It is a blessing to see how hard our survivor sisters work to rebuild their lives. Though we provide the necessary stepping stones for success, they must take the steps themselves, and they are absolutely taking step after step. Currently, three of our residential program participants are volunteering at local organizations and are enrolled in academic courses that will prepare them for their ultimate goal of independence. They are learning to work as a team, how to set goals and achieve them, conflict resolution techniques, among many other necessary skills they need to turn their survival into revival. They are on fire!
Although we do all we can within our organization to prepare the women we serve for a truly independent life, our survivor sisters cannot gain true independence without employment. In order to permanently leave exploitation, each survivor must generate their own income. As if it wasn’t hard enough to escape a lifestyle of exploitation and abuse, the pressure is on full-force once our women make the choice to start completely over. We might take our jobs for granted, but to a survivor, a solid, stable job can be their ticket to freedom.
Believe it or not, you may be the solution to this puzzle. If you are a business owner, offering internships for survivors may be the key step in their journey to success. The women we serve are hard working volunteers at local organizations and have used their time with us to build their knowledge of work environments, educate themselves, gain skills, and compose their resumes with valid work experience. They are, as are many new survivors, perfect candidates for your workforce.
There is an old proverb which says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Our intention is to teach our women how to independently sustain themselves so they can have a long, fulfilling life. An invariable part of that equation is employment, and every new opportunity that becomes available for them will increase their chances of success.
We thank you for your continued support of our survivor sisters and their journeys. They remain hard-working, humble, and determined women, and we are all grateful for your prayers for their healing and success.