Restore One to launch “Give for One” capital campaign to raise money for the home
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GREENVILLE, NC— Approximately 100,000 to 300,000 American youth are victims of sex trafficking, according to ECPAT International. Restore One, a non-profit based in Greenville that combats human trafficking, will provide the nation’s first shelter for male domestic minor sex trafficking and exploited (DMST) victims. Its capital campaign, “Give for One” launched this month with the goal of raising $310,000 for the shelter, which will open January 2014.
“In my years working with sex trafficking victims, I discovered that there was a common need for shelter programs designed specifically to meet their needs and that allowed clients to feel stable and secure,” said Executive Director Anna Smith, who is a native of Greenville and graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in religion and social work.
Anchor House will be licensed under the State of North Carolina as a Residential Care Facility. It will be the first shelter in the U.S. for DMST boys upon opening. North Carolina is a hot spot for traffickers, and consistently ranks in the top 10 for reported cases of trafficking in the nation according to the FBI.
Anchor House will be designed to meet psychological, physical and sociological needs of sex trafficked and sexually exploited boys. The shelter will offer free Christian-based residential recovery programs. Victims will receive holistic approaches and proven clinical methods. Restore One will work with colleagues with established shelters to provide the best programs and care available.
“Restore One cannot open this shelter alone. I’ve always heard it takes a community to raise a child. I believe it will take the community coming together to open the Anchor House,” said President Chris Smith.
About Restore One: Restore One seeks to combat human trafficking and human exploitation by means of public awareness, practical prevention, restorative care and building domestic and international partnerships. For fact sheets and additional information visit: Restoreonelife.org