1 YEAR and 24 days ago. A collaboration with Southern NH University.

As a newly incorporated organization in the State of NH, at this time last year we felt it was important to do something tangible during the month of designated awareness on the issue of Human Trafficking in the U.S, which is obviously near and dear to our hearts. (Since this event over a year ago, we have gained official NON PROFIT status, and are a recognized 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization in the states of Texas AND now New Hampshire, thanks to the determination and support of our board and community members).

For those of you that may be reading this who don’t know,

JANUARY IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH.

We were overwhelmed with the support of the student leaders that brought us to the SNHU campus. We spent months planning this event and the outcome was really great to see…. here’s a snapshot in words of what it looked like, and some pictures below of planning behind the scenes and the actual event.

January 29th, 2015

Southern New Hampshire University, Walker Auditorium.

  • -45-50 attendees
  • -Sex + Money Documentary viewed.
  • -Cards to survivors made.
  • *Panel Discussion with Q&A Featuring:
  • ^ Lauren Lisembee  (Founder, Survivor, Future Dance Movement Therapist),
  • ^ Melanie  (Survivor, DV/SA Advocate)
  • ^Calyssa (Human Trafficking, Survivor perspective)
  • ^Kitty (Survivor, RN).
  • -SNHU student reps: Lauren MacDonald & Elizabeth Tibbitts
    -M/C: Devin Lisembee
    -SNHU Counselor present at event.

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Event Preparation at a Local Coffee Shop ^

(Melanie.S Pictured)

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Lauren and Melanie Earlier in the week promoting the event in the Student Center.

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Honorary Emcee – Devin Lisembee. Always challenging the men in the room to make double the cards as the women do. He’s great.

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The Panel & Student Leaders. From many different backgrounds, and many different live paths, but now good friends with ONE goal. To break the silence, and take a stand, each in their own way, in the fight against human trafficking.

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(Left) Card made by a student that was sent to a survivor through our partnerships. (Right) View of stage and the Clothesline Project brought by panelist (Melanie S.) Bearing witness to Domestic and Sexual Violence through survivors and those who love them, visual art displayed on t-shirts. Survivors stories.

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^Article Featured in Southern New Hampshire Universities Newspaper titled : The Penmen Press.

& this Press Release (click below) about the event, prior to the event.

Press Release : Click Here.

From Our Hearts to yours,

snhu mel lauren lotusFounder of WOYH Lauren Lisembee (right) and Blogger Melanie S. (Me , Left) holding tight to Lotus necklaces from OneVOICE Enterprises to benefit missions  helping survivors and prevention of human trafficking in Cambodia.

“Growing from the mud, and blooming towards the sky, a LOTUS symbolizes purity, spiritual awakening, revival and fortune”

(http://iamonevoice.org/) SHOUT OUT, to our dear friend, and Freedom Fighter, Nicole Braddock Bromley (you’ll see an event featuring her in a future BLOG post)

Until next time….

STAY TUNED!

Mel♥

WE WELCOME YOU INTO OUR HEARTS.

Just a little bit about us….

Written On Your Heart exists to unite & engage the community to encourage & inspire survivorship.

We make homemade cards to encourage and inspire individuals on their healing journey who are human trafficking survivors.
WOYH started at “A Second Cup” Coffee Shop in Houston, Texas – by a college student (and a friend) with a huge heart, even bigger dreams, a low budget to work with, a pen and some paper.

Basic Information

1. We are a CBO (Community Based Organization) at the moment!
2. We started in September 2012
3. We partner with safe houses/organizations around the country who serve survivors of human trafficking.
**4. We are CURRENTLY in the process of becomming a 501c3 organization.**
Current Partnerships —> Shieldbearers Counseling Centers (Texas), Restore Innocence (Colorado) , Dawn’s Place (Pennsylvania) , Amirah Inc. (Boston), Bakhita House (Massachusetts), Bags of Hope Ministries (Saugus) , Freedom Place, Traffick911, Chrysalis Mentoring, Redeemed Ministries, and we have also delivered cards to an NGO in Azerbaijan (near Russia).
Pending Partnerships —> Home of Hope (Texas), Thrive (New England), Gracehaven House (Ohio), Lily Pad Haven (North Carolina).
What You Can Do Now?
1. Donate in-kind materials (card supplies):
scrap-booking paper, scissors, glue, pens, sharpies).
2. Get a group together to make cards and send them to us to deliver.
3. Let us know about other organizations that house survivors of trafficking (shelters or refuges).
*We want to use RECYCLED paper and products as much as possible to make our cards with!*

Check out our Facebook page and updates for updates and events as we plan them!

https://www.facebook.com/writtenonyourheart

http://writtenonyourheart.org/

and our pinterest, instagram and twitter just for fun!

https://www.pinterest.com/woyhm/

Twitter: @wonyourheart &&  Instagram : @writtenonyourheart_ministries

 mission
….with freedom & LOVE…
-Mel ♥

New Event! Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

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Where?
The Montrose Center
401 Branard St., 2nd Floor, Houston, Texas 77006

When?
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

What?
Come hang out and make cards with us!

We are hosting our second annual card making event on May 31st. This is a time when we come together for a few hours to make homemade, handwritten cards with words of encouragement and inspiration for human trafficking (modern-day slavery) victims and survivors currently residing in safe houses and shelters. According to staff and volunteers, there are positive responses from the recipients, so we want to continue to help encourage and uplift in any way we can. We collaborate with Written on Your Heart- Houston, who will deliver the cards.

Additionally, we will collect monetary donations for the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC), an organization seeking to prevent modern-day slavery through education, training, and community empowerment. Monies collected from the event will go directly to this organization.

We will provide the supplies needed to create the cards. Feel free to bring any other supplies you want to use to spark your creativity. There will be refreshments served and we will provide information related to human
trafficking.