Since 2010, we’ve served over 450 women from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are one of few organizations providing stabilization for women in crisis.
From her own lived experience in the commercial sex industry, our founder understood how exploitation predisposes women to victimization. A small group of women began delivering gifts to women in strip clubs across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
See the need first-hand, We Are Cherished was incorporated and a weekly peer support group for women in the sex industry was launched. Finally, a safe, nurturing, and non-judgemental environment was available for victims to begin their journey of healing and restoration.
Onto our next stage of growth, we began doing business as Valiant Hearts, celebrating the courage and bravery of the women we serve.
The doors to our emergency shelter were opened to better meet the needs of women while also addressing the community’s lack of housing for adult victims. Our safe house provided 24-48 hours of respite for victims fleeing a trafficker.
Our commitment of serving adult women was refocused, envisioning a world where their lives are changed eternally, igniting hope and transformation in their lives and community.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, 143 women were served, the largest number yet.
We are continuing our mission, expanding our economic empowerment programs. We aim to empower women to overcome the barriers to dignified employment that keep them vulnerable to a life of exploitation. Through an expanded economic empowerment program, survivors will have the tools and resources to develop a customized plan for long-term sustainability and self-sufficiency.
“I’m here because I was called to walk alongside women and support them as they heal and discover everything they were created to be and that they ARE enough.”
Julianne has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling with a concentration on Crisis Response and Trauma. With over four years of experience in residential rehabilitation programming and four years experience in overseas humanitarian aid projects, her aim is to see more women with significant trauma begin their healing journey through applying Psychological First Aid and a crisis stabilization period.
“Each woman I have worked with has left a mark on my life. It is my greatest privilege to sit with them in their moment of severe crisis and very gingerly help them begin the process of starting over. Seeing dignity and value restored makes it all worth it!”
“I felt the need to serve at an organization that was working to better the lives of others. Unfortunately, there is not a ton of awareness and conversation around trafficking/exploitation. Valiant Hearts is trying to change that and make an impact by spreading awareness to our community, which is so valuable.”