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dallas/fort worth

a publication dedicated to the city’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 Valentine’s Day at Brewed & help women in RISE page 4-5

homeless & joyful the faith of Ginabeth Osgood page 14



feb 2013

sign up @


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

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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.

Help-Portraits is

giving photos not taking them

jeremy cowart

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

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celebrate february 14th by loving your city

We a

Our talented

incredible food a written by Melissa Ice, co-owner of Brewed

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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”

feb 2013

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

having experienced

Attend the Purchased training, on April 11

would be a cool way

commercial sexual

& April 18. We would ask anyone who is

to not only show your

exploitation and/or

interested in knowing more about Purchased to

love for your partner,

domestic trafficking.

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.

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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 help—not sabotage—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.

Know Your City

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dallas/fort worth shelters and services

Samaritan House

Day Resource Center

Reconciliation Outreach

Gideon House





Fort Worth, TX 76104

Fort Worth, TX

Dallas, TX 75204

Dallas, TX 75228

Fort Worth YWCA

Union Gospel Mission

The Stewpot Dallas

Family Gateway Inc.





Fort Worth, TX 76102

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas, TX 75204


PNS/Safe Haven

The Bridge

Turtle Creek Manor





Fort Worth, TX 76101

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Dallas TX, TX 75201

Dallas, TX 75201

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.

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dallas/fort worth

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

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freedom in worship


thursday 14

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!

tuesday 19

saturday 24

rise lucheon


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).

every FRIDAY


bingo and bagels

unity park

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

ISA 58  
ISA 58  

Social Justice magazine for the Dallas/ Fort Worth area based on the Bible verse Isaiah 58.