If you have followed our blog and social media, you know that our team works towards healing human trafficking survivors from their trauma by providing them with an array of support services, including housing, practical skills such as self defense classes and cooking classes, support network groups, educational resources, and much needed referrals to medical and mental health providers. We witness their highs and lows on a daily basis, and are always there to cheer them on when they work towards complete independence.
What you may not know is how difficult it is to leave exploitation for good. Survivors often experience emotional trauma even before they are ever exploited, with a vast majority of survivors reporting early childhood abuse. So our team is not only tasked with treating trauma from exploitation, but also decades of unhealthy coping skills, emotional dysfunction, and deep rooted pain that doesn’t go away easily. Women often go into exploitation thinking that it will be a solution to all of these problems, when in reality, it simply maximizes any preexisting trauma symptoms and factors.
This often leads to an array of issues. Most of the women we serve are currently being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and if that wasn’t difficult enough for them, they also usually enter our program with no income, no work history, and often, they are in debt. This makes it difficult for them to get on their own feet at all, let alone finish school and find a job.
“I was homeless for six months before I came to Alabaster Jar Project,” Michelle*, a graduate of our Grace House Residential Program, shares. “I had no money, no job, and if it weren’t for AJP, I probably would still be homeless and have gone back to exploitation.”
Because many cases of exploitation trauma are so severe, we use the Sponsor a Survivor program so our community can do their part in supporting our survivor sisters. Sponsors donate a small, monthly-recurring fee, and depending on the amount of their monthly donation, they can provide for food, daily needs, transportation, or even housing for a survivor for the entire month. We DO make an impact on the lives of women who truly need it, and you can be a part of their healing.
“This program has taught me how to cope with everyday struggles as well as past traumatic events,” Marie*, a current Grace House Resident, shares. “I have been able to gain a sense of stability with the structure of the program. I have completed various courses throughout my time that has boosted my confidence and self esteem. I just took on my first job offer where I will be working part time. I could not have come this far without the love and support that Alabaster Jar Project has given me!”
You can sponsor a survivor our our website. We will give you monthly updates on our survivors’ accomplishments, challenges, and prayer requests. Because their history of trauma is deep-rooted, it makes each step they take toward independence extremely rewarding to witness, and you can be a part of their journey.
Sponsoring YOUR survivor sisters is a long term investment that generates lifelong positive results for the women we serve. We frequently watch our women go from homeless to employed, emotionally healed, and independent in two years or less through our residential program. What you do matters, and it helps our women grow every day.
written by Amanda Moon Ellevis