Everything about this girl's story was not okay for teens to be watching, except the teens in the quadruple locked facility that we have to be escorted into. The facility that contains panic buttons, security cameras, metal detectors....and our group of teens who actually NEED to be watching this, or they may not survive when (IF) they return to life on the outside.
TNC spent the morning with South Dakota Pubilc Broadcasting talking all things Zero is Possible and Human Trafficking in our community. We talked about upcoming bills, prevention efforts, red flags, and the things in between. We are so thankful for all the conversation starters in our community! Click the link below to check out our full interview!
Today, January 31st, Human Trafficking Awareness Month comes to an end but TNC knows that our work is far from over.
We sat across from a woman this week who had been exploited by multiple traffickers for the majority of her life and was at a complete loss as to what to do next with her life.
We told her she mattered.
We told her that we believed her.
We told her she didn't deserve what happened to her.
We told her her past does not define her future and she CAN move forward from this.
But we know it won't be easy. Once in the life victims experience immense trauma and abuse, making it an extremely painful and long rehabilitation process. TNC is here to walk alongside these victims but we also know there is a better way to get invested in this issue.
By investing in The New Colossus you are investing in the programs that could save our teens from this life. You are investing in weekly empowerment and education groups led at our Juvenile Detention Centers for our most at risk kids. You are investing in screening tools we are developing for medical personnel, counselors, first responders, teachers, property managers, and so many more. You are investing in the building of bridges between communities, victims, and those on the front lines so not one more girl or boy gets lured into this violent and abuse filled life.
You are investing in PREVENTION of sex trafficking.
Join us in the launch of our new campaign, ZERO IS POSSIBLE. Because with YOUR help, it is.
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We want to share with you, a story of a passionate girl, driven by a conviction of her heart.
Meet Delaney. Delaney is 15 and from Logan, Iowa.
Last summer, Delaney attended a youth conference and was given a sealed envelope with a card inside. On that card, was a challenge, that should you decide to open the card, you must commit to fulfilling the challenge written on it.
When Delaney opened her card, she was shocked!
She was to consolidate her closet down to JUST 10 OUTFITS and sell the rest, giving the money to a non profit of her choice.
A GIRL’S WORST NIGHTMARE!
Delaney committed to this challenge but decided she wasn’t going to settle for just what her clothes could bring in, and called upon her church and community to join her in this venture by bringing donations to her church in preparation for a LARGE rummage sale to be held the following week.
After many, many trips up and down the stairs of the church, Delaney had a room FULL of donations.
Items at the rummage sale were not marked, and people were asked to give a free will donation.
Throughout the day, Delaney watched people be blessed, who needed it most.
One family came, nearly in tears, as they were able to fill their home, and clothe their family after recently losing everything they owned in a fire.
If the story stopped here, it would be considered an incredible testament of how a little bit can go a long way…a little loving of our neighbors, can bring safety and relief.
The rummage sale was a success.
Delaney also happens to be my cousin. She and her family came to Sioux Falls last weekend to visit, and as we were sitting around the kitchen, she began to share this story without telling me the non profit she had chosen. I was listening intently, just waiting to see how this story ended.
Delaney walked over to me with a wood box and told me the non-profit she had chosen was The New Colossus.
Before I could even open the box, tears came rolling down my face. I’m crying right now as I type this because I am so incredibly moved by the heart, conviction, & obedience to follow a call this girl possesses.
I opened the box, read the card, and asked if I should open the money envelope. “Yes! You have to see how much is in there!”
Because Delaney committed to a challenge the Lord gave her, sacrificed, and took it a step further by asking her community to join her, she was able to present The New Colossus with $1,800!
I called Polly right away and told her to come to my parents house, I had something to show her.
After a couple of challenging weeks, leaving Polly and I weary yet hopeful that we were on the edge of breakthrough, Delaney shows up and blesses us. The gift she gave us goes beyond the dollar amount. The best gift she gave us was NEW LIFE.
We love you, Delaney! We can’t wait to come share our passion with your school and the rest of your community.
We’ll be watching you, girl. Promise us you will take us with you on at least a couple of your crazy adventures around the world.
On Saturday, September 5th we hosted the 1st annual Run to Reclaim Human Worth in beautiful Downtown Sioux Falls. We were honored to have a representative there from Kristi Noem's office there to read a personal letter from the Congresswoman; as well as more than 60 runners, walkers, and volunteers in attendance ready to Reclaim Human Worth in our community. We can't say thank you enough to our amazing family, friends, volunteers, and supporters for an incredible morning. We also would be remiss if we didn't thank our amazing sponsors Lloyd Companies, Dental Essence, and Tapestry International/Call to Freedom.
We are in the processes of planning the 2nd Annual Run to Reclaim and can't wait to see all of you again next year!! Stay tuned as we work on our upcoming speaking schedule and future events.
Until next time,
~Polly and Ashley
We hope to blog regularly so that you, as our supporter, are able to have a sneak peek into our heart and soul behind what we do. Sometimes we will blog about new and exciting things! ... sometimes we will blog about our heavy hearts. Our transparency will hopefully serve as an opportunity to gain greater understanding and fuel passion and a desire to seek justice for all.