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StCF Services strives to make a difference in the lives of women who were exploited, trafficked, or in any of the sex trades such as exotic dancers, body rub, porn, web cam, escorts or street who want support with multiple barriers or just a few from an experiential survivors’ vieszpoint. Although Shona is a pastor in the Christian faith she works without judgement or prejudice. She has education and experience in counseling, teaching, entrepreneur endeavors and non profits as well.
The four core components of that help are based around the medicine wheel in the areas of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual: in counselling, housing, training in retail/volunteering and with soul care/spiritual care. Connecting with community and networking with other agencies who aid women.
About the Founder Shona Stewart, B.A, A.A.
I came to know the Lord in 1999 at an Alpha course. Prior to this I was exploited, trafficked, and working in the sex trade for 16yrs. My mother was dying of lung cancer and asked if I would get out of the business, so I sold my house and moved my kids and self to look after her in Victoria. I became an alphaholic and took five of the courses. I accepted Christ on the third video in and God chose to teach me many things quickly in the next few years. I ended up going back to school first for a certificate in counselling then onto Briercrest College in Saskatchewan to do my Bachelor of Arts. In Biblical Studies and an Associate of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).As well I have taken many workshops, groups, courses and received more certificates in related topics for leadership, conflict resolution, motivational interviewing, entrepreneurial social enterprises, soul care, trauma informed care, and for co-occuring disorders.
I had started a ministry called Setting the Captives Free Ministries Inc in Saskatchewan to help women like myself exit and heal from abuse, exploitation, trafficking and working in most areas of the sex-trade. I had a board and was applying for charitable status but was living in Caronport, SK so I was looking at moving to Regina or Saskatoon. God had another plan and I got a call from Glendyne Gerrard of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church who is the leader of Defend Dignity whom I met when we both were at a workshop on trafficking. She proposed I look at coming to Winnipeg to run a home for women exiting who were exploited and I had to become a licensed worker thru tests and interviews I received an open license so I was able to get paid as a pastor. I prayed and went out to meet the people with whom I would work with and so it began I moved here to Winnipeg in Jan. 2012 and started Dignity House Inc. I was working in this ministry for six and a half years and had to resign due to health issues. I have made many connections with many women in and out of the sex trade, networked and working within the community of front-line organizations, and am part of a group of experiential women called The Knowledge Keepers Advisory Committee that advises the Tricia’s Trust Initiative to the government of Manitoba. God had a calling on my life and still has one this I know. I have education, experience, training, support, accountability partners and have a good reputation in both the secular and faith communities. All by the Grace of God.
God still has a calling on my life as I was off work for over a year and applying at many different jobs but to no avail. In the time off I felt God put in my heart to write a devotional journal and take a course in leadership, so I did. I had a hope that I could still do the work I loved and was called to do but it did not work out for me to go back to Dignity House so I prayed about my old ministry and asked about first opening the thrift store as a business. God answered by telling the owner of the building to give me back the store, so I knew God was starting a new thing. I was given a vision a couple years ago and in it was told that the old had to come down to make room for the new to be rebuilt. I thought this was with Dignity House but now I am sure it is not, but it is to go on my old name Setting the Captives Free and do a new thing.
Soli Deo Gloria