Religion, Spiritual Development

SCARLET HOPE

We exist to show the hope and love of Jesus to the ladies trapped in the adult entertainment industry.

Louisville, KY

Mission

We exist to show the hope and love of Jesus to the ladies trapped in the adult entertainment industry.

Ruling Year

2017

Founder and Executive Director

Rachelle Starr

Main Address

2305 Sycamore Ave

Louisville, KY 40206 USA

Keywords

Jesus, sex trafficking, Christian, prostitution, strip clubs, massage parlors, strippers, exploitation, human trafficking

EIN

27-0804557

 Number

6808598965

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C.) (X99)

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Programs + Results

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Scarlet Hope exists to show the hope and love of Jesus to women in the adult entertainment industry. Our goal is to help the women who have been exploited in strip-clubs and prostitution by providing an alternative career path through career training and opportunities. We believe that all women are created by God and are worthy of being treated with dignity and respect, but that the adult entertainment industry strips these women of their dignity and intrinsic worth and leaves the woman shamed, hopeless, and exploited with no way of escape. Even though many women in the industry may make good money, they often sell their dignity, self-respect, and worth for that money. We exist to show these women that God loves them and to help them see that there is hope. Due to the underground nature of sex-trafficking, solid statistics are difficult to find. According to the Polaris Project, there have been over 32,000 sex trafficking cases reported to them in the US since 2007.

Our programs

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Career Development Program

Outreach

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Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Scarlet Hope and Scarlet's Bakery exist to provide hope and restore dignity to disenfranchised women in Louisville, KY. Our joint mission is to employ, equip, and empower women who've been exploited in the adult entertainment industry. We strive to provide a structured, Christ-centered work environment where each women in our program can grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. Our end goal is to develop female leaders out of the adult entertainment industry who are not just "survivors", but who are "thrivers" who know their intrinsic worth as image-bearers of God and who are able to lead other women out of a life of exploitation. We aim to rescue, redress, rebuild, and re-energize women out of the sex industry.

We have two main strategies to help us meet our mission to show the hope and love of Jesus to the women in the sex industry: Our Outreach Program and our Discipleship Program. Our outreach program is a staff-organized, volunteer-driven program that reaches out to strippers and prostitutes with meals and resources to let them see, feel, taste, and smell how much God loves them. Our Career Development Program is the main component of our Discipleship Program. Our Career Development Program is an 18-month program that pays $10/hr to for the women to sit in classes designed to help these women be able to rebuild their lives from the ground up. One of the main ways that our CDP helps develop business skills in the women we're serving is by giving teaching them baking skills in Scarlet's Bakery, our social enterprise designed to help fund Scarlet Hope, while also accomplishing our goals of developing female leaders out of the sex industry.

While there are other organizations and resource centers for women who have been abused and exploited, Scarlet Hope is the only non-profit in Kentucky targeting women leaving any area of the adult entertainment industry and/or who have been trafficked. While we aim to raise awareness between the direct link between abusive histories and working in adult entertainment, that only scratches the surface. We believe the population we serve needs a tangible hope--they need to be able to earn a living while growing toward independence. While we provide educational classes and resource referrals for women who walk through our doors (and realize the need for those), our program is heavily focused on career and skills-focused training, primarily through the bakery. We are equipping these women to lead in the workforce to impact this generation and the next in our community. Our staff and volunteers are not only certified where it is required, but are also driven with the heart for our mission.

Simply put...Lives changed. We have several success stories that have been written and many that are still being written. Our success stories include women who have come out of youth prostitution, strip clubs, substance abuse, and prison, but who have been utterly changed by the saving power of Jesus Christ. God is re-writing these women's stories and redeeming their lives out of exploitation. One woman in particular stands out as a success story because she came directly out of a broken home where she was sexually abused as a child, started stripping when she was a teenager, went to jail for substance abuse, and that is when God turned her life around with Scarlet Hope. Now she has been reunited with her loving husband and 2 children, she just graduated from our Career Development Program, she is a manager at our bakery, has been granted a full-ride scholarship to Sullivan Culinary Arts College, and hopes to start her own restaurant in the future. She has been remade.

We have reached thousands of women in the adult entertainment industry with the hope and love of Jesus. Two years (2015) ago we started Scarlet's Bakery as a social enterprise to engage, employ and empower women coming out of the adult entertainment industry. Since that time, we have employed 23 different women and are currently working on expanding our bakery to a second location so that we can employ more women. Our Career Development Program is expanding every 3 months by more women coming out of the industry. Since it has only been a part of our ministry for the last 2 years, we just celebrated our first 2 graduates at the end of September. Our organization has also expanded to 3 other cities (Los Vegas, Reno, and Cincinnati) and hope to expand internationally in the years to come.

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Financials

SCARLET HOPE

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No