About

Poiema

 

About

Poiema

Our Story

After watching a documentary on innocent children sold into sexual slavery internationally, Rebecca Jowers was ready to move her entire world to help them. As a wife, a mother of four daughters, and a student at Dallas Theological Seminary, such a move was unrealistic. Nevertheless, a God-inspired passion gripped her heart and would not let go.

Two years of research on the subject of human trafficking revealed rampant problem here in America’s borders. Not only within our borders, but in OUR cities. She didn’t have to move her entire world; the need was right down the street. With the vision of raising public awareness, reaching and educating the vulnerable, and ultimately opening a safe house, Rebecca created thePoiema Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Poiema (pronounced poy-ay-ma) is a Greek word meaning ‘handiwork’ found in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork (poiema), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Every person created represents a unique example of God’s genius, a precious work of divine art. Sadly, women and children in the sex industry believe they have no value or self-worth. The Poiema Foundation shares the love of Christ and the life-changing news that they are inherently cherished by the God who made them.

“For we are God’s handiwork, (poiema) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10

Our Vision

We envision a world that is aware of sexual abuse and exploitation and will not tolerate it.

We believe we can create a world where sexually abused and exploited people receive safe, long-term housing and trauma-informed care in an environment where they experience restoration and unconditional love.

Our Mission

The Poiema Foundation educates the public and raises awareness in order to prevent sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other methods of sexual exploitation. We also facilitate the restoration journey of survivors by providing for their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our goal is to provide a safe place where victims experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and receive trauma-informed care on their journey from victim to survivor.

Our Vision

We envision a world that is aware of sexual abuse and exploitation and will not tolerate it.

We believe we can create a world where sexually abused and exploited people receive safe, long-term housing and trauma-informed care in an environment where they experience restoration and unconditional love.

Our Mission

The Poiema Foundation educates the public and raises awareness in order to prevent sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other methods of sexual exploitation. We also facilitate the restoration journey of survivors by providing for their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our goal is to provide a safe place where victims experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and receive trauma-informed care on their journey from victim to survivor.

Our Approach

Increasing Awareness
We believe the first step in stopping human trafficking is to provide education that builds awareness and ultimately fosters active participation in the fight against human trafficking. Through our presentations, seminars and workshops on human trafficking, the public gains a better understanding of the challenges of human trafficking and the impact it has on our communities. As well, we help the public understand the complexity of a human trafficking victim’s journey to restoration through increased knowledge of the impact of trauma and the rehabilitation process.

Engaging in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
For those that want to take on a more active role, we provide various volunteer opportunities ranging from working in the call center or safe house, participation in community outreach, and being a pen pal or court advocate. We take volunteering seriously making certain that each person that wants to help finds an opportunity that fits their talents and desires. In addition, we ensure our volunteers properly equipped for the task and participate in a safe environment at all times.

Helping Victims of Human Trafficking
For those that have been sexually abused and exploited, the Poiema Foundation provides a restorative path that is designed to:

  • Rescue these victims from their situation
  • Provide a safe place for rehabilitation
  • Include trauma-informed care
  • Help them transition to self-sufficiency and independent living

This restorative path is complex and lengthy requiring many services and facilities such as:

  • Clothing
  • Medical & dental care
  • Legal services
  • Trauma-informed counseling
  • Long-term care placement
  • Support programs
  • Mentoring
  • Case management
  • Education/tutoring
  • Job search & job readiness training
  • Transportation
  • Fitness & nutrition
  • Life skills such as money management, conflict resolution
  • Bible studies/help finding a church home

What People Should Know About Human Trafficking

  • How do perpetrators recruit children?
  • How to report suspicious activity
  • How to identify human trafficking victims
  • How to work with trauma victims
  • How to talk to your children about sex and human trafficking

Executive Director

Rebecca Jowers, MACE

For many years, Rebecca has helped rescue and rehabilitate many women and children who were victims of human trafficking. In 2013 she expanded her passion to create a world where sexually abuse and exploited people receive safe, long-term housing and care by founding the Poiema Foundation where she currently serves as the executive director.

Poiema Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates the public and raises awareness in order to prevent sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other methods of sexual exploitation. In addition to leading the vision of the Poiema Foundation, Rebecca can be found teaching training seminars on the awareness of human trafficking; as well as serving on the front lines of the organization helping facilitate the restoration journey of survivors by providing for their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Rebecca holds a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she graduated summa cum laude and played collegiate basketball. While at Dallas Theological Seminary, she received the Howard Hendricks Award for the most outstanding work in the Department of Christian Education. She also worked in the Spiritual Formation Department at DTS in the area of Leadership Development.

In addition, Rebecca holds certifications from ETA (Evangelical Training Association), C.A.S.E. (Christian Association of Sexual Educators) and Prepare/Enrich, a relational assessment for premarital counseling and marital enrichment programs.

Before living out her passion of restoring victims of human trafficking, Rebecca taught math and science in both public schools and at the collegiate level. She has been married to her husband, Raymond, for 24 years and they have four daughters.

Bios of Poiema’s board of directors are available upon request.

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OUR HOPE IS…
A world where sexual abuse and exploitation is not tolerated; and the victims are fully restored.

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