The NET desires to build restorative relationships with those in need.
Our blog is a space that gives our staff, interns, and volunteers a place
to share their experiences with serving the city of Fort Worth.


Give me Liberty or Give Me Jail

04-Oct / Blog-Interns-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

*Reposted from our Purchased Intern, Stephanie Paulson’s blog*   “Excuse me, what is your name? Why are you here? Show me your badge.” These are the first few words that I hear as I enter in a pod for an assessment as a volunteer/intern for Purchased with The NET.   ...


True Takeaways

07-Sep / Blog-Interns-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

Recently, I attended The NET’s Purchased Training for the first time and had such an amazing experience, I immediately volunteered to write a blog post about it. But, as I sat down to write, I found myself at a loss for words. How do you condense six hours of personal ...


Hurting With Hope

26-Jul / Blog-Homeless-Interns / 0 COMMENTS

A few weeks ago, I came to our weekly Bingo & Bagels after a sleepless night with a heavy heart. I had been up late watching the news with my roommates as the story broke about the gunman who was firing at Dallas police officers after a peaceful Black Lives ...


Bingo Buddies

07-Jul / Blog-Homeless-Interns / 0 COMMENTS

A few Fridays ago I got the opportunity to spend my morning having a conversation with one of our homeless friends about his life. He told me that he had lived in New York, Miami, and Dallas before ending up in Fort Worth. He told me about his family, about ...


Snakes & Smiles

14-Jun / Blog-Interns-Refugee / 0 COMMENTS

My first full week as a NET intern has come and gone, and with it has come lots of other “firsts,” including my first Ladera playdate.   Now, going into this summer, the Ladera playdates were the events that I was most nervous about because, frankly, I have never been ...


Survivor Leader Luncheon

12-May / Blog-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

*Reposted from our Executive Director, Melissa Ice’s blog*   This past week my non-profit The NET had a fundraising luncheon at The Fort Worth Club in order to raise funds and awareness in regards to the women and girls in my city that have experienced sexual exploitation. Part of my ...


Room to Grow

13-Apr / Blog / 0 COMMENTS

Nine months ago, we started the process of renovating the Lancaster City Center (a.k.a. the new home of The NET!) by gathering up some friends, including street friends, interns, and even Judge Brent Carr, and ripping up carpet, busting down walls, and tearing up tile. Last weekend, we again gathered ...


Celebrating the Big Things!

30-Mar / Blog-Interns-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

When I think about our RISE ladies, the first word that comes to mind is strong. These women are strong, and so are the people standing alongside them. From Net advocates to service providers, the room at our recent RISE Graduation Ceremony was full of people from the various steps ...


Survivor Leader Spotlight: Arletta

22-Mar / Blog-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

Almost 4 years ago, The NET’s Purchased team met Arletta. She is a true example of a Survivor Leader, and we love celebrating her story of strength and resilience. We originally met Arletta when she came into our partner program called RISE, Tarrant County’s Prostitution Intervention program, with over 20 ...


The Impact of Outrun Trafficking

15-Mar / Blog-Interns-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

I heard this quote at the beginning of last semester in a meeting for TCU’s chapter of International Justice Mission. We had just been presented with facts about human trafficking that left me speechless. Here are the main points that I recall:   Worldwide, there are 27 million people trapped ...