Outreach to women involved in the commercial sex trade in our county through Pop-Up at the Laundromat, and the John School.
Next step: Gather start-up funding and volunteers to open “LightHouse Dog Treats.” In addition to becoming a funding stream, we want to be able to hire women from the Pop-Up program on a cash basis, to give them the dignity of an honorable paycheck.
Long and longer range: Create a safe house program for helping survivors move from victims, to survivors, to triumphant thrivers! Processing trauma, and addressing life skill deficits take both time and energy unavailable without some external support. Create transitional housing. This would involve a multi-plex housing unit. Full time employment would be required. Rent would be paid as a percentage of income. If their car blew up, or they lost their job, they would not be on the street again at the end of the month. This enables survivors to learn to walk in their liberty with a safety net.
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