a publication dedicated to the cityâ€™s forgotten, outcasted, and oppressed.
HELP-PORTRAITS saturday, february 24 page 2-3
rain, sleet, or shine Freedom in Worship, a wall-less church page 16
lock your love celebrate Valentineâ€™s Day at Brewed & help women in RISE page 4-5
homeless & joyful the faith of Ginabeth Osgood page 14
sign up @ ccbc.org/helpportraits
24 FEB 2013
time 9 -12 or 1- 4
(sign up for one or both shifts)
place Christ Chapel Bible Church
written by Jeremy Cowart, edited by John Samson
Jeremy Cowart, a Nashville-based photographer, developed a new movement amongst photographers called Help-Portrait as means for photographers to give their time and talent back to the community to create a positive change in peoples lives. The idea was simple. Find people in need, take their portrait and deliver their photos. I found a small group of local people, led by Whitney N. Ward, that had already begun the process of finding a location and setting a date and decided to join their efforts. Whit-
ney contacted the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and they generously allowed us to come to them last Thursday, the day they were serving their annual Christmas meal, and offer portraits to anyone that wanted to participate. At first, I was skeptical about this whole thing. We weren’t offering food, shelter, counseling, or training–so what would a homeless person, who carries everything they own with them every day come away with from a portrait session? After shooting on Thursday, I’ll tell you.
As each person would walk in and take their place in front of the camera, you could see a physical change in the way the person looked, stood, sat, and responded to questions and direction when they stepped onto the seamless. It’s as if, even for just a brief moment, they believed again that they were important. Dignity. That’s what we were giving to these people. The process of us coming to them, setting up, fussing over them, making a big deal about it, looking them in the eye, talking to them, gave them, I believe, a sense of worth, value, and dignity. Our
DIGNITY group took portraits of 131 people, and there were over 4000 photographers world wide that participated. And even more important is that I came away with a deeper understanding of the plight of the people I photographed. Look into the eyes of some of the people I photographed. Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity. For the fourth year in a row this year, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. Help-Portraits is about giving the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not
for photographer portfolios, websites, or for sale. Money is not involved here. This holiday season, they have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together. The mission? The mission at Help-Portrait is simply to equip and mobilize you, the photography community. We want to make sure you have all the information that you need to successful participate in Help-Portrait on, Saturday, 24 February 2013. We want to help you find other people in your area that are wanting to be part of Help-Portrait. Knowing the value that a photo can have in just one person’s life, we want to help you to make a difference and let someone feel valued and let their own unique story be told.
At his core, Jeremy is an artist. Starting out as a painter first, Jeremy fell in love with the creative process. He then went on to study graphic design in college and founded his own graphic design company, Pixelgrazer, in 2001. Jeremy really only began taking pictures to bring texture into his design work. Jeremy then realized that photography was his true passion.
giving photos not taking them
Jeremy also spends his time on community projects, brainstorming innovative ways to use his camera to make an impact. In January 2010, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Jeremy responded with his “Voices of Haiti” photo essay, letting the people of Haiti write their own thoughts and prayers on found rubble. This project was displayed prominently at the entrance of a very important gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in March of 2010. They were meeting to discuss the rebuild of Haiti and they ended up pledging ten billion dollars to the effort. On that day, Jeremy’s “Voices of Haiti” project proved that art can help change the world.
In August of 2011, Jeremy traveled to Rwanda with filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson to document survivors and perpetrators of genocide who have reconciled and are living life together peacefully in the same community. Inspired by the “Voices of Haiti” photo essay, the portraits in this series captured genocide survivors standing with the killers of their families, who they’ve now forgiven. Many of the portraits were captured at the scene of the crime to help display the power of true forgiveness. The series ended up being featured worldwide on CNN.
(to see Jeremy’s works to go jeremycowart.com)
celebrate february 14th by loving your city
incredible food a written by Melissa Ice, co-owner of Brewed
one-night only 3 or 4 cou
and our beverage team has com
REWED will be open as usual for coffee,
We are also excited to introduce a new element to
drinks, and dessert but our menu will
Brewed that we are calling Lock Your Love. If you have
change just for the Valentine’s Day
ever been to Paris, there is a famous bridge over the
evening. The four course dinner will be $50 per person
Seine river called the Passerelle des Arts where love-
and the three course option (without the second course)
struck sweethearts lock padlocks onto its chain link
will be $38 per person. Also we will have an optional
fence. The love padlocks, called ‘cadenas d’amour’, are
drink pairing with the menu for an additional $20 that
each written with message of love and after locking the
will feature some special and rare craft beer or wine that
love padlock onto the fence, the lovers toss the keys into
is custom tailored just for the nights menu. We strongly
the Seine river – a sign of their eternal love. Although
recommend making reservations if you plan on dining
Brewed doesn’t overlook a French river we thought it
with us as we expect the evening to fill up quickly. To
would be fun to bring this idea back to Texas and we are
reserve your spot, please go to the website listed on the
introducing it this night. On Valentines you will have
next page and fill out the Valentines Reservation Form.
the opportunity to be one of the first to “lock your love”
are super excited for our first Valentine’s Day at Brewed!
d Brewed staff has a magical evening planned with some
and great drinks. Chef John has prepared a really special
urse menu that is sure to impress even the biggest foodie
me up with some incredible pairings of craft beer or wine.
at Brewed. On each table we will have
and 100% of the proceeds from the
looking for a romantic evening for
special vintage locks and markers to
lock will go to benefit Fort Worth’s
two, a night out with friends, or a
engrave them that we are selling for
RISE program. RISE is a Tarrant
special dinner with the family, we
an opportunity to “lock your love”.
County rehabilitation program for
would love to have you join us!
women who are seeking RISE Program
to start a new life after
Want to get more involved in RISE?
We also thought this
Attend the Purchased training, on April 11
would be a cool way
& April 18. We would ask anyone who is
to not only show your
interested in knowing more about Purchased to
love for your partner,
but also a chance to show your love for the city as well. We have partnered with the Net
Each lock will become a permanent fixture of you and your partners love. Whether you
attend April 11th, and anyone who desires to volunteer with the Purchased team must attend both evenings. Training will be from 6:30-8:30 both evenings. Dinner included.
Christian Life understanding the oppressed
mercy combined with justice
Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. This book provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to helpâ€”not sabotageâ€”those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta and has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for forty years.
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Day Resource Center
Fort Worth, TX 76104
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Fort Worth YWCA
Union Gospel Mission
The Stewpot Dallas
Family Gateway Inc.
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Fort Worth, TX 76101
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a story of understanding & hope
Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape “the life.” Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.
Every year almost 100,000 women,
Free City International (FCO) is a
men and children of all ages, ethnic
grassroots, humanitarian organization
and economic backgrounds are served
working to bring relief and restoration
by The Women’s Center in the Fort
to refugee communities. Jason Clarke
Worth area. They seek hope, emotional
serves as the President and Executive
healing, solutions to family crises, and
Director of Free City International
help finding a job or a path to a bet-
(FCI). Jason founded FCI after return-
ter life. The Center works with these
ing from Asia, where he lived and
individuals to help them muster the
served in multiple development and humanitarian projects. Jason grew to understand the urgency surrounding critical needs, the relevance of context-specific solutions: the importance of sustainability; and the great responsibility of people who enjoy freedom, peace, and justice in facilitat-
power and courage to confront crisis, triumph over desperate situations, and build new skills and strategies that will improve their lives. Today, The Women’s Center offers one of the most comprehensive rape crisis and victim services programs in the country, is a leader in employment programs for unemployed and underemployed people, and serves as a constant source of support for women and families in crisis and transition.
ing the solutions to such global needs.
Lori Warren is the coordinator of Jesus Said Love in Dallas. She met a stripper named Kathleen through a club ministry and they became friends. Warren said. “I will never be the same because of that woman.” Kathleen wanted to get out of the stripping business and Warren and her church were there to support her. “I sent out a text asking people to pray for Kathleen,” Warren said. Within a couple of hours, women at the church gathered more than $700 to help Kathleen and let her know she was not alone in her journey. When a stripper desires to get out of the industry, often accountants, social workers, lawyers, teachers, health care professionals and others are needed to help her move to a healthier place. Jesus Said Love has ministry teams in Waco, Dallas, College Station and San Antonio.
february events 2013
Feel sorry for hungry people and give them food. Help those who are troubled and satisfy their needs. Then your light will shine in the darkness. You will be like the bright sunshine at noon. Isaiah 58:10
freedom in worship
refugee play date
valentine’s at brewed
t: 8-10 a.m.
t: 1-4 p.m.
t: 6-10 p.m.
p: Unity Park
p: LaDera Palms Apt.
p: Brewed (801 W Magnolia Ave)
If it’s hot, wear shorts. If it’s cold, bring a blanket. If it’s raining, I hope you swim. ‘Cause we are gonna have church today!
Come & play with our refugee kiddos. Wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and get ready for fun!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by eating with your love one and loving your city (go to page 6-7 for more info).
prayer for purchased
t: 10 a.m.
t: 9-12 or 1-4
t: 9-9:30 p.m.
p: Common Grounds
p: Christ Chapel Bible Church
p: 1715 6th Ave.
Purchased, along with Judge Carr, is hosting an anniversary luncheon for the women celebrating their progress towards recover in RISE!
Take a picture and give a smile to someone in need! (go to page 4-5 for more info).
bingo and bagels
t: 7:45 a.m.
t: 10 a.m.
p: 715 Samuels Ave.
p: 345 Lancaster St.
Either meet us at 7:45 OR if
Unity Park is a homeless park
you’re a TCU student ride in
where we go to make new
the white van from the TCU
friends and hang out.
library at 7:15.
Join us in prayer for women in our Rise program and the lives of women in the sex industry in Fort Worth. Men & Women are welcome to come!
to sign up for an event go to