About Valiant Hearts

Helping women experience true freedom by providing a way out

Valiant Hearts exists to heal, restore, and empower sexually exploited women through compassionate and customized care.
We envision a world where women’s lives are changed eternally, igniting hope and transformation in their families and communities. We do this through outreach, emergency housing, support groups, customized care, economic empowerment, education, and advocacy.

Born from a passion to restore dignity and value

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.

2010

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. 

2011

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. 

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2016

2017

Onto our next stage of growth, we began doing business as Valiant Hearts, celebrating the courage and bravery of the women we serve.

2018

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.

2019

2020

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.

2021

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.

Meet the Team

Da'Shonda Parks

Acting Executive Director

Emily Chavez

Client Services Manager

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 Ging

Assistant Housing Director

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!” 

Leanna Kindred

Senior Residential Care Provider

Nancy Kirby

finance Director

“During the time that I have been involved with this ministry, it has been a privilege and joy to see God at work to radically transform lives! We have seen Him bring hope, identity, and purpose to many, which will have a generational effect. We are thankful for God’s provision for Valiant Hearts to play a part to bring healing and restoration to exploited women.”

Janet Lovrien

Program Coordinator

“Watching one soul find freedom and healing is priceless. In my 10 years at Valiant Hearts, I have had the privilege of journeying with many ladies as they seek restoration from exploitation. I am grateful, it fills my heart, and I look forward to many more stories of healing in the years to come.”

Erica Barnett

Development & Communications Coordinator

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.”