We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Frazier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
That’s a great question. When you understand your purpose in life, the notion of quitting is not an option. I would encourage them to surround themselves with positive, trustworthy, and praying individuals ( a mentor). Self motivation is imperative; on those hard days, I think about the impact we’ve made so far, in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is to Make a Difference.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Straight Street Life Center has been serving survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation since 2005. Our twofold mission is to Make a Difference by informing the public and intervening in the sex trade of minors; First by providing a safe place where survivors can be coached thru their healing from physical, mental, and social wounds resulting from the trauma of exploitation; Second, to educate our communiities and beyond about the realities of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. What set us apart from others? I get that question often and the first thing that comes to mind is I have personally been on both ends of the spectrum concerning exploited youth. I am a survivor, I work closely with survivors and I am the parent of an amazing young woman that survived commercial sexual exploitation. My personal and professional experiences give me a special insight as to what each survivor and their family need on the journey to recovery. This has not been easy, especially since most communities didn’t want to discuss this topic when I first started. I learned many lessons along the way; first, I can’t or won’t save every child I encounter; some people plant, some water. Second, you have to tell people what you need, no one knows the mind of an entreprenuer. Finally, the promises of God are YES & Amen, when He gives a vision, he makes provision. What I want the world to know about us, is Straight Street Life Center believe in taking the holistic approach to help our clients be happy, healthy and whole individuals; not perfect, but progressing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Of course in the age of covid we’d be mindful of large crowds and social distancing but, that’s a great question and easy too, because I absolutely love Douglas county. I would take my friend to the Blu Rose Art Bistro; the jazziest spot in Historic Downtown Douglasville; they have it all, a great breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; networking, entertainment on select nights and happy hour. I’m a thrifter so we’d visit some of the best kept secrets in Douglasville for shopping; the 10:10 Thrift Store, Loving Hands and Hope Floats Community Thrift & Consignment to name a few. Hanging out at home would be the majority of our week long visit; with sporadic visits from close celebrity friends…lol
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my ABWA sisters. I was introduced to the American Business Women Association by Cathy Hawkins and brought in under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Johnson-Blake. In December of 2020 I became the Fundraising Chair under the leadership of our newly elected President Michelle English. This shout out is to those ladies along with Shevander ‘Cookee’ Dykes, Marigold Edwards, Michelle Spence-Jones and many others I salute you all and I am excited to be surrounded by a group of elite business women.
Sylvia Williamson, Jessica Frazier