The Cupcake Girls are Celebrating 7 Years – Happy Birthday

The Cupcake Girls are Celebrating 7 Years – Happy Birthday

The Cupcake Girls Mission:   Respect, Resources, Relationships 
The Cupcake Girls  provide confidential support to those involved in the sex industry, as well as those affected by domestic sex trafficking
through holistic resources, case management, and after care. They provide nonjudgmental support to empower
our clients in their pursuits through respect, resources, and relationships.

I have been a fan of this amazing heart-giving group since it began here in Vegas. The lives I’ve seen transform are beyond belief. I’m so grateful for the tenacity of their fearless
CEO Joy Hoover and ALL of the obstacles she and her teams in Vegas and Portland have faced to support a community of people often left forgotten. Please join us if you are in Vegas
March 15th, 7-9pm for this 7 year Birthday celebration and fundraiser. If you aren’t here, please consider making a donation or at least spread the word.

Over the past seven years, Here is what they have already provided:

● 1,527 individual case management meetings & peer support groups, including trauma support.

● 576 instances of providing mental health assistance, including suicide screenings & life guidance.

● 488 professional sessions with doctors, dentists, & lawyers.

● 311 financial grants or care packages given to assist with: bus passes, rent, bills, & other essential needs.

● 155 prenatal, new parent, & family resources.

● 142 sessions for career counseling, resume building & educational support.

● 134 housing referrals & support.

● 105 financial planning referrals, including tax advising.

Come celebrate The Cupcake Girls, our mission, our growth and our future goals at @TheSpaceLV on March 15th, 2018 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. 

Photo cred @lovelyindeed


* Make a donation even if you can’t go

* Find out about Volunteer opportunities

Announcing CoquiNation – Relief for Puerto Rico

Improving the Health and Lives of People Affected by Poverty and Emergencies

I’m very excited to share with you new non-profit near and dear to me called CoquiNation recently created by some of my family members who have friends and family in Puerto Rico. As you know on September 20th the island was hit by the massive hurricane Maria and as of this writing on December 6th, there are still so many people in Puerto Rico without water, food and electricity. Relief efforts have been hampered with a great deal of red tape and some people trying to profit from this tragedy. CoquiNation was birthed by Lisa Lamberti Wellander’s heart for her family’s circumstance and the lack of and incredibly slow speed at which relief efforts had been progressing. People were losing life as each day went by.


Lisa was joined by her adult daughter Sierra and my brother-in-law Joe Caro to officially form this heart centered non-profit bringing water filters, supplies and hope to the people of Puerto Rico. I have learned so much about how difficult it has been to bring support to the far reaching areas of PR where roads have been destroyed and many people have lived their whole lives. They are specifically focusing on bringing water filtration systems.

Each year my family aims at giving gifts that have significance and can change the world for the better in some way. This year I’m happy to announce we will be supporting CoquiNation and encourage you to consider it as well.

What your donation buys

$25- Sawyer filter and an Mpowerd solar light

$50 – Family kit- includes a Sawyer filter, Mpowerd solar light, tarp, and food

$100- 6 Sawyer filters

$500- with 16 of these donations, we can have a reverse osmosis water filtration pump built and provide water for many towns!

$1000- generator for a nursing home, as well as Sawyer water filtration

Thank you Lisa, Joe and Sierra for all you are doing to help rebuild and support PR.

Donations can be made directly on their website at and their Facebook page at CoquiNation

Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season!


LoVegas 2016 – Community Opportunity

LoVegas 2016 – Community Opportunity

LoVegas 2016

What: LoVegas is a day of community service sponsored by Verve Church
When: Nov 19th, 2016 – Meet 8am – AT YOUR EVENT LOCATION
How: Sign up using link below your chosen project to serve
Where: After signing up for a specific project, you will be emailed directions on where to meet at 8am.
Why: During LoVegas we will have the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and create community by signing up for one of many service projects. This is a great way to positively impact the lives of people all over Las Vegas. Let’s turn our world upside-down, one act of love at a time.

LoVegas 2016 is happening on Saturday, November 19. The day will be topped off with an after-party at Verve Church at 7850 Dean Martin Dr, Suite 503, Las Vegas from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

IMPORTANT Reminders: This year we will be meeting at our project sites and not Verve.
While your children are welcome to serve with you, certain projects may require permission slips if they are under 18.
HERE are the projects to choose from. Must sign up before event to receive location details.
NOTE: Equipo and Housing Authority Projects are specifically in need of volunteers!

Equipo Academy

8:00am to noon

equipo-academyEquipo Academy is a new college preparatory charter school for middle and high school students in East Las Vegas. The mission of Equipo Academy is to empower students to meet high expectations, excel to and through college, and become transformational leaders for East Las Vegas.

During this LoVegas project, Verve volunteers will help re-vamp the music room by patching holes in the walls, painting, and applying decals to make the room more friendly and fun for students as they learn and develop their creativity. Children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent, and all children under 18 years old must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.


Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority

8:00am to noon

snrhaThe Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority, an Accredited Property Management Organization, works alongside community organizations to provide public housing to families in need. Through a broad range of services, SNRHA offers programs to assist families to become self-sufficient; these programs include homeownership, employment assistance, food assistance, prevention programs, domestic violence programs, health information, advocacy services, and more. During this LoVegas Project, Verve volunteers will participate in a Senior Residential beautification project. Children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent, and all children under 18 years old must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.


Nevada Youth Network

1:00 to 3:00pm

nevada-youth-networkEach year the Nevada Youth Network provides Thanksgiving meals for children in poverty. During this project, Verve volunteers will host a neighborhood carnival for the kids while their Thanksgiving meal is being prepared. The carnival will include fun options like cotton candy, popcorn, carnival games, crafts, and more. This is a perfect opportunity to create a fun caring environment for kids living in a lower income area of town. Children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent, and all children under 18 years old must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.


Project 150

8:00am to noon

project-150 Project 150 is a non-profit organization established in 2011 when the founders heard about homeless high school students at Rancho High School. Since then they have made it their mission to partner with community agencies to provide the personal necessities for students to focus on learning and successfully graduate to pursue higher education, career and workforce readiness.

During this LoVegas project, Verve volunteers will help Project 150 distribute hygiene kits to families in need as well as assist with holiday initiatives. Children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent, and all children under 18 years old must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.


After Party: LoVegas 2016  day will be topped off with an after-party at Verve Church at 7850 Dean Martin Dr, Suite 503, Las Vegas from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

LoVegas Community Opportunity

Put a Face On It!

Put a Face On It!

If you know me and have followed me over the years you will know I’m not about politics and debate. I rarely if ever post divisive stories. While I do not consider this story a “draw a line in the sand” kind of piece, I’m well aware that it taps into everything we are all seeing on the news today. For your own context, I’m a registered Independent and a Christian with friends from all over the world who follow many different faiths. My job is to love, not to judge. The news stinks to watch and many people are feeling discouraged. Perhaps the best way to feel empowered about our world is to do something positive to help others.

Please read this story with open minds and hearts. Whatever falls on your heart to do something about…please act on it.

Syrian Refugees


Put a Face On It!
My friend Shaula Overholt has felt called to answer the need. For her and her family, it’s not about politics, issues, walls, vetting, etc. For her it’s faithfully following what she has been asked to do… “Love your neighbor.”
Right now, her Austin neighbor’s happen to be several Syrian Refugee families. These are some of the faces. Their horrific stories are real. Their children and their needs are real, not news clips.
Recently, her church Gateway in Austin sent her to Jordan to learn first hand how they could help this world crisis. While there are a few churches helping there, one of the biggest problems is schooling for the kids. Living in some of these neighboring countries is overwhelming to all involved. When these children enter the local schools, they are oftentimes made fun of and bullied for being refugees. Then these kids don’t stay in school because it’s horrible. Then they don’t get an education and start to hate others too. Then, guess what kind of people/organizations want to swoop in and cause these same kids to join their hate groups? See how vicious that cycle can be? Education is a huge answer and need.

You see, the relatively few extremists wreaking havoc in our world are causing people to fear muslims, refugees and even people who don’t look like them. I get it. These are some scary times in our world. But FEAR cannot win. Feeling and expressing compassion and loving our neighbors must prevail.

Shaula, Laney Robb and their church are simply responding to need in their community. They are building relationships with people who have a face, a story and have lost their homes. They are working alongside the Syrian American Refugee Aid – SARA Organization and Gateway Church to love and support these people.

Love Your Neighbor

One such way is Laney (on far left) and other youth leaders are selling these way cool “Don’t Play it Safe” encouraging others to live out of your comfort zone t-shirts. The goal is to raise money to buy this group of refugee families for a car so they can begin to earn a living. Austin doesn’t have good public transit making it very difficult to work. Will a t-shirt save the Syrian refugee community? Maybe not, maybe it’s just a tiny dent in the solutions, but this community is doing something. They are not mired in political debate. They are actively “loving their new neighbors.”
FB message Shaula if you are interested in getting involved or need help understanding the scope of this problem in our world that needs real people helping in real ways.

World Issues? Don’t debate. Don’t Hate. Put a face on it and Get involved!
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Got Energy? Why Not?

Got Energy? Why Not?

Got Energy…?
Need Energy…?
Wonder what the heck happened to all your energy?
Discover what creates and sustains REAL Energy!

Join me for GET ENERGIZED! in Las Vegas April 16th –
Register for Get Energized!

Tara Rayburn’s Session:  Energize Your Mind, Body and Soul for Life!

Do your daily habits make you want to live an amazing life or sleep on the couch? Seriously, sustainable energy does not come in a bottle. Energy is not just about what you eat or how much you exercise. Food and daily circulation have a great deal to do with sustainable energy. What your mind focuses on and the “wellness” of your soul have an equally great impact on your health, if not more.
Tara will share Energy Wisdom about

  • Easy Pearl’s of Wisdom for Sustainable Health
  • Simple Healthy Habits to Energize Your Mind, Body and Soul
  • Solid Habits that have Stood the Test of Time

What You Will NOT Hear from Tara is

  • Fad diets or exercise programs
  • Loser, whiner or poor me mentality
  • A One Size Fits All approach or evangelistic rhetoric

Expect to experience an entertaining invitation to rethink those simple ways your grandmother shared with you. Simple Doesn’t Mean Insignificant. The most powerful Energy practices are simple, sustainable and create the kind of energy that cannot be stolen or short lived.

Adding just one ENERGIZING habit has the power to to change your life forever!

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