The third annual Night of Awareness event was held Saturday, at First Baptist Church to support the SS Revolution Ministries and to help raise money for its two programs, Beautiful Feet and BackPack Love.
These two programs are focused on eliminating youth hunger, prostitution and sexual assault in the community by building a support network for victims.
Each of the programs, Beautiful Feet and BackPack Love, deals with a different issue SS Revolution sees in Hall County.
Beautiful Feet assists exploited members the local adult entertainment and illegal sex trafficking industries.
The group uses a two fold approach to helping women and girls in need. Primarily they provide assistance in the form of food, financial assistance, and vital information to exotic dancers at a local adult club.
According to Christina Robeson of SS Revolution, the dancers are extremely receptive to the help that Beautiful Feet gives.
“They call us the church ladies when we come in,” Robeson said. “We don’t interact with the customers, we aren’t there to condemn, just support.”
The second method Beautiful Feet uses is aimed at helping sex trafficking victims. Every Tuesday night, volunteers call as many as 12 prostitutes listed locally online to offer them opportunities in how to leave their situation.
“But a lot of times it’s not that easy; some have lives and families,” says Jennifer Robson, co-founder of SS Revolution. “A lot of times they don’t even know that they are being pimped.”
In February, the group saw its efforts pay off in a tangible way when a young prostitute from Atlanta began returning to the group for assistance.
Together Robeson and Robson agree that this result is what the group wants for the women it assists — a network of support that shows victims that there are other options.
The second program, BackPack Love, is specifically aimed at ending childhood hunger in Hall County.
“BackPack Love was started because we found out from teachers that kids were going hungry and stuffing their pockets with saltine crackers,” said Robson.
She explained that even with the free lunch programs that are available in many Hall County schools, many children were slipping through the cracks and getting nothing to eat at home.
According to Beau Robson, Jennifer’s husband and SS Revolution co-founder, as many as 1 in 5 children in Hall County go hungry every day. BackPack Love provides any child in need a weekly backpack full of food, enough for a family of five.
Robson estimates that BackPack Love gives out nearly 600 packs full of food every week to schools in hall county.
“If we save one (child), it’s worth what we do,” said event founder Mike Queen. “A warrior takes on problems that others won’t, so that’s what we do.”