Because it takes many helping hands to implement all we do for the women we serve, we have spent the last few weeks sharing with you some of our upcoming fundraisers and donation opportunities. Next month marks both the start of our online auction at Charity Auctions Today, where we will auction off donated items and use the funds for our mission, and Giving Tuesday, where your holiday donations can be matched by your employer and other businesses, including Facebook , which promises to match up to seven million dollars in donations this year. This week, we would like to share with you our why: Out of all the charities you can support, why should you support and donate to Alabaster Jar Project?
Alabaster Jar Project’s mission is to restore, rehabilitate, and empower the lives of survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We do this by implementing special services we have designed though partnering with survivors and using their expertise to promote the success of all the women we serve. This is never an easy road for survivors, so we provide them with all the necessary steps it takes to reach independence.
Here are some BIG reasons why you should support us:
- Alabaster Jar Project provides a Drop-In Resource Center which is essential to the San Diegan community.The Center provides basic emergency services for survivors, including providing both fresh and non-perishable foods, second-hand clothing, baby items, hygiene items, and much needed referrals to medical attention and case management. We also use our Center to host meetings and groups, like our weekly support group where we provide a safe space for the survivors in our community to share in fellowship and support each other as they work towards recovery.
- Our Grace House Residential Program produces successful graduates. The survivors who come into our housing program often come to us with major psychological disorders, substance abuse addictions, and without any income. We do all we can to make sure these women get back on track in spite of all their adversities and become productive, financially independent, and empowered members of society. Our residential program has a 93% success rate. 93% of the women we serve at Grace House either graduate our program or go on to pursue other programs continuing a healthy cycle of recovery. That’s a lot to be grateful for!
- Alabaster Jar Project employs survivors. We have a small staff that is made of more than 50% of women who have survived sexual exploitation and trafficking. These women take on responsibilities including Grace House Residential management, social media management, client care, grant proposal writing, support group facilitation, and marketing and journalistic services. We believe that by providing our survivor sisters with both income opportunities and leadership roles, we can not only ensure that our Grace House residents can get a head start on the path to independence, but they are also provided with expert advice on the successful rehabilitation, restoration, and empowerment of new survivors.
- Alabaster Jar Project empowers the survivor voice. Our personnel consults regularly with survivor leaders, including Autumn Burris and Marjorie Saylor, whom we hold as experts in rehabilitation from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We also firmly believe in feedback from our program participants and host evaluations from all clients every 90 days. We believe that by consulting with the women we serve and our own survivor leaders, we can provide the best services possible in the best possible ways.
Recovery from sexual exploitation is not an easy path, and we cannot facilitate it without all our survivor sister’s hard work in our program. We simply provide them with the stepping stones for them to reach empowerment, independence, and the chance at living their best life. Please consider our organization during this season of giving. We are doing all we can to help our San Diegan survivor community