in the community. Our Restoration Department has grown to five staff members due to our impact in the Valley. Just His House hosted survivors or their parents every week of 2017. Let the words of those who are being blessed by your investment in…

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Prevention Awareness Training

In campuses all over Modesto, we are bringing sex trafficking prevention education to your students. More than 800 students have already been resourced this 2017 school year and we will continue to reach more kids in 2018. Presentations are led by a Survivor Leader, who was trafficked in Modesto and shares parts of her own…

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January 7th: Church Awareness Day. Eleven partner churches around the Valley will be sharing how they are partnering with WP in 2018, beginning with National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th. If your church would like to partner with us, please call the WP office at (209) 622-0156. January 11th: Movie Night at the State…

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2018 Benefit Gala

Join us for Without Permission’s  6th Annual Benefit Gala Friday, February 9th, 2018 Festivities to begin at 6 pm At the Martin G. Petersen Event Center in Modesto Tickets Available Now We’ve sold out the last few years and expect to do so again. Get your tickets early to be sure you can join us…

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Get Involved

OUR MISSION: Without Permission exists to lead the church and community into the battle that will end sex trafficking. OUR VISION:  Through collaborative partnerships in the Central Valley and across the nation, Without Permission confronts the culture that promotes sex trafficking. We restore the victimized, educate our youth to prevent victimization, and attack the lies that…

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Quarterly Reach Volume 3 – September 2017

Founder’s Message

Dear Friends and Family of Without Permission, Every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity here at Without Permission. We are growing tremendously to meet the needs of our local survivors and the prevention needs of our community. We have a great group of staff and volunteers who are meeting the challenge with…

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Back To School 2018 – Trafficking Prevention

  Modesto Police Department highlights trafficking prevention for local youth Our thanks to Detective Steve Anderson and Modesto Police Department, for sponsoring this educational video for parents with our own Debbie Johnson. Feel free to share with other parents – this is important information that you don’t want to miss.   Kudos to Modesto City Schools, Ceres…

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WP In Action

      Patterson Block Party In August the town of Patterson hosted a back to school Block Party. We had a booth, and provided prevention awareness to kids and families from all over Patterson. Thank you to the volunteers who staffed this information booth, and our Spanish language translator for attending and making sure…

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Partner Spotlights

Donor Spotlight   The M360 cycling fundraiser wrapped up in August with a final total of $55,636.40 raised to help Without Permission fight human trafficking locally, and support victims as they heal. We can’t thank you enough, Horizon Community Church and the M360 Cycling Club, for all that you have done to advance this work!!   We…

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Get Involved at Without Permission

Join the fight to #endtheHTculture: WORKPLACE GIVING October is workplace giving month. Many employers provide the opportunity to give through payroll deductions, as they endeavor to use the power of the workforce to support good projects in their communities. In fact, Microsoft matches all donations made throughout the month of October by their employees. Kaiser’s…

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Save the Date – Feb 9th

Save the Date! Without Permission’s Annual Benefit Dinner will be held on Friday February 9th. Save the Date and join us for another unforgettable night of food, prizes and fun while we recap the work of 2017 and look ahead to our 2018 goals!

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Quarterly Reach Volume 2 – June 2017

Founder’s Message

WP Named California Non-Profit of the Year for District 12 Yes it is true; the team at Without Permission has been honored this week with Non Profit of the Year 2017 District 12.  We are blessed to serve in the Valley and partner with the agencies we do. A big thank you to Assemblyman Heath…

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Mission… NOT Impossible!

It’s almost time! The ride starts July 15th. Show your support for Team Johnson and encourage them as they train to become athletes and cyclists who can ride 360 miles in 6 days! All proceeds go to Without Permission. Donate to the Team   “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down…

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Your Impact – Financial and Program Statistics

The Lord has done awesome things with your donations. The links below contain information about where Without Permission’s funding comes from, how we use it, and who we are helping. Thank you for your continued dedication and support!   2016 Revenue and Expenditures   2016 Program Reports  

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WP In Action

    Join us in welcoming Kassy McKee, our new Campus Educator. She will be handling our Prevention Education program at local junior high and high schools for 2017-18. This important program reaches hundreds of kids every year:   …“No one ever deserves to be treated this way.” …“We should try our hardest to put…

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Partner Spotlights

Donor Spotlight Thank you to our dedicated Corporate Donor, Nightingale Coffee & Tea for regularly supporting the work of Without Permission financially and for donating your coffee and tea services at our fundraising events!     “We’re committed to fight for and support victims of abuse and exploitation one excellent cup of coffee at a time.”       You can find them…

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Get Involved at Without Permission

Join the fight to #endtheHTculture:         HOST A DOCUMENTARY MOVIE NIGHT The movies “I am Jane Doe” and “Tricked” are available on Netflix. Pick up some educational materials from us, invite some friends over, and educate your circle of influence about human trafficking: what it is, how it can happen to anyone,…

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Quarterly Reach Volume 1 – March 2017

2017 Nonprofit of the Year

The 2nd Annual California Nonprofits Day was held on June 28, 2017. Nearly 100 California nonprofit organizations from around the state that have been selected by legislators as their Nonprofits of the Year were be recognized at a luncheon event at the Sacramento Convention Center. Without Permission Inc. was selected by Assemblyman Heath Flora of…

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Founder’s Message

  Dear WP Family and Friends, What a wonderful year it has been. Wait, it has been 3 months and we have not touched the ground yet. I say Glory to God in the Highest. I am excited to share our first “Quarterly Reach” with you. Let me say a big thank you to Katherine,…

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SB1322 : Commercial Sex Acts and Children

 New California Law SB1322: Commercial Sex Acts and Children In January, SB 1322 went into effect. This controversial bill changed the way minors involved in trafficking are treated under the law. Selling or buying a minor for sex is still illegal, but the children being sold are no longer committing a crime. There was a lot…

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2017 Benefit Dinner Recap

Without Permission Celebrates 6 Years of Serving the Central Valley Held on February 3rd, 2017 at the Martin G. Petersen Center, Without Permission’s 5th Annual Benefit Dinner was ‘an evening in the French Quarter’ complete with jazz band, photo booth, espresso bar by Nightingale Coffee and a delicious dinner catered by Surla’s. Silent auction items…

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Partner Spotlights

Donor Spotlight:     Thank you to One Church Bethel for partnering with WP through the Kingdom Builders campaign. Pastors Marcia and Kyle Bethke, and the One Church family: We are grateful for your support and your pledge to continue raising funds for the fight against human trafficking!   Partner Spotlight: Thank you to Get Fit Modesto…

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WP In Action

  Without Permission, in partnership with Stanislaus CSA, hosted a community-wide free training event on March 1st  at the Seasons McHenry Event Center. Over 200 residents, educators and local social services workers registered. They spent the day learning from the FBI and other local resources about the issue of human trafficking in the Central Valley,…

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Get Involved at Without Permission

Join the fight to #endtheHTculture:   DONATE GIFT CARDS  We always have a need for $25 gift cards to Target and Winco. Trafficking victims frequently come to us without appropriate clothing or food resources. This is one way you can provide them direct support.     CERTIFIED NAVIGATORS     We currently have a need…

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