What's in Your Hand?
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There are days when I feel there is simply too much to accomplish.  There are too many girls. The problems are too big and overcoming.  


But then I get to thinking… maybe it’s too big for me. But before that thought has the chance to plant a seed of doubt I am reminded that I am not alone. God has set an army in place and each member has been called to contribute something significant to this work. Each of us has knowledge, skill, influence, power and resources to bring to the table.  When we are all faithful with what has been placed in our hand—He will always make us enough to fulfill the call on our lives. 


Recently I sat in a room with judges. I was so disappointed by the work being done around me and I began to view them as enemies rather than allies.  I had spent the days leading up to the meeting weeping and fuming at the battles we had been experiencing. I wasn’t sure of the best way to connect for change, however, I did know that connection and unity would be necessary for any change at all… So we threw a party.  


I wasn’t convinced they would come, I even hesitated when the invitations went out. To my surprise, each of them came. We sat around the table with stiff closed body language, but as I began to share my broken heart over a broken system their arms began to open. I watched as the atmosphere changed, they chose to lean in and began sharing their vulnerable stories of heartbreak.

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There was a temptation in the room to talk about all the missing pieces and all the missing players necessary for change, but before we could shift toward a space filled with excuses rather than solutions, I interrupted.  

“We may not have all the power, but there is a lot of power sitting in this room…”

I began addressing them, asking them, challenging them… “Are we being faithful with what God has placed in our hands?  Are we doing all that we know to do with all the power and influence we have been given? Imagine if we did? What would happen next?”  

I continued on and asked them to imagine if each one used 100% of what God had placed in our hand… I wanted them to consider what could lie ahead and who we could inspire to join this charge. I began dreaming out loud about the bigger strides forward if we continued saying yes and expanded our circle of warriors. I could tell that inspiration and conviction began to spread within the room. We became convinced we can do better and we walked away knowing that each of us are made for more. I knew that if we are faithful with what we have in our hands to do, we will be given more. It’s a promise woven into the DNA of New Hope Girls that has never return void. 

Joy Reyes
Tengo Hambre
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We knew she was coming…. 

We don’t always know, but they told us about her case and we had time to get our staff and girls ready for her arrival.  

Her story is among the darkest we’ve ever encountered yet. 

When the judge arrived to entrust her into our care, she was shaking and crying.  Not the girl.  The judge. I put my hands on her shoulders told her, “Today is her day of rescue. Today she begins her walk toward light and healing. Today she is safe. Thank you for going to those dark and scary places. We promise to hold her close, as a daughter.” I spoke in breaths helping her to breath. I said a quick prayer and we hugged as she began walking out the door.  
 

Moments after the judge left my attention shifted to the little girl. She wasn’t crying, shy or timid. She was demanding, fighting, swearing, flipping people off and sticking her tongue out at anyone who got too close. In her presence I was immediately full of hope!  

This little fighter is a survivor. I began coaching myself, believing we would get through this. The initial days can sometimes be the toughest. I became determined to show her that she is loved and her safety was our primary charge.
  

She is raw and raging— who can blame her?  I couldn’t help but want to hold her and wrap her in love so that she would lay down all the weapons that served her before, but are no longer needed in this foreign environment of healing and trust. 

But healing takes time…

Trust takes time…

And Love waits. 

Love listens. 

Love leans in but also steps back. 

Love gives space for the transformation to unfold.

She barks like an old lady. Swears like a sailor.  She knows how to take and give a punch.  If there’s anything we have relearned in our time with her is that we have to pick our battles.   

At dinner she yells in rebellion when it’s time to bless the meal. Disruption seems to be her greatest ally. 

One afternoon as we sat down for lunch I asked her if she wanted to pray.

Averting her eyes, she quickly blurted at me, “How can I pray. I don’t know how to pray. You never taught me to pray.”  

“But how can they call on Him if they have not put their trust in Him? And how can they put their trust in Him if they have not heard of Him? And how can they hear of Him unless someone tells them?”

 Romans 10:14

We have been talking about who we are and our true identity.  We painted beautiful, whimsical paintings to remind us. Hers turned out so sweet. At the very end I sat with each girl to help choose the words that she wanted to write on her painting to inspire her throughout the year.  

As I sat with this little one, I threw out many options.  

“Daughter of a King?” NO.

“loved?” NO.

“protected?” No.

“Fighter?” NO.

“Surivor?” NO, NO, NO, NO… 

Finally, a friend offered a suggestion.  

“Tengo Hambre”

I’m hungry.

This time there was just silence.

 Those were the words she said countless times throughout each and every day.  

“I’m hungry”.

She was always hungry. That was what she was becoming known for, what everyone else including myself had observed.

Later in the day when I had a quite moment to myself I picked up the book I was currently reading. I began thumbing through the pages, remembering I had written her name in the margin and underlined a passage that seemed to fit her fragile state. 

“Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied.”—Matthew 5:6

The same hope that had filled me when I first met her days before resided in my being again. I became convinced that she is the perfect example of who we are called to serve. The hungry, the thirsty, the left out to dry, the forgotten. Her disruption could never dislodge her from our care but rather she is the very reminder of why we exist.

What and honor and privilege it is to help feed.  

Joy Reyes
You're Invited In
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You’re Invited Into the Story

This past week we had an incredible team pouring into our girls and staff to kick off the summer. It reminded us how powerful being loved though action and deed truly is. When you see hearts on display that have traveled thousands of miles just to be with you and pour into your life in a specific, honoring way you can’t help but be changed once they’regone.

As we hugged our visitors goodbye and said “see you later” we became convinced all over again that offering the invitation to join us in being part of our girls’ transformation story is one we will continue to extend with gratitude and confidence.

It truly takes a village to continue doing the work of providing rescue, refuge and restoration for girls and women in the Dominican Republic. There are countless ways for you to get involved and we encourage you to consider how you can use your passions and gifts to partner with us in this work.


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Our National Sales Position is Open!

We have been growing our New Hope Girls bags business tremendously over the last year. With our recent collaboration with Vera Bradley and future collaborations stirring in the future, we are in desperate need of an individual to take on the sales side of our ministry. Not only will they develop and execute strategies to increase sales, they will also be tasked with developing new systems and marketing programs in order to continue growing our workshop and provide for our girls and women. This position will be state side and our National Sales Director will be working remotely while also traveling from time to time.

We are looking for an all around entrepreneur, someone who is willing to put in countless hours with an incredible heart and passion willing to blaze any trail necessary in order for us to grow. This is more than a business, we have always been cause first but we need someone who is equipped for the business side driven by the passion that is at the heart of our mission.

We are currently interviewing candidates and want to be sure all who are qualified and interested have been invited in before we close the recruiting process! If you would like more details on the position and are interested in the detailed job description please email us at info@newhopegirls.co and we will be happy to pass that along!

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Become an Inner Circle Friend

Our Inner Circle runs deeper than a monthly sponsorship and donation. When youbecome part of our Inner Circle you become part of our family. You are welcomed into the purpose, mission and receive exclusive Inner Circle access and updates. We welcome you in as part of the family and it is our privilege to get to know you as you support and champion our efforts.

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Partner with us on a Project

Construction projects, kids camps, and landscaping. These are just some of the ways groups have helped us raise funds for projects and come to serve our girls here in the Dominican Republic. Each time a work group leaves we are always enormously impacted by their efforts and friendship and truly feel like they leave as family. Consider how youcan come and tackle one of our various construction projects or offer leadership and relief on New Hope Girls grounds.

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New Hope Girls Campaigner

We have been truly blessed with individuals who have joined us in sharing our story with their communities, churches, schools, etc. through hosting parties, fundraisers, and bag sales. There are many ways you can help us grow our circle of support and share who we are by providing the invitation to those in your community. Being a campaigner allows you to use your gifts, talents, skills and influence to share our story and help us raise the financial support needed to continue providing for our girls and women.

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Come As An Intern

As an intern, you are immediately placed on the front lines. Interns serve with us in the Dominican Republic and are heavily utilized within the daily rhythms of New Hope Girlslife. Depending on need and skill, Interns will partner with New Hope Girls staff and provide support where it is most needed. Internship time frames are flexible and wide varieties of skills are welcomed.

Joy Reyes
Raising Leaders
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New Hope Girls is all about dreaming big dreams for our women and our girls. We are trusting God to help them move from the rescued to the rescuers.  We struggle to make sure we don’t expect too little of them and we are determined not to keep them small. 


We believe that the vulnerable become the exploiters and the empowered become empowerers. 


The work is so big. The battle is always fierce. The stakes are ever-growing high. We are committed to being deliberate and intentional. We are committed to restoring identity and providing opportunities for growth and leadership.

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Each woman in our workshop knows what she is working for.  She will one day run her own group of women pouring into them, motivating and training them in the same way they have received.  

They are sharing their lives with youth and little girls who need lots of love and connection as they walk through healing.  They are interceding and believe the vision they have was planted by God and will therefore be completed through divine intervention and provision. They are studying and learning and growing— ready to step into more. 

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One of the biggest thrills has been to watch our girls step into more.  They are learning they are stronger than they ever imagined. When they are pushed beyond their limits, they realize how small they once thought themselves to be. 

This year we sent four off for a week of survival camp in the mountains with a backpack. The backpack didn’t have everything they thought they needed. They were certain they weren’t in the physical shape to face the open trail.  They had no idea what they were getting into…and that was the whole point.  

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They learned how to overcome, persevere, reach a goal, and hear God's voice. They found victory by confronting the unexpected with a spirit of adventure, teamwork and service.

God used every activity to mold their character and make them more like Him. They were able to finish and conquer without all the things they thought they couldn't live without.  

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The girls came back ready to face their world with new fire and determination as they walked in new confidence.

Now I watch them speak truth over their little sisters as well, and the words, “I can’t” are always challenged because of their life-changing experience.

Help Us Continue


We are in need of $22,000 to provide our girls with quality bilingual education including books, uniforms and transportation.  

We are providing continued Trauma Informed care training to our staff and developing our art, play, music and individual therapy programs.  ($6,000 annual for training)

Our girls have the opportunity to participate in student leadership opportunities and we hope to invest in 16 girls this year.  ($1,600) 

Our invitation is that you would consider helping us raise these leaders and give them the opportunities needed to grow and become equipped to chase after their dreams and use their life to help rescue the next one.

Joy Reyes
Round Two is Right Around the Corner!

It’s hard to believe that the news we are about to share with you is a REALITY! Our collaboration with Vera Bradley on International Women’s Day this year was a complete hit. We celebrated with tears of joy as the bags were sold out on the Vera Bradley site by 9am EST on their release day. It was such a gift to receive so much support and excitement from you all surrounding our collab! 

Much to our dismay, there were countless individuals who had their hearts set on the collection and were unable to purchase before they sold out. After reflecting with Vera Bradley about the success of the collaboration, they shared with us that they had purchased extra yardage of limited-edition fabric in case there would be a need for it in the future… This was a HUGE surprise and we couldn’t help but dream of making more limited-edition bags and pouches.

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With Vera Bradley’s support, we are relaunching the collection and offering both the hobo and pouch for purchase while supplies last! One of the best parts is, this time the collection will be sold in OUR online store!!! We are so excited to sell these bags and pouches directly to you, it is a dream come true and has truly brought this journey full circle.

Once we received the second round of fabric, our artisans got right to work and were overjoyed at the opportunity to jump right in again and craft these beautiful bags and pouches for you all! We are so proud of them and how much they continue to grow in this season as our production numbers have increased significantly these last couple months.

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As always, 100% of the proceeds from each purchase will go directly to providing rescue, refuge and restoration for girls and women in the Dominican Republic. Each bag and pouch sold has a direct impact on the lives of our girls and the ones that are still awaiting their rescue.

 
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Here are the logistics!

The bags will be released on Wednesday, May 1st at 12 pm EST.
Visit this link directly:

https://www.newhopegirls.co/special-edition-vera-bradley-collaboration 

and they will be available for purchase until supplies last! There are approximately 90 hobos and 100 pouches available and we are predicting they will go FAST!

Set your alarms for the launch hour so that you will have your chance at purchasing the collection.

Thank you for continuing this journey with us! We are so blessed to receive such tangible support and excitement from our community and beyond. You all help remind us we are not alone in this work and it truly does take a village to make it all happen.

Joy Reyes
Made for MORE

There were at least one hundred miracles leading up to this one. Our hope was full and the tension was real. We had been praying for a great success, hoping that the collection would sell out by noon. We wanted this to be the beginning of more.

We were dreaming big.

I fell asleep around 12am(11pm ET)— thinking, what can I do in the middle of the night… I tried to rest. At about 1am (12AM ET) my phone started going crazy with people in a panic trying to get the bag. There seemed to be struggles with an overloaded website and countless individuals started asking for my help. It was so exciting and I found myself fielding questions without even having opened the site, there just hadn’t been time! The buzz died down around 2:30am—I felt loved by so many loyal, courageous friends.

The next morning at New Hope Girls everyone was buzzing. We dressed in matching T-shirts designed for that very day. “Creado para Mas”—Made for More.  We were holding tight to those words and the promise that our future was bigger than we were able to imagine in those monumental hours since the bags had been released.


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The girls had decorated and the house looked truly amazing.  We planned a time of gratitude, a time to remember, a time let down and celebrate.  We huddled on the floor together singing, our eyes wet and leaking with hope and gratitude.  We took time to remember the process and the miracles we’d shared along the journey.

We pulled out the bowl of rocks. Each rock holds a word that represents a significant miracle to the person who had written it in the first place.  I took the first rock and wrote Vera Bradley, and as I began to speak of the rich connection and partnership we had formed, others followed and began reaching for rocks and writing their own words.

 
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The words Growth, More, Healing and Refuge were written on rocks with raw stories explaining why they had etched that chosen sentiment.  Stories of promise, dreams realized, from little shacks to beautiful facilities, from home machines to industrial, from yards to rolls.  Our director reached for two rocks and shared that one year ago we submitted papers for girls who had no name according to the government. She then took a moment to announced that their birth certificates were received during this very week and now they not only have names but rights to study, work and travel.  

 
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We cried a lot. We screamed and danced and celebrated and prayed. It was perfect. The emotion of the day literally took our breath away.  

Then, in the midst of our celebration, text messages, phone calls and notifications began flooding in. The bags are 100% sold out! We screamed and wept with joy. Struggling to breath, we were overcome by the dreams that were being fulfilled right in front of us.

 
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Wanda, the leader of our workshop, stood up and began to address our girls.

“You are the reason we do it.  You are the reason we celebrate.  You are the reason we work and can work.  You are New Hope Girls. You are created for more – we all are.”

 
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We are now in a season of preparation. We feed pressed to use this momentum and have hopes to hire more staff, conquer our shipping puzzle between the US and Dominican Republic that we just haven’t been able to crack, grow our workshop and production all the while beginning our next line!

It is our privilege to say thank you to each and every one of you. Whether you pressed like on a Facebook post, shared your excitement over the collaboration on your Instagram, stood up in your community and encouraged them to share about March 8th, or were one of the blessed number of individuals that were able to purchase the bags before they were sold out. We see you and we couldn’t have done it without you.

 
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Joy Reyes
The Countdown Begins!
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The Logo says it all. We are truly humbled and unashamedly ecstatic that in a matter of hours our collaboration with Vera Bradley will be LIVE! If you’re late to the news, no worries, it is our joy to fill you in!

Just over two years ago we began a relationship with a brand that has grabbed hold of our vision and partnered with us in a way that we never could have planned or dreamed of ourselves. 

Since 2016, Vera Bradley has provided and decorated a beautiful intake room in our safe house, donated powerful industrial machines and completely decked out our current workshop, and has collaborated with us in creating a limited edition New Hope Girls + Vera Bradley line launching on March 8th, International Women’s Day (Yes, THAT SOON!!) These are just some of the highlights and we have been absolutely blown away by their generosity and feel our hearts have been knit together for such a time as this.

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Our women have been working tirelessly over the last few months to make the bags that will be sold on Vera Bradley’s site. Both our signature Hobo and Pencil Pouch will be sold and there will only be 500 units each available for purchase!

It is amazing to reflect on the growth and transformation that has taken place within our workshop walls these last couple months. Our women have been on an incredible journey marked by such beauty and favor. We have been pushed to our limits but our YES has been our YES and now it is time to see the results from all the incredible work they have put into these beautiful bags that are truly made for more.

 
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As we have said yes to MORE, we are believing that this collaboration will give us the exposure needed to sell COUNTLESS bags, each one providing the ability to hire more women and rescue more girls through every purchase. 

Joy Reyes
Home for the Holidays
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I hope you all had a wonderful, meaningful holiday filled with traditions and loved ones!  Christmas and New Years can be a beautiful time, but also a time filled with triggers that have the ability to launch us into sadness and pain.  We work hard at New Hope to help our girls make new, happy memories and during the holidays we find it especially important to reimagine with them what it means to celebrate the birth of our King.  Every night of December we gather together and have a special devotion using The Advent book, which, if you haven’t seen it, it’s a beautiful addition to any advent traditions you may have.  We fill each girl’s stocking with ten tiny gifts and throughout the month there are surprise doors that prompt them to open each of their new treasures.  We find that the anticipation is perfect and helps to inspire and communicate the spirit of advent.  

 

On Christmas eve we share a meal and we go to sleep in our new PJs.  This year the ladies in the workshop made custom PJs for everyone in the girl’s house including staff. The tradition in our area is to celebrate the opening of gifts on Three Kings day, January 6th, but as we are making new traditions-- we open our gifts on New Years Day after a late morning recovering from the New Year’s Eve Bonfire.  Then, on Three Kings Day, instead of receiving gifts—we give them!  This year Vera Bradley helped us give by providing beautiful bags we could fill with treats for kids in the hospital during the holidays. 

 

Many of you helped shop for our ladies and girls this year.  I gave you wish lists and you all truly went above and beyond!  God used you to remind us of the "more" and the abundance He has promised us. Watching the individual reactions in the room as our girls and women uncovered their new treasures filled our home with gratitude. 

 

I remember when our girls didn’t know how to receive a gift.  There was NO affect or reaction… But look at them now!  Joy is truly a fruit of the spirit and we are blessed to bear witness to this fruit in each of our girls.  

 

Here is a sneak peak into the special Holidays of New Hope Girls. Thank you again for being part of our story and growth. We are grateful to begin a new year in reflecting on what we have been given while looking ahead to the goodness and beauty that lies ahead!

Joy Reyes
Year in Review

As the new year approaches we find it is the best opportunity to stand in awe and wonder of all that has unfolded in the lives of our girls and women. We are so grateful for growth and all the more we have stepped into as New Hope Girls.

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Thank you for being part of our story, our mission, the heartbeat behind what we do. We are so grateful to celebrate the triumphs amidst the difficulties that are littered within the daily realities we face. We say yes and step into even MORE as 2019 approaches. Please continue to pray for us, walk with us, and support us in whatever way you feel led in the coming year. We couldn’t do it without you.

Joy Reyes
Stepping Into More

This has been the year to look back and remember, one of constant change and growth. We are not exactly sure what is waiting around the corner, but we are certain it is more, and it is big. We feel a call to be brave! And each day is filled with hope of more. 

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We have held many little faces in our hands and whispered words that echo what we know and preach to ourselves... 

 

“I don’t know what’s coming, but it will be good.”

“There is more.”

“You were made for more.”

“God will make you brave.”

“You are not alone.”

 

We are determined to be faithful with what is in our hand. We keep reminding ourselves of where we have come from and this truth that has become our motto- “If you are faithful in little, you will be faithful with much.” We keep marveling in the reality that we now walk in the “much” of the “little” we held in years past and believe that we now stand in the “little” of what tomorrow holds.

 

We started in the barrio. With dirt floors and a treacherous walk up. We started where our girls lived. Above the streets that once named them. We were convinced that our small beginnings would be transformed little by little. Step by step. Through it all we have been growing in our endurance, in our belief that as we put one foot in front of the other we are being faithful to the calling we first received. We have stopped wondering when we’ll get to the top of the mountain, but rather, what else is there for us along the way, what new territory will we encounter, what else will be required of us?

 

We live in this tension. In a place where deep pain is met by true promise. We live on the front lines. As advocates, ambassadors, counselors, mothers. We’re with every girl in their healing. We are determined to see them overcome every wound. Stepping into the trenches, we become acquainted with their scars and every detail of their stories. We are truly convinced of our purpose as we see every one of our girls through their journey of rescue, refuge and restoration. And there are more, so many more. One at a time we reach out to them and bring them close to whisper...

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“I don’t know what’s coming, but it will be good.”

“There is more.”

“You were made for more.”

“God will make you brave.”

“You are not alone.” 

Joy Reyes