October 30, 2012
Beauty From Ashes, Julie Shematz and Christa Hicks are truly a blessing from God himself. The Fort Myers area had been continuously plagued by much turmoil and was in dire need of the services that this organization provides. Our revolutionary leader, Mrs. Shematz has been one of the pioneers in the human trafficking movement in Southwest Florida. I have never been a part of such a driven and multifaceted environment that thoroughly and whole-heartedly works to assist and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, commercialized sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. Christa does an amazing job of working to restore our victims on many levels in addition to linking them with numerous other resources across the United States. Julie is constantly planning for further developments in programs, evidence based therapeutic practices, and outreach on a grand scale. Christa and Julie truly work harder than any other individuals I have witnessed in the human services professions. I am so blessed to have been a part of this organization as we continue to reach and empower many more clients that are in need of our services. I will continue to provide testimony to all emanating the numbers of women that have and are beginning to discover their true purposes in life that God had intended for them to lead. There are clients that are now leading healthy and prosperous lives because of such efforts from Beauty From Ashes. For an organization to be successful it requires dedication by those who run it, but this organization is GREAT because of such devotion proven from all who work for this wonderful organization.
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