In addition to her infant son, Stephanie also has daughter, 3. The temptation for quick money is always there, even when she is out helping Lobert with her "Hookers for Jesus" mission. "I was tempted last night. I'd seen a couple of guys walking by themselves looking at men and I was like, 'oh, he looks like he got some money.'"
Stephanie kept her mind on the task at hand, but it wasn't easy.
"I went from making $1,500, $2,000, $2,500 a day in just a few hours to making $8.50 an hour. That's what -- 50, 60 buck a day?" But because she wants to set the right example for her young daughter, she knows there is no going back to that life. "It's not worth going back. It's not worth losing the self-respect that I've gained."
On a recent Saturday night, Lobert, Tammy, Lauren and Stephanie shared a pew with other former prostitutes. Following the service, both Tammy and Lauren were called to the front of the hall for a special prayer, each one surrounded by fellow church members who supported them as they gave in to the blessings bestowed by Perez as he asked for God to bring them peace.
Tammy summed it up. "You walk in the door and you just feel loved."
For Lobert, bringing these women of the night off the street and into church is her life's calling. "They are still daughters. They are still sisters. They are human. They are real. They are not some rejected tramp or some rejected leper that can't be loved."