Why should I give to Courtney’s House?
Great question. You know what our mission is – to provide a safe and loving environment for survivors of sex trafficking ages 12 to 21. But what does that actually look like? To help make it clearer, here are some things the five of us have been up to just in the last two weeks:
- One of our survivors encountered an urgent situation and needed housing. Two staff members stayed late into a Friday night making calls and finding her a place. It wasn’t easy, and there was a lot of red tape, but we managed it!
- We received a referral from a concerned parent. Her daughter is 15, has been in pimp-controlled trafficking, and has multiple mental health issues. Our Survivor Services Coordinator has been working with mom and teen to take the necessary steps toward treating her mental health concerns and getting her into appropriate care.
- Another survivor has been dealing with a major bullying situation, which came to a head on a Saturday night. Our Survivor Services Coordinator and a helpful volunteer dropped everything to help her out. They worked with her to get the police involved, secure her safety, and help her cope emotionally.
- We started training our summer interns! There are 6 of them, and they are super.
- Our house has been under construction because a local church raised money to help us get some repairs done. Exciting, but hectic!
- One of our survivors graduated high school, and another one is graduating next week! WAY TO GO!! They also both went to their proms, and we were able to help them get dresses, shoes, makeup, etc. for that. (They were so happy!)
- We got a call from a group in Arizona that needed help finding housing for a 16 year old survivor. We were able to hook them up with some partners of ours in New York who had a bed for the child.
- Tina trained over 250 New York State Police at the annual Crimes Against Children Seminar in Albany, NY.
- Our trash bin got stolen and a kind neighbor helped us replace it. (Who steals trash cans? Jeeze!)
- We’ve received a dozen new volunteer applications, three donations through our Amazon Wish List, and more than 15 inquiries about interviews, volunteer groups, school projects, etc.
- Our Investigative Services team has identified 12 minors online.
That’s a glimpse into our life at Courtney’s House! You can see the wide variety of the work we do, and this is all just in the last two weeks, with our staff of five!
That brings us back toDo More 24: This is a great opportunity for you (and your friends, coworkers, and family) to help Courtney’s House help the survivors we serve.
Courtney’s House is doing great work, but we need your help to keep doing it. Please do what you can to help. Share the link, give a little bit, and ask your friends to do the same.