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One Purse Heartbeat July 2018 Newsletter July 31 2018

I used to think that leadership was a quality that some people had and other people followed. Over the years I’ve learned that leadership is influence and we all possess influence in some measure. Parents influence children, teachers influence students, and friends influence friends. When you think about the people that influence you, what characteristics do they possess? Are they kind and generous with their time and money? Do they live...

One Purse Heartbeat June 2018 Newsletter June 30 2018

I don’t like pain, I avoid it every chance I get! I don’t like to experience it myself and I don’t like to witness it in others. When I was younger, I never wanted to have kids because I was afraid of the pain. Four children later, and forty plus years into life, I’ve known a bit of physical and emotional pain, and if I were running the universe, I...

One Purse Heartbeat May 2018 Newsletter June 01 2018

Have you ever wondered where dreams come from? I don’t mean the ones you have at night while you’re sleeping, though I’m curious about those too! I mean the dreams that we find in our hearts. The ones that we may have carried with us from the time we were a small child or the one that sparked in our imagination just last week. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. What makes one...

One Purse Heartbeat April 2018 Newsletter June 01 2018

So much of my journey with One Purse has been about learning to grow and to give, one step at a time. I don’t know about you, but when I become passionate about something my tendency is to dive in at the deep end of the pool, and the next thing I know I’m drowning in a sea of confusion and unmet expectations...Click here to read the full One Purse...

One Purse Heartbeat March 2018 Newsletter April 06 2018

I have always believed in the power of partnerships and collaboration, but to be honest it can be messy work. We often enter into serving others with a “fix-it” mindset, and many service organizations are founded on the idea that no one is doing the work that needs to be done, or at least they are not doing it well, and so we set out to build something that will...

One Purse Heartbeat February 2018 Newsletter March 09 2018

I don’t know about you, but I tend to plan and operate in the realm of what I think is possible, and I sometimes forget that God’s specialty is doing the impossible! Along the way, He's been teaching me that if we want to love and lead others well, we need to believe that He can do the impossible, and prayer needs to precede any purpose that we are pursuing. When I think...

One Purse Heartbeat January 2018 Newsletter February 02 2018

One Purse experienced a wonderful year of outreach and action in 2017. One of our primary missions is to stand beside survivors and encourage them to embrace a new hope for their future. Through our One Purse Dream Workshops, we help survivors map out their personal and professional goals, and begin to dream again. It is a beautiful experience to see their eyes come alive with the possibilities and purposes...

One Purse Heartbeat December 2017 Newsletter December 28 2017

Merry Christmas One Purse Friends!I don’t know about you, but I find it easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year. Before I realize it, I’m treating Christmas more like a chore than a celebration, and I’m fretting about how I’m going to get it all done! My checklist, much like yours, is filled with tasks: decorating my home, baking cookies, shopping for loved...

One Purse Heartbeat November 2017 Newsletter November 28 2017

We are so thankful for you! This year has been filled with beautiful opportunities for investments of hope in the lives of survivors and it is all because of you! You have given generously, hosted gatherings, donated your gently loved purses, shared information with your friends, purchased handbags with purpose, and even marched at the Capitol with us to let your voices be heard for freedom. We are grateful for...click here to continue reading...

One Purse Heartbeat October 2017 Newsletter October 29 2017

As we begin our journey toward the holiday season, I am reminded of those who are walking a difficult road. Those who may be facing this season with trepidation, or a sense of loneliness or discouragement. One of the scriptures that keeps our team at One Purse focused and energized is Hebrews 6:19...click here to continue reading the One Purse Heartbeat and view photos from recent events.

One Purse Heartbeat September 2017 Newsletter October 01 2017

According to statistics provided by the Human Trafficking Hotline, Orlando and Miami rank 3rd and 4th respectively in reported cases of trafficking per capita in the nation. That was before Hurricane Irma. Those most vulnerable to traffickers face even more dangers when a natural disaster strikes... Click here to continue reading the One Purse Heartbeat and view photos from recent events.

One Purse Heartbeat August 2017 Newsletter August 26 2017

"I love a fresh start. Whether it be a new season, a new job, or a new year. I always welcome an opportunity to begin again. In my house, this feels like it happens twice a year, once on January 1st and again when the kids go back to school. I know that July first is the start of the second half of the year, but for me, it always feels like...