Posted on August 15, 2014 by Laura Courtney in Blog.
Our office has been getting so many baby shower gift deliveries this past week! Our survivor and her new baby girl will be so blessed by all the generosity of so many individuals!!
And…the End Slavery Tennessee office is expanding! We have had workmen in the office this past week making a new hole in the wall opening into on our new office space that will allow us to grow and facilitate new programs such as a resource center for survivors to engage in hands-on computer experience, course work, and job searches.
Also this week:
Jill Swartz, one of our volunteers and presenters, visited the office early Monday morning to drop off several survivor rescue kits that the women of White House First United Methodist put together to give to her after a presentation she gave about End Slavery Tennessee and the reality of human trafficking. We are so excited about the possibility of partnering with this wonderful group of women and their organization!
Karen’s Soroptimist International of Music City group came into the office Tuesday evening to put together more rescue kits as well as some food kits. In total, they made 33 kits for us to give to new referrals and rescues!
Tuesday morning, Shelia took a trip to Memphis to pick up one of our survivors who decided she was ready to come home! We are so glad to have her back with us! She was already asking about starting her GED classes again and looking for a job. On their way home, they stopped at the office to visit. Our survivor brought along her puppy who she rescued from abuse and near-death!
Alissa Shear did a presentation to a group of Lipscomb freshmen on Thursday and took them on a door hanger event afterwards. This is such a great way to help keep youth knowledgeable and involved with this issue and our organization.
Friday, our volunteer IT tech guru Marcus came in to install a new conference calling device for us in our conference room. We are so hi-tech because of him!
This Saturday, Karen will be hosting a training for volunteers who are looking to get more involved with our organization and get educational background and understanding about the issue of human trafficking in our area, and what we as an organization are doing to end slavery in Tennessee!