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BRANCH A NEW BEGINNING INC's Fundraiser:

Help Build a House

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THE STORY:

We are building safe housing for adult victims of human trafficking. With over 600,000 victims just across the United States (that we know of), there are only 300+ dedicated beds for these victims.

Having a safe place to recover is a lengthy process for trafficked victims. Many facilities are not set up to meet the needs of victims. What makes them so special compared to other victims?

More than likely they have been captured as a minor, which means their neurological development has been stunted due to being raised in a fight or flight mode. Their emotional development is rash and not prone to reasoning like many individuals.

They need extensive counseling and support from people who will love them where they are at in their recovery. It is not an easy road.

Another aspect to consider is how they are treated. When first trapped into the culture of trafficking, they are tortured physically and emotionally into submission. Top that with multiple rapes and lack of trust of anyone. They cannot walk away easily, if at all. When working with a trafficked victim to try and get them out of the life of "prostitution", it takes anywhere between 7-10 times before they realize what have occurred to them. Not an easy process.

Victims need time to work through very severe issues. For example, one victim wouldn't take a bath or shower because they were tortured with water. Where else would they be able to overcome that type of fear?

So building a suitable place where victims can come to recover and take the time necessary in a long-term facility is important. Not all victims to survivors are long-term care, but we want to provide that option for them.

We have taken a house down to the core foundations. We have increased the square footage, need to put in all new electrical, heating & cooling, and new plumbing. Everything has been designed with the victim in mind.

Help us build a safe place for victims to become survivors!

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