In her work at Because Justice Matters, Lauren sees the Holy Spirit move one conversation at a time.
As the Director of EdenMade at Because Justice Matters, Lauren directs two programs that address sexual exploitation from different perspectives.
Lauren created and launched SHINE in 2023, which is a prevention-focused mentorship program that exists to strengthen girls’ sense of self, healthy relationships, goal setting, and knowledge to build pathways to a thriving life, and to decrease the risk of being affected by sexual exploitation.
SHINE provides relational mentorship along with survivor-informed curriculum that focuses on five preventative areas: Skill Strengthening, Hopeful Future (Goal Setting), Identity Formation, Navigating Relationships, and Education about human trafficking, exploitative relationships, and how to keep themselves safe. We focus on girls aged 9-15 who are impacted by systems, such as child welfare, and experience familial hardship or instability.
Lauren also directs EdenMade, which provides relationship-centered, trauma-informed care to women in the adult entertainment industry. The hope is for each woman to be empowered as leaders, to live fully and freely in their true identities, connected to community and holistic resources, and restored and thriving in society. This work is done by visiting local clubs and giving gift bags to the women who work there. EdenMade seeks to build friendships with the women, pray with them, and provide relational support and resources.
Lauren has her Master’s in Social Welfare, and has a background in community-based mental health, the child welfare system, advocacy, and mentorship programs. She loves to see God bring restoration and for women and girls to thrive in urban communities.
Outside of ministry, Lauren and her family love going to the beach and enjoying the outdoors with their dog. Lauren also loves trying new restaurants, farmer’s markets, and visiting parks and museums!
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Lauren Butts, Because Justice Matters
Lauren is the Director of the EdenMade Department at Because Justice Matters. She oversees two programs that address sexual exploitation: a prevention-focused mentorship program for girls and a relationship-centered program for women working in the adult entertainment industry.Read their story
Udom Setthaya, YWAM San Francisco
Originally from Thailand, Udom Setthaya serves with YWAM San Francisco through the Restoration Initiatives Ministry, which serves, restores, empowers, and disciples residents in the Tenderloin.Read their story