May 30, 2017
Dear Humanitarian Aid Fund Friends:
We are so thankful for you and the Humanitarian Aid Fund. The staff of Gracehaven works very hard in serving minor victims of human trafficking, but we simply would not have the resources needed to complete the task without supporters like you.
Our residential house has been open for a year and a half. While it is a challenge dealing with such traumatized young people, we continue to love and serve them through the grace of God. I’m particularly moved by this letter from a young lady who “graduated” from our program at the house:
“I’ve grown into a wiser young lady and I have learned from Gracehaven…I learned that I can handle what I feel, what I do, and anything that happens in my life. I don’t want to be a victim my whole life, or anymore! I want to be a survivor. IAM A SURVIVOR!! My goal in life is to help others, to prevent them from going through what I did. I never knew how strong I was until I became a part of the Gracehaven family. I WILL succeed in my life, my recovery and I will work hard until I can get to the point where I can look back and say, ‘Man, I’ve come really far!’ I thank Gracehaven and God for helping me get through the biggest challenge in my life!”
We also continue to train and educate adults and teens in how to recognize and report girls who have been trafficked. We’ve taught our Human Trafficking 101 program to 4,208 high school students in dozens of area schools. We’ve also trained 2,001 nurses, social workers, first responders and hair stylists in our Intervention Training curriculum. At every program, attendees are struck by how commonplace minor sex trafficking actually is, and how they can actively work to combat it.
Our social workers are diligently working with dozens of survivors who are living in foster care, juvenile detention settings or other community based locations.
Please pray for Gracehaven as we continue to add girls to the house, and for our outreach efforts. It’s been an especially exciting year, and we anticipate even more healing for these young victims of domestic minor sex trafficking in 2017.
We look forward to another year of effective and strategic ministry together.