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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…… Continue Reading →


Celebration Nights at Awaken

Celebration nights are one way the Awaken staff honors their community. On April 20th, 2018, I had the privilege of experiencing one of these events first-hand. As 5:30 approached, guests began to arrive one by one. I started to notice familiar faces, some mentors some clients, and some volunteers. I sat down and observed smiles…… Continue Reading →

Staff Spotlight – Jen Robinson

Staff Spotlight by Vanessa Dunn, Awaken Intern Awaken is filled with warriors. One of those is Co-Founder, Jen Robinson, whose tremendous compassion for her clients shines as she discusses her work. Executive Director and fellow Co-Founder, Melissa Holland, states: One thing that stands out about Jen, is the way the women are so drawn to…… Continue Reading →