House of Healing

Post by Katie Patterson Awaken is opening the first restorative home in Northern Nevada that will help women who have been exploited for commercial sex heal from, process, and overcome the industry’s negative and traumatic effects.  At Awaken’s 2017 banquet, Melissa Holland, co-founder of Awaken, addressed the desperate need of a housing option for women…

Introducing Awaken’s New Blogger!

  Katie Patterson is a Golden Gopher from the University of Minnesota.  She moved to Reno a couple years ago and claims that Reno is a “hidden gem and best kept secret on the West Coast.” Between skiing Rose, hiking Tahoe and enjoying the surrounding areas, Katie has no plans to leave.  She graduated from…

Honey Badger – Poem by Vanessa Dunn

To complete my final blog post as an Awaken intern, I wrote a poem dedicated to survivors of sexual exploitation. I chose the honey badger because of their internal strength and perseverance. This is the same strength that I see in survivors at Awaken. An Ode to a Survivor People question why the honey badger…