our story

Finding that San Diego is the 8th largest city in the U.S. with the issue of Human Trafficking and that there were limited resources for survivors, co-founders Susan Johnson, Nate Alcorn and Kyle Moss incorporated the Alabaster Jar Project. The mission was to provide housing and resources for women who have survived human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The Alabaster Jar Project began as a ministry of The Church at Rancho Bernardo and incorporated as a standalone nonprofit 501(c)3 in 2013, receiving tax exempt status in July of 2014.  It is now comprised of Grace House, a long-term residential program; a Resource Center, a drop-in center that provides clothing, toiletries, programming and Peer Support Group.

Safe Long-term housing

Safe Long-term housing

Peer Support Group

Peer Support Group

Our Resource Center provides clothing free of charge

Our Resource Center provides clothing free of charge

Our History

Funded solely by private donations, we started supporting clients in November of 2014 and housing our first two transitional housing clients in January of 2015. 

  • Incorporated 2013

  • July 2014 Tax Exempt Status

  • November 2014 began supporting clients with tangible basic needs

  • January 2015 began housing our first two clients

  • June 2015 began Resource Center & Peer Support Group

  • December 2015 Partnership established with the Sisters of the Divine Savior โ€“ Hope House, which enabled us to open Grace House

  • March 2016 opened Grace House, a long-term residential program for survivors of human trafficking in North San Diego County 

Currently, we are dedicated to keeping our administrative costs below 20% of our budget with the majority of our budget going directly to client care.  Over 50% of our staff are survivors themselves and add to the quality of our client care, empowering survivors who are empowering their peers. ยท  

Meet the team

key staff members

 
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Susan Johnson, Co-Founder & Director

Susan Johnson, Executive Director & Co-Founder. She has worked in a variety of programs to empower women and girls for over 15 years. She has organized, helped raise awareness and advocated for survivors of trafficking. She co-founded Churches Against Trafficking to engage the Christian community in the anti- trafficking movement in San Diego. She is an Oceanside native whose passion for the trafficked and exploited stems from her own vulnerabilities as a youth and life experiences.

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Marjorie Saylor, Client Services Director

Marjorie Saylor, Client Services Director, Advocate and Survivor Leader. Marjorie has worked with AJP since our beginning. She facilitates our Peer Support Group, provides and implements programming for our clients, screens new clients and residents as well as mentors and provide intensive case management.

 

Board of directors

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Nate Alcorn, Board President

Pastor Nate Alcorn, President & Co-founder After hearing the need from law enforcement for residential programs for survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, Susan and Nate founded Alabaster Jar Project (AJP). He currently works at The Church at Rancho Bernardo as a pastor overseeing volunteerism in the community. He has received a BA in Psychology and MA in Secondary Education. Since formation, Nate has helped build the board, organizational structure, and community partnerships for AJP. His hope is for survivors to experience healing and wholeness.

 
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Kyle Moss, Board Secretary

Kyle Moss, Secretary and Co-founder. Kyle has experience working with domestic and international nonprofit organizations focused on East African issues, including trafficking of young individuals and women, and five years of experience in corporate social responsibility with Qualcomm. She serves as Alabaster Jar Project Board Secretary.

 
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Jared Bauman, Board Treasurer

Jared Bauman, Treasurer.  Jared Bauman is the Co-Founder of 201 Creative Media, a Southern California based digital marketing agency. With almost 20 years of experience in business ownership and management, he brings a rich background of both knowledge and experience in helping companies grow. Jared has a Bachelors of Science from UCSD in Management Science.  He was inspired by Alabaster Jar Project's success rate and desires to see it grow to help more women overcome sexual trafficking & exploitation.