Allow us to tell you about our story

The vision for Created Tampa was birthed in Manila, Philippines as we served in a ministry called Samaritana. Our 9-month experience in Manila inspired us to start created. We realized at the time that our city had no Christian organization or ministry dedicated to reaching these women and we had a heavy burden to initiate and contextualize what we learned and experienced first hands in the Philippines.

We discovered the extent of sexual exploitation evident in our city, Tampa, FL. Our current approach is to befriend women, invite them into trusting relationships and empower them to leave prostitution or the dangerous lifestyle in which they live.

By providing personal relationship, regular places for the women to gather and interact with God's word, we hope to see God break the power of oppression, isolation, and helplessness that currently grip many of their lives. We also know that part of seeing women become free from exploitation will only come as we walk alongside them, advocate for them, and empower them to speak up for themselves.

As women are empowered through relationship with Jesus and grow to understand their true identity as image bearers of God we fully believe it will be the starting point for them to begin to use their gifts and skills in healthier, non-exploitive environments.

 
 
 
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Jillian Penhale

Director

 
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LaAysha Neal

Finance Coordinator 

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Jillayah Hodges

Created Care Coordinator

 
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Ashley Graham

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Joanna Diebel Ross

Outreach Coordinator

 
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Tammy Bertron

Care Manager


Discipleship

We believe every woman should have the opportunity for a new life in relationship with Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we proclaim the good news of His kingdom and invite vulnerable women to become followers of Jesus.  We do this in a context of friendship, mentoring and communal encounters Gods Word.


Advocacy

We believe Gods image affords every woman the right to speak and be heard.  Therefore, we both advocate for and empower women to express themselves.  We do this through advocacy, offering life skills and partnership with other organizations in order to be a voice for change in the lives of sexually and relationally broken women and the systems that keep them bound to sexual exploitation.


Community

Authentic relationships provide the context for nurturing spiritual growth.  We hope to provide safe places of meaningful community for vulnerable women where they can journey together toward healing, wholeness, and new life in Jesus. 


Residential Program

We provide a year long, free (donor based) safe housing for women who have been sex trafficked or have had any involvement with the sex industry. We provide community, accountability,NA meetings, Christian therapy, Bible study, Life skills, mentors, and much more


Apartments

We provide apartments for Created alumni to move into after they've completed the program.


Jobs

We provide cleaning jobs and work at our Created Boutique thrift store. Come shop for a cause  at our thrift store at 3102 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL. Our store hours may vary, so please call ahead at 813-228-9412.


Outreach

We go into the strip clubs, on the streets, and in the jails with the goal of befriending vulnerable women and sharing God's love for them. The goal of outreach is to love women we're they're at. 85-95% of women in the strip clubs have grown up in church and are very familiar with religion and Christianity. Their fathers are pastors, or grew up in the church choir, have been on mission trips etc. Instead of being another Christian protestor, our approach is unconditional love. We go into the dark places with gifts for the women, in hopes that we can redeem their past, broken experiences with The Church. It is common for us to here women say,"Wow, I can not believe a church lady is inside of this club talking to me. I can't believe you all care about us enough to come each month with gifts. Why are you so loving? Why do you do this?" This is music to our ears. When their walls of hostility and confusion break down, we get to share God's perfect love for them and pray with them. Our approach is simple, it is consistent love.