Established on a foundation of prayer, Trihope exists to bring hope, freedom, and healing to survivors of sexual trauma through bridging community connections and providing Christ-centered support.
To eradicate sexual trauma in the
Tri-Cities and to empower wholeness in the lives of those affected by it.
- To equip all suitable entities in the Tri-Cities to combat sexual trauma in their specific spheres
- To provide all victims with culturally-sensitive information and opportunities necessary to procure emotional, physical, and spiritual wholeness
- To extend opportunities for the Church to intercede regarding a culture of sexual brokenness and those affected by it
Who We Help
Trihope links arms with survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking and walks with them through their healing journey. Each survivor is provided individualized care based on their unique situation.
We also serve our community by offering training to the public on sex trafficking, pornography, sexual assault, and abuse prevention. Education and training events can be customized for specific groups including local service providers.
I was raised in a nurturing, loving, Christ-serving family; I had no idea that the sort of evil even existed that would enter my life soon after my father died when I was 10 years old. Between the ages of 11 and 18 years old, I was molested and raped by six different family members and family ‘friends.’ Nobody helped. Some said I was lying. My mother forbid me to speak of it. I struggled with depression, an eating disorder, self punishment, PTSD, OCD, extreme anxiety, nightmares, and I spent decades being ashamed of ‘my story.’ Trihope breathed life back into me. In the Trihope ‘family’ you get a voice and it’s a voice treasured. I was invited to my first ‘In the Wildflowers’ retreat in 2015 and it changed me forever. I found purpose there. I was important there. For the first time in my life, seven other women, complete strangers before the retreat, felt my pain; cried for me. Together we became important in one another’s healing journey’s encouraging one another, listening to one another, validating one another, laughing together, crying together, and praying together. I would not be the strong, compassionate, competent woman I am today without Trihope.Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Kelsey holds a B.A. in Economics and German Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her final year of study, she received a 1-year grant to study sex trafficking in the community. It was during this research that her passion arose to provide relief to survivors of trafficking. Kelsey has completed the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force’s Train the Trainer training and has traveled to Thailand with Women at Risk, International to study the global sex trade and relief programs from an international vantage point. She also has a background working in youth services and program development. She enjoys camping, gardening, cooking, playing video games, reading, and exploring.
Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Through her healing journey she has found a passion to see people healed and set free from their pasts of sexual assault by the power of Christ. She has been a part of starting support groups and providing one on one support for survivors of sexual assault. She has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Durham University, U.K. where she also learnt about community outreach and prayer ministry. She has training from the Elijah House School of Ministry and Restoring the Heart Ministries as a facilitator of In the Wildflowers counseling series. Beth enjoys music, dance, art, reading, writing, and hanging out at coffee shops.
Stacie graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in Social Work and is a licensed social worker for the State of Michigan. As a survivor herself, she has worked diligently to help victims of sexual abuse transition to becoming survivors and thrivers. Her social work experience has included working with youth who are victims and perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse, foster care, adoption, providing services to families involved with child protective services, and more. Stacie enjoys farming, dog training, kayaking and all other things outdoors, and singing loudly. She embraces life and loves living to the fullest.
Office Administrator and Program Assistant
Donya has dual degrees in Bible and Music from Ambassador Baptist College and Graphic Design and Psychology from Liberty University. In addition to her formal schooling, Donya is a Board Certified Biblical Counselor (BCBC) and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has also completed the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force’s Train the Trainer program. She has been involved in women’s ministry for many years and joined forces with Trihope in 2017. Donya is the author of Forgetting the Fairy Tale, the Forgetting the Fairy Tale Companion Guide, and the The Wonder Woman’s Manifesto. She enjoys writing, music, design, books, movies, traveling, and sunshine.
Several years ago, Kelsey gatherered with friends to watch a livestream prayer conference. They huddled in her parents’ basement on their deflated, plaid 1980’s couch staring at a laptop screen propped open on an oak chest serving as a coffee table. During that time, God planted a dream in Kelsey’s heart to start a house of prayer for survivors of sex trafficking. She filed it away in her brain bank of “out-there” dreams and told God He’d have to let her know when and where to make it happen if it was to be. The dream sat stagnant for the next few years without prayer or pursuit in any way. Then she moved to Michigan and attended a church picnic…
On her second (or possibly third) trip to the pizza table, Kelsey ran into a person she had met before, but didn’t know well. Her name was Beth. Their conversation turned to dreams and passions for bringing hope and healing to survivors of sexual assault and they decided to meet up and talk more another time. And they did.
Initially, Kelsey and Beth’s ideas were different, but their hearts were similar, so they decided to pray about what God might be doing. For six weeks, they each dedicated two hours a week to seeking God’s direction in prayer. Though they didn’t talk during this time, at the end they compared their prayer time notes and found their ideas were now almost identical. This is when the real heart and soul of TriHOPe was birthed.
By the end of 2013, the Trihope team included another member, Emily Robinson, who was integral in establishing the House of Prayer portion of TriHOPe. Emily has since moved out of state, but we are thankful for the insights and direction she offered us during that time.
Today our team and ministry has continued to expand as we encounter more and more people with a desire to make a difference on the front of sexual trauma. While this field is wrought with unpredictable mines and mires of sorrow in every form, it is also a joy and privilege to join the Lord in bringing His redemption and restoration to the most desolate of hearts.
“Women At Risk, International unites and educates women to create circles of protection and hope around at-risk women and children through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects.”
“Sometimes churches are confused with buildings. New Life is not a building! New Life is the people that happen to meet in a building… all kinds of people! New Life is a family that is learning more and more about loving and serving Jesus Christ.”
“Reach Community Church is a Saginaw based congregation at two locations seeking to reach people with the words and needs of life (Matthew 9.35).”
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The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.