General Motors Toledo Powertrain Sponsors local organization My Sister’s House for Girls – Meet the Author

April 19, 2013 in News

Back Left to Right – Taylor, Angelica, T’ya, Danae, Darcy, Ashley, Reba,
Front Left to Right – Ragen, Aundrea, LaDonna, Ms Theresa (Author) Katie, Brittany, Robin

The My Sister’s House for Girls Enrichment Program held its Annual “Meet the Author” in Columbus, Ohio.  This year the girls selected the book The Slave Across the Street and received the opportunity to meet the author Ms. Theresa Flores.  Survivor and Author Theresa Flores travel the U.S. sharing her story of trafficking and slavery while living in an upper middle class suburb of Detroit, Michigan.  At fifteen years of age, she was drugged, raped and tortured for two long years, kept in bondage, forced to pay back an impossible debt.

Program Director Ms. Knabbs remembers the day as it if was yesterday when she received the news that the My Sister’s House for Girls program was selected by General Motors Powertrain Toledo for their annual Christmas Angel tree.  Ms. Knabbs remembers reviewing the budget and wondering how many bake sales it would take to ensure the success of this year’s “Meet the Author.  Once hearing the news Ms. Knabbs could only state that “God is Awesome!”  God continues to provide for this program, ministry beyond her wildest imagination.

The My Sister’s House for Girl Enrichment Program provided each young lady an opportunity to ask the Author tough questions regarding her past.  Ms. Flores encouraged each young lady to “find their voice” and “find the message” in midst of life’s messes.  The young ladies received the opportunity to take pictures and have their books signed by the Author who shared a powerful message of “survival” to the young ladies.

Program Director Ms. LaDonna Knabbs stated that each year she tries to find local authors in the state and plans the “road trip” to Meet the Author in their home town.  She feels that the setting provides an informal but significant setting for her young ladies to ask serious questions.   The overnight trip to Columbus was not complete without the signature “sister circle” that was sponsored by Project V.O.I.C.E., Victory over Intense Circumstance and Elevating to Purpose.  Project V.O.I.C.E is a local non-profit organization founded by Jenice Tate and Jelise Roberts.  The founders provided valuable information on finding effective and supportive resources for girls at risk for domestic violence and sex trafficking.  Ms. Tate and Ms. Roberts encouraged the girls to build their self esteem with saying positive affirmations daily.

The My Sister’s House for Girls provides a unique method that inspires adolescent girls to unlock the key to their success and to go beyond the multiple layers of negative circumstances, which will help them to grow into confident and empowered young women.  The My Sister’s House for Girls program enhances the traditional mentoring method of “Just a friend” to the primary building blocks that supports a symbolic and supportive relationship with lasting results.   The My Sister’s House for Girls is actively recruiting women in the local Toledo area as mentor. Our Open house will be held April 20, 2013 at the Heatherdowns Library Branch from 3pm to 4pm.  Please contact Ms. Robin Green at info@msh4girls.org for more information.

Left to Right Founder Project V.O.I.C.E Jenice Tate, Ragen, Taylor, Reba, Danae, Katie, Aundrea, Brittany, Robin, Founder Jelise Roberts, Darcy, Front (Sitting) Ashley, T’ya