From 65th Wife of Warren Jeffs to Advocate
"It’s my dream to see this compound turned into a safe house and refuge for victims - a place where they can heal, grow, get educated and find their strength and happiness. They need a safe place surrounded by others who can understand what they have been through and who can give them hope for a better tomorrow" - Briell Decker
Escaped from the FLDS
Established the Short Creek Dream Center
Advocate for Life recovery, trauma, & freedom
Meet Briell Decker
History of the FLDS & Colorado City
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) emerged in the early 20th century when it’s founding members were excommunicated from the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) after they refused to abandon the practice of plural marriage. Colorado City, formerly known as Short Creek, was established by a few families and in the 1930s became the home of Fundamentalist Mormons (FLDS). They chose this remote location so that they could freely practice polygamy after breaking ties with the mainline mormon religion. The FLDS in Short Creek were hit with government raids and has historically caused them to view the outside world and the government as dangerous. This set the stage for Warren Jeff’s to rise to power whose teachings and method of leading the FLDS has caused extraordinary pain.
Who is Warren Jeffs?
Warren Jeffs changed the fabric of the Short Creek Community when he rose to power. A self-proclaimed prophet to the people of the FLDS he caused an immeasurable amount of pain for the people. In 2002, Warren gained control of the FLDS, transforming the town and taking 80 wives for himself. In 2007, he was sentenced to life plus twenty years in prison for taking child brides and sexual abuse with girls as young as 12. Briell Decker, who had been given to Jeff’s as a teen bride, was eventually awarded his old compound which she had hopes of transforming into a place of healing and refuge for people in the community as they healed from Warren Jeff’s tyrannical rule. Today, that dream has become a reality. What once was a place that carried many traumatic memories has become a place of restoration and recovery. The old compound has been repurposed into the Short Creek Dream Center and provides education opportunities, skills training, crisis housing, trauma counseling, and much more to the people here.
History of the Short Creek Dream Center
Founded in 2017, the Short Creek Dream Center opened to provide a safe space for women and children escaping human trafficking and domestic violence. The Center provides shelter, food, and life enrichment classes to its residents for free with the goal of directly supporting those escaping abuse and finding a new life.