Our Foundation gives beyond the urgently needed items for survival. These victims have been robbed of their childhood. Things like birthday and holiday presents, clothing, hair products and the usual, everyday life stuff has been missing from most of our youths’ lives.
One-on-one mentoring and tutoring are very important roles we play in the lives of those we serve. We mentor foster kids and Learning Works students, as well as emancipated youth to secure jobs, further education or training, and help them realize their dreams for what they want to do in life.
We love unconditionally. Victims of sex trafficking and abuse can be deeply damaged. Unconditional love is priceless to children who have no self-love.
Things We Do
Our activities are designed to be fun and informative while teaching life skills and allowing those we serve to experience activities they were robbed of in their upbringing.
- Arts and crafts – one of the favorites amongst the youth!
- Sewing class to demonstrate and teach beginner sewing basics.
- Back to school bingo.
- ABCs of Money that teaches earning, saving and budgeting of money.
- Cooking classes to demonstrate and teach basic cooking skills and nutrition.
- Fitness and exercise classes.
- Make-up and hair activities in which professionals come in and teach classes to properly demonstrate how to create looks for school, future job interviews or just day-to-day.
- Summer activities like outdoor barbecues, dance parties with a DJ, backyard games, and ice cream socials.
- We host a Give Back activity each year where they make fleece blankets for hospice patients.
- Family style game nights.
- How to garden and basics of gardening.
- & more!
Each and every holiday is celebrated! Here’s a little bit on what we do…
- Easter Baskets for Easter morning.
- Halloween Pizza Party with festive music, crafts, face painting, costumes and games.
- Thanksgiving “Dinner of Thanks” – a sit down, family style Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings. We use this as an opportunity to teach dining skills and proper etiquette.
- Christmas tree trimming.
- Christmas Party with a big buffet, games and a special appearance from Santa with gifts for each of the girls.
- New Year’s Eve care packages with fun and festive decorations, snack, and games.
- Valentine’s Tea with a high-tea style setting in which we teach proper etiquette and dining skills.
Renovations & Home Improvements
Here are a few of the things we have accomplished so far:
- Community Room (gut and renovation) to hold group gatherings and trainings.
- Zen Room renovation with aerobic floors for yoga and meditation classes.
- Locker Room renovation with larger lockers for personal items.
- Study Lab renovation.
- Refurbished homes with new floorings, carpet, paint, window dressings, chalkboard wall, upholstered and refinished furniture.
- Built-in wall shelving units with big screen TVs.
- Assisted in bathroom remodel.
- Built planting boxes for gardening.
- Creation of basketball and volleyball courts, and outdoor sitting area with large roll of artificial turf.
Provide Assistance, On-going Support & Needs
We provide assistance and on-going support for education, clothing, transportation allowances, and many other basic necessities to increase self-sufficiency. Here are a few examples of things we give:
- Technology for remote learning needs such as iPads and Chromebooks. In 2020 alone, we secured and gave over 100 Chromebooks and iPads!
- Emancipation gifts that youth can request for their transition to independent living.
- Welcome baskets for youth that include a robe, slippers, toiletries, towels and water bottle.
- Beds, mattresses and linens for CSEC victims placed in non-foster care homes.
- Clothing for those with no personal belongings or no means to obtain new clothing including ladies, gentlemen, teen, children and babies.
- Various baby items including (but not limited to) strollers, car seats, cribs, and changing tables.
- Lyft transportation to medical and other appointments.
- Gift cards for Target, Amazon, gas, and more.
- Assist in finding jobs and future job training for recent graduates and offer to cover application fees, transportation and equipment needs for new job or school.
We Opened Up “Shop”!
We have a “shop” where we allow youths and young adults in-crisis, at risk, homeless or in foster care, and victims of Sex Trafficking to come in and pick-up items they may need.
These items range from clothing for ladies, gentlemen, teen, children and babies; Household goods like pots, pans, dishes, glassware, small appliances, linens, and bedding; Various baby items such as strollers, highchairs, car seats; Books; Toys; Electronics; Luggage and more.
These items have been donated to us, and we allow these girls to come in and pick-up things they may need free of charge.
Development and Funding for Safe Housing and Temporary Housing
We provide temporary housing for in special or emergency situations when shelter is needed for youths and young adults in-crisis.
We are currently working on securing a facility to provide 30-day housing for homeless teens and young adults.