Restore One

Combating human trafficking and human exploitation by means of public awareness, practical prevention, restorative care and building domestic and international partnerships.

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Restore One featured on WCTI, WNCT and NPR East

Restore One is increasing its media presence and has been featured in two local newscasts and NPR East as part of human trafficking coverage.
 Executive Director, Anna Smith was interviewed last week to compliment a trafficking report on WCTI. In the interview Smith spoke about the lesser known group that is trafficked—underage boys. “Most of the time when we hear about boys, they’re tagged on at the end of a study, or tagged on at the end of a saying or a sentence saying, ‘oh and it happens to boys,” Smith said.       
On Wednesday night, sex trafficking survivor, Carissa Phelps spoke at Hendrix Theatre at ECU after the ‘ECU Walk to Stop Human Trafficking.’ The event was sponsored by several abolitionist groups, including Restore One. WNCT covered the lecture and Restore One was mentioned for its efforts to combat human trafficking on the local level.
Restore One will be reaching out to the media soon about its capital campaign Give For One and Anchor House, the first shelter in the nation for trafficked boys. Pray that our communications with the media are received with favor so that many will join to become freedom fighters.

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Project So Loved launches this week to prevent trafficking


Prevention and education are effective ways to stop human trafficking. Project So Loved begins this week and aims to do both. PSL will use gender specific small groups to educate high risk youth ages 12-18 about human trafficking and how to avoid becoming a part of it.
The female curriculum includes 9 courses and a graduation. It  includes lessons on how to recognize traffickers, how to have a positive self-esteem and how to recognize God’s plan for them. The male curriculum includes 5 courses and a graduation. The males learn how to not become a part of the demand and how to stand up for freedom. Graduates of each program receive a stop human trafficking t-shirt.
PSL begins for females on March 5th and ends on April 30th. For males, it begins on March 26th and ends on April 30th. Prayers are much needed so that the Holy Spirit will work through Restore One leaders and reach the youth that God loves so much.

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Meet Intern Chelsea Henson


Spring Intern of social work Chelsea Henson has always been interested in non-profit work. She will graduate in May 2013 with an Undergraduate degree in Social Work from East Carolina University.

By chance, Henson met Restore One directors in an event hosted by the Social Work Student Association. The Lord had been prodding Henson to become active in the fight against trafficking– but this time she knew that coming alongside Restore One was where she needed to be. Henson is writing the curriculum for Project So Loved. She also does grant writing and shadows Executive Director Anna Smith, who has a degree in social work.

“Interning with Restore One has been an amazing experience so far! This opportunity has allowed me to integrate my faith and passion for others by challenging me to find scripture to support Restore One’s actions, values, and beliefs. I am stoked about everything that Restore One is doing and I am glad to be a part of this wonderful ministry that is bringing forth change,” said Henson.