Project I See You creates cross-cultural experiences that invest in women’s worth and value, ultimately leading to change in our lives and communities. We empower women both at home and around the world by connecting lives, nurturing relationships with each other and God, and working on projects together for personal and economic growth. There is something powerful that happens when reciprocal, long-term development and relationships unfold.
We exist to pour into woman’s worth and value.
When our work is done we will all see ourselves as God sees us, leading to transformation in our lives and communities.
We believe that...
... being seen and valued is transformative in and of itself.
... making space to connect, to create, to play, and to rest tells us about our truest identities.
... community is essential to the restoration of the human heart.
... we need to honor the feminine image of God.
... we are created to give what we have been given.
... poverty and extravagance dance together.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: A seven to ten day trip, with a team of ten to fifteen people, Immersion Trips are designed to expose you to Dominican culture, the women of La Canita, God, and to your own self. We take two to three Immersion Trips each year, including women’s trips, mother/daughter trips, and family trips. The focus is on personal formation and social action. We have seen this liminal space is essential for many of us to launch into our passions and calling. Click here to see about upcoming immersion trips.
DENVER: A weekend experience for women to engage "the other" in their own city. This Friday evening to Sunday morning is designed to expose you to life that is all around you. You will meet people that you might never ever talk to and be invited into longer term relationships that you may not have started otherwise. We are excited to be hosting our first Denver Immersion Trip in March 2016. For more info click here.
Centro Te Veo: Since 2009 we have been meeting with the women of La Canita and now they have taken on the identity of Project I See You. They ARE Project I See You. Centro Te Veo is a women's empowerment center that we are currently building on the border of La Canita and La Victoria. To read more about the center click here.
Te Veo Jewelry: In 2010 the women of La Canita began making jewelry and by the next year we were helping them buy and sell their products. Through selling this jewelry and other products many of them have been able to significantly improve their homes, put pipes from a local well into their neighborhood, and raise much of the money needed to pay for the build of Centro Te Veo. In 2016 we began working with Freedom Collective International to develop a boutique-quality line of jewelry to boost the newly formed co-op's sales. And to bring further economic empowerment and education to the women of La Canita. To purchase this beautiful jewelry click here.
Circle Round: Our desire is to pour into women’s worth and value AT HOME as well as around the world. And in ways that do not compete with our already hectic schedules. A few times a year we gather for Circle Round in Denver. A time for women in Denver to listen, share, connect, and enjoy. To see when our next Circle Round is click here.
Vision Trips: Our leaders, both in Denver and La Canita, are open to traveling to new places! In 2015 we traveled to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti with a dream to travel there with the women of La Canita in the next year or two. In the meantime, the women of La Canita are reaching out to a neighboring community and stepping into their own calling. If you would like Project I See You to come to your community, let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project I See You was birthed out of a relationship between a church in the Denver metro area, Lookout Mountain Community Church, and a church in La Victoria, Dominican Republic in 1995. From this two of our leaders, Angie Johnston and Mercy Tucker, ended up living there with their families.
In May 2009, while Mercy was still living there, Angie led a trip of local Denver leaders to La Victoria and to meet the women of La Canita (on the outskirts of La Victoria). We all had such a blast getting to know these women through teaching, going to beach, washing their feet, eating meals together. And we were also struck by how life changing and impactful it was for each of us in our own lives. Our first group called ourselves “Healing Circle of Women.” We knew we had to come back.
Soon there after, Mercy and her family moved back to Colorado and another team began to meet and dream of a trip to the Dominican Republic. In 2011 we took our second trip and soon realized it was about “really” being seen and “really” seeing others. The name Project I See You was birthed.
Since that time we have been on this wild ride of leading two immersion trips each year, walking alongside the women of La Canita in their economic development and all of our spiritual and relational healing. We have branched out into things we could never have imagined: installing a well, developing a jewelry business, taking mother/daughter trips, family trips, and dreaming of trips to other places.
For the first five years of our existence, Project I See You was run by volunteers. Many of us are still offering our time and hearts today in various capacities.
Our Leads Team (also includes Staff)
Tammy Breeser - DR Immersion Experiences
Telly DeBoarts - Fan-base Communications
Angie Johnston - Leadership Development and Organizational Pastor
Kelly Campbell - DR Jewelry and Co-Op Development Contractor
Susie Knezel - Centro Te Veo
Mercy Tucker - Co-Director: Immerse Denver Focus
Amanda Pennington - Local Connections Pastor
Diane Urbano – Administrative Manager
Lizzy Wagner – Co- Director: DR Focus
Immersion Trip Leaders