Emerge is an exciting ministry that extends hope and dignity to women working in the adult entertainment industry. The Emerge outreach began with a simple idea of elevating and empowering women and shattering mindsets.
According to studies, women in the sex industry often wrestle with addictions, abuse, and PTSD at a higher rate than ladies in other sectors. The Emerge Ladies seek to offer hope and viable options for those who are struggling. We help many find detox, rehab, safe homes or mental health counseling.
The first outreach launched on Mother’s Day 2012 with three team members and a handful of gift bags. Since then, we have significantly heightened our impact. Each year we give away nearly 4,000 gift bags and cases of resources.
In 2016, Emerge added a prison ministry that communicates with many women in prison and provides an outstanding amount of free resources to inmates in several states.
“You will never find a higher concentration of women who need help.” – Strip Club Manager
“The life of the club is hard! It’s always a bunch of secrets, and you can’t talk about it. I just think it’s great that you are so supportive of us and I want to say thank you.”
“Emerge is a powerful voice of encouragement, support, and hope for all women of the industry. Kelly and the Emerge Team have shown me endless amounts of love and kindness.”
“I am not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination, but the God Emerge serves is a God of love.”
“The industry told me lies, gave me a false sense of self, and has made me believe that this is all I am worth. The ladies from Emerge have restored the truth in me! Sometimes all it takes is a small reminder to know your value. Thank you Emerge for reminding an exotic dancer of her value. Love you!”
“Emerge has never given up on me. I have been through a lot of ups and downs for the past few years and Emerge has been there for me through them all. They have never given up on me. I am grateful to have them in my life. They care for me as a person and have truly taken the time out to show me.”
“I just want to express my thanks for the Inspirational Book “SHINE.” It is so nice to know people are thinking about us here in prison and that we are not alone.”
“Today I was blessed with the book SHINE in prison. I want you to know how touched I was to know you thought of us.”
“Thank you for taking the time out to pray and send us books. I truly appreciate it. It’s nice to know that people we don’t even know are praying for us. What a blessing!”