While recognizing that not all are qualified to offer direct care services for those rescued from labor and sex trafficking, Mission Centers of Houston holds the belief that everyone has a hugely vital role to play in combating modern-day slavery. One such commitment that the faith community can offer is in supporting the hands-on work of highly trained case workers, counselors, psychologists, trauma specialists, legal representatives and law enforcement officers through prayer, volunteer hours and tangible resources. In conjunction with Houston’s 6th annual human trafficking awareness month, we are currently seeking individual sponsors as well as church partners who are willing to show a 4-minute video piece highlighting the pressing issue of human trafficking in our city during their service, Bible study or small group on Sunday, September 23rd. We are also looking for those who would be interested in participating in a donation drive for Freedom Place as sponsored by Mission Centers of Houston that will last from Sunday, September 23rd until Tuesday, October 2nd. There will be a donation bin held at the Mildred McWhorter Missionary Building where Mission Centers of Houston houses our administrative offices. There will be additional donation bins available for item drop offs in the foyer of participating churches.
A comprehensive, Christ-centered care & recovery center for underage female victims of domestic child sex trafficking, Freedom Place is the first facility of its kind in the state of Texas. Requested items for Freedom Place include:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Nair products (NO RAZORS ALLOWED)
- Pepto bismol
- Cough drops
- Swim suits (ONLY ONE PIECE)
- Exercise shorts
- SOCKS: we need house socks since no one is allowed to wear shoes inside, including fuzzy socks or house socks with grippies on the bottom, socks in fun colors and/or running socks
- Sports bras
- Liner bags for small trash cans
- Grocery store gift cards to buy fresh fruit & meat products
- G- and PG-rated DVDs
- Plastic cutlery
- Hair straighteners
For more information on how to get involved with the donation drive taking place from September 23rd until October 2nd, contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.