Upcoming Events at The Fort Worth Club
Apr 13, 2017 | 11:00 AM | Thursday
The NET, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in poverty get back on their feet, will host its second annual Survivor Leader Luncheon.
Start on : April 13, 2017 11:00 AM Thursday
End on : April 13, 2017 1:00 PM Thursday
The NET, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in poverty get back on their feet, will host its second annual Survivor Leader Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at The Fort Worth Club.
The NET serves three communities in poverty in Fort Worth: the homeless, women affected by the sex industry, and low-income youth. The link between these programs is the nonprofit’s goal to build a community with people in poverty, creating an environment of dignity and empowerment among the people The NET serves.
Needs for clothing, food and shelter do exist, but these are simply symptoms of poverty, not the root cause, says Melissa Ice, founder and executive director of NET Fort Worth. The NET helps people in Fort Worth who suffer from material and physical poverty as well as relational poverty.
“The NET is all about building community with people in poverty because we believe that people need people more than they need stuff,” Ice said.
“As individuals begin to understand their inherent dignity and worth, feelings of shame, isolation and inferiority are replaced by connection, confidence and hope,” she said. “This leads our friends to participate in their own personal success and empowers them to rise out of poverty. This not only restores their lives but gives them the worth and dignity that every human deserves.”
Proceeds from this year’s Survivor Leader Luncheon will benefit Purchased, The NET’s program for women and girls in Fort Worth who have been sexually exploited. Focused on prevention, intervention and protection, Purchased gives victims of sexual exploitation freedom, safety and hope, and the opportunity to completely recover. Since 2012, Purchased has reached more than 500 sexually exploited women and girls. During last year’s inaugural luncheon a survivor support group was formed, the first group of its kind in Fort Worth.
Keynote speaker at the 2017 luncheon will be Chanel Dionne, author, blogger (http://www.chaneldionne.com/) and survivor of the “