Monday, March 31, 2014

AWO Report Card - 2008

Overseen by Program Director Carol Wiley, CCV's A Way Out Program is the only program in Memphis whose purpose is to assist women to permanently leave the sex-for-sale industry, namely topless clubs and prostitution, and restore them and their children to a life of health and wholeness using a comprehensive individualized methodology.
  • AWO won the Acton Institute's 2008 Samaritan Award out of 312 organizations that applied. AWO was awarded $10,000 and was featured in World Magazine for the fourth time. 
  • AWO was honored by the Shelby County Commission with a resolution for its outreach to women desiring to leave the sexually oriented business and for winning the Samaritan Award. This was sponsored by Mike Carpenter.
  • AWO helped 43 women and their 17 children in varying degrees in 2008. AWO closed out the year with 9 women and 17 kids active in the program. In addition one grandchild was also helped.
  • Every woman applying for services was told about God's love and saving grace through Christ. 
  • AWO's Christmas Angel Project was a huge success with an increased number of volunteers. Nine women were able to see their 18 children's smiles on Christmas morning as they opened their gifts.
  • The number of volunteers in AWO serving on the Transportation Committee, the Food Committee, the Clothes Closet Committee, the Prayer Committee, the Christmas Angel Project, the Children's Ministry, leading group studies, ormentoring has grown from 183 to 225.
  • AWO had three interns during 2008 to help with various tasks.
  • All program participants attend weekly Bible study.
  • AWO added a 192 hour Intensive Outpatient Addiction and Life Skills Program to requirements for graduation. Classes include addiction groups and classes dealing with boundaries, sexual addiction, relapse prevention, 12 steps, shame, forgiveness, surviving childhood sexual abuse, parenting, and processing groups.
  • Each woman participated in individual counseling with a licensed professional counselor or psychologist.
  • All clients must pass random drug screens. 
  • One woman has graduated from Cosmetology College and is employed at a prestigious salon named Diva. She will graduate from AWO in 2009.
  • One woman is attending Northwest Mississippi Community College with the goal of becoming a nurse. She has made all A's.
  • Two of the newer women in the program are working on their GEDs.
  • Clothes were provided for the women and children through AWO's Clothes Closet.
  • AWO representatives were privileged to participate at the Mission Conferences and speak to Sunday school classes at Independent Presbyterian, Second Presbyterian, Bellevue Baptist, Kirby Woods Baptist, and Central Church.
  • CCV/AWO was recognized at Diversified Conveyors Inc.'s Missions Dinner.
  • Medical and dental care were provided for the women and children.
  • Partnering with other agencies continued to be a success with our long time partners and we added several Women's Ministries, professional caregivers, attorneys, etc.
  • The AWO DVD was used successfully at speaking engagements to raise funds and recruit volunteers.
  • Two women attended the 8 week Grief Seminar at Central Church.

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