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Michele M. Newsome, Director of The Porch Light

Michele Newsome staffMichele M. Newsome serves as the program director for The Porch Light, a program to rescue and restore child victims of domestic sex trafficking. She is responsible for the oversight of the victims, staff and volunteers of the program’s safe home, as well as education and prevention efforts.

Michele graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University and served in law enforcement as a police officer and detective for 24 years. She worked as a patrol officer, school resource officer and as a detective investigating crimes against children to include emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Michele retired from law enforcement after her tenure in the Office of Professional Standards Internal Affairs Unit.

A graduate of Webster University, Michele has her Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling. She is a registered intern working toward licensure. She has a history of working with victims of sexual abuse, offenders and those with sexual addictions.

Michele is a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland and is a member of the F.A.I.T.H Riders motorcycle ministry. She and her husband, Buddy, are co-founders of F.A.I.T.H. Riders. Michele and Buddy have been married 18 years and have 3 grown children and 5 adopted children they sponsor in Moldova.

Michele and Buddy enjoy traveling and serving orphaned children in Moldova by partnering with Justice and Mercy International to sponsor orphaned and abandoned children into transitional living. Transitional living affords these children hope and the opportunity to succeed while keeping them from entering a life of crime and trafficking.

To contact Michele M. Newsome:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone 863-687-8811
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