It is a difficult thing to realize that slavery is still happening in this world. It is happening in other countries, as well as right here in the United States. It is happening in the form of human trafficking, domestic servitude, unpaid labor and sexual exploitation. The statistics with regards to human traffficking are sobering, but there are ways everyone can help fight this tragedy. On Saturday October 4th, Vineyard Christian Fellowship of the Peninsula is hosting a 5k, the proceeds of which will be given to two organizations that are helping survivors of human trafficking, Freedom House and Hagar International. Freedom House brings hope, restoration and a new life to victims who want to rebuild their lives after escaping from their oppressors. In 2010, Freedom House opened The Monarch, the first safe home and long-term aftercare program of its kind devoted to adult female survivors of human trafficking in Northern California. The Nest, its home and aftercare program for girls ages 12 to 17, opened last year. For more information about Freedom House, please visit www.FreedomHouseSF.org. With our first 5K in 2013, we were able to raise $6,600 To help the victims of human trafficking. In 2014, we were able to raise over $7200. At our last 5K, we raised $12,245 to help the victims of human trafficking. Please join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00am at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. We are hoping to raise even more money this year and more awareness! Some of our sponsors include: Palo Alto Vineyard Church.