Stepping Stone: Wicked Sex Worker Ads
Once in a while you come across a really interesting organization, and you just have to share it with the rest of the world. I have to admit that the first thing that attracted me to Stepping Stone is their wicked ads, but beyond their witty and straight to the point ads:
Stepping Stone is a charitable not for profit organization that offers supportive programs and outreach to women, men and transgender sex workers and former sex workers.
How awesome is that?
Located in Halifax Nova Scotia, Stepping Stone was founded in 1987 and aims to address some of the problems sex workers face on a daily basis. They do this in four ways:
- They Support Choice: Stepping Stone believes that all individuals have the right to self determination. We do not interfere with or attempt to stop their work; rather, we assist them in making their life choices as safe and positive as possible.
- They Protect: The Stepping Stone house is a safe-haven from the street, and a hub of activity. Much more than a place to shower and have a nutritious snack, the house hosts regular visits from many community partners including community and mental health nurses, legal aid, and Avalon. We are a one-stop shop for access to services such as : one-on- one peer counseling; workshops on health and legal issues; recreational and personal growth activities; and computer access and educational opportunities. The house is a place where sex workers meet and form a community; the house is also a home.
- They Advocate: Our trained staff provide advocacy through a variety of ways such as court support, housing support (to locate and maintain stable and adequate housing), building community relations, and through harm reduction.
- They Reach Out: Four evenings a week our Street Outreach Program connects with our clients on the stroll as well as those working out of private houses. Outreach allows us to visit our clients on the job, and ensure that they are safe and have the supplies they need to remain that way. We provide condoms, food and drinks, Bad Trick Lists, crisis intervention, and referrals to in-house staff for further aid. Outreach workers forge friendly and trusted relationships with street-based sex workers who may otherwise be isolated from their communities.
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Obviously, I’m a fan. If I lived in Halifax I would definitely hit them up for a job or for a volunteer position.