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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Release: Stand For One gala to raise funds for nations first shelter for trafficked boys

GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA—Over 500 local and national abolitionists will gather for the “Stand for One Gala” on Sep. 26 to raise $70,000 for the first shelter for trafficked males in the U.S. that will be spearheaded by local nonprofit, Restore One.
“The Stand for One gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Every dollar donated is a step closer to our goal to open doors to sex trafficked boys through The Anchor House,” said PR Director Persida Montanez.
The gala will begin at 7 p.m. and will be located at the Rock Spring Center in Greenville. It is the second gala that Restore One hosts. The first, which was held on Oct. 2014, was attended by over 400 guests. The gala will include dinner, live music, guest speakers and a silent auction.
Michael Cusick, they keynote speaker, is the Founder and President of Restoring the Soul Ministries, who serves as an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and is the author of Surfing for God. Cusick’s personal testimony and heart for healing from sexual baggage and brokenness parallels with Restore One’s mission to restore sex trafficked boys and men.
Rebecca Bender, a former sex trafficking victim and founder of Rebecca Bender Ministries, will be the master of ceremonies. Bender is also an award winning, internationally recognized speaker, author and survivor leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery.
“Attendees and donors are as much a part of The Anchor House as the staff and the foundation upon which The Anchor House will be built. Those that will be in attendance are Restore One,” said Montanez.
Tickets are on-sale online.
For more information about the event visit the Restore One website: restoreonelife.org
Watch a video recap of last year’s gala.

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Second annual gala: date, presenters and speakers

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On Friday September 26th, 2014 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, North Carolina, Restore One will be hosting our second annual benefit Gala titled, “Stand for One.”  Cusick, Founder and President of Restoring the Soul Ministries, who serves as an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and author of Surfing for God, will be our keynote speaker for the evening. Cusick’s personal testimony and heart for healing from sexual baggage and brokenness parallels with Restore One’s mission to restore sex trafficked boys and men. The night of the Gala will be filled with music, dinner, and a silent auction. For more information on Cusick, please visit www.restoringthesoul.com

This years Master of Ceremonies for the Stand for One Gala will Rebecca Bender founder of Rebecca Bender Ministries.  Bender was lured out of a small town in Oregon at the vulnerable age of 18. Forced into a life of sex trafficking, Bender was sold around the country for nearly six years. It was in a local church that Bender found healing and restoration. She is an award winning, internationally recognized speaker, author and Survivor Leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery. Last year, Rebecca and her husband founded Rebecca Bender Ministries, which brings a message of hope to the masses with a radical and fresh perspective on what it means to live in alignment with God’s will in a modern culture like today. Bender’s remarkable story of overcoming a life of sex trafficking has led her to dedicate her life to positively impacting the world. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their four lively daughters.
http://www.rebeccabender.org/
 

 


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5 Ways to Turn Interest into Action in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking

Introducing guest blogger and abolitionist, Rebecca Potzner. Visit her website here and follow her on Twitter. 

Over the years, awareness for sex trafficking has increased and still continues to along with our interest to help. While it’s important for us to be aware of the issues that surround us, it is even more important to act on them.  To turn our interest into action, here are five ways to join the fight against sex trafficking.

1. Educate yourself          

To make a difference, it’s important to truly understand what we’re up against.  You can start by researching online through sites such as the Polaris Project, the U.S. Department of State, and of course blogs like Restore One. There are also many documentaries that cover the issue, as well.

2. Take to Social Media

We’re always busy posting and sharing content on our social media accounts. So, why not share content that brings light to the issue? While you’re researching, share an article, photo, or video that caught your attention. There are even petitions you can ask your friends and followers to sign. It’s a simple action to slip into your everyday routine.

3. Write to your local and state government representatives

Different areas have laws and programs that can be changed to help eliminate sex trafficking in the states. Send a letter to your local and state representatives asking how they’re working towards a solution.  Taking it a step further, make it personal and express your interest for change

4. Spend a little money

There are many organizations working to help victims and end sex trafficking that you can donate. Organizations such as Transitions Global, give people the opportunity to sponsor survivors. By sponsoring, you are personally impacting a life. In Transition Global’s case, the money you donate goes towards a girl’s care and education.

5. Join an organization

 Join forces with others by getting involved with an organization. Whether it’s student run or nationally led, they can lead you towards countless options to stay engaged in the fight including awareness events, fundraisers, and even engagement trips.


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In NYC: the gift of freedom

Introducing guest blogger and abolitionist, Raleigh Sadler:

When you think of NYC, Santa is probably last on your list, even if you check it twice. However, Santa Claus – as we know him- was born in Manhattan. Jeremy Seal, a New York Times contributing author, quotes a Cincinnati Newspaper from 1844 stating that “the sterling old Dutchman, Santa Claus, has just arrived from the renowned region of Manhattan, “with his usual budget of knickknacks for the Christmas times.”  Manhattan is where the commercialized Santa Claus originated. The eyes of every child in America were on NYC each year as they eagerly awaited the gifts that Santa had packed onto his sleigh. However as we all know, Santa did not stay in NYC.

The reason that Santa left Manhattan for a more spacious address up north is simple. In the late 19th century, the city was steadily becoming urbanized. With the massive influx of the “tired, poor, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free” (as Emma Lazarus so eloquently stated in her poem, A New Colossus), Santa was forced to make a decision. Rather than trying to explain to their children that Santa Lived in a tenement house on the lower east side, parents began explaining that the Claus family lived in the North Pole.

To this day, New York is a place where people from every nation find refuge. Currently, there are approximately 800 languages spoken in the greater metro area. As a Christian, I see New York City as a place where one person can actually fulfill the Great Commission. But with this rampant immigration and urbanization comes a sinister side. Not everyone who lives here is here by choice. The vulnerable populations, “the tired, the poor, and the huddle masses” are the very people that are being exploited for the commercial gain of others. The global nature of the urban context invites the scourge of human trafficking.

The Department of Justice reports that JFK airport is one of the top five airports where victims enter the country. One may find a potential victim in any one of the city’s illegal Asian Massage Parlors, or residential brothels. The person that sells you fish in china town or the child that sells you fruit snacks on the subway could be being exploited as well. According to the National Institute of Justice, there are nearly 4,000 children being trafficked at any given time in New York City.

There is not one community in the city that has not been touched by this evil in some way. But there is hope. In every neighborhood where there is suffering, there is a church. My passion is to see the local church rise to the occasion and care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst. The church is a sleeping giant in the fight against exploitation. I believe that God’s  plan to end injustice on a global scale in the church and God doesn’t have a plan B.

Yet, before we care for the hurting, we must open our eyes. In other words, we will never be the hands and feet of Christ, unless we are his eyes and ears. We will never attempt to love anyone if we don’t know that they exist.

So that is where I come in. I work with local churches and Christian organizations all over the city to help them develop a strategic plan for caring for the weak and vulnerable. Whether it is through panel discussions, large events, or one on one meetings, I seek to inform, inspire, and equip other Christians to live out their faith in a boldly compassionate way. To learn more about my ministry, please check out my website, www.raleighsadler.com. It’s time that we turn our eyes back to NYC.

Raleigh Sadler is a recognized speaker and human trafficking awareness advocate. As a speaker, his work has taken him to universities and churches across the country speaking on issues of the Gospel and social justice. Having been featured both nationally and internationally, he is seen as an authority in the field of human trafficking abolition. Follow Raleigh on Twitter and visit his website.


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“Stand for One” gala sponsors: thank you

On October 10th at the Greenville Hilton, Restore One will be hosting the gala,  “Stand for One.” Funds will go towards RO’s first shelter, “The Anchor House.” This shelter is the first of its kind in the U.S. because it will serve male minors exclusively.  Bellow are  our sponsors for this gala. On behalf of RO staff and the boys that will receive care at “The Anchor House” : thank you.

Presenting Sponsor – Edwards Pharmacy

 

Project So Loved Sponsor – Jimmy Johns of Greenville, NC
Project So Loved Sponsor – Minges Bottling Group Inc
Project So Loved Sponsor – Ignite Church
Project So Loved Sponsor – Rose Hill FWB Church
Project So Loved Sponsor – Cross Pointe Church
Project So Loved Sponsor – Overton Group Reality
Project So Loved Sponsor – East Carolina Kiddy College
Project So Loved Sponsor – The Smart Law Firm

Project So Loved Sponsor-Open Door Church

Project So Loved Sponsor -Solar Creations

Project So Loved Sponsor – Pearl Ministry (New Bern, NC)

Freedom Fighter sponsor-Goodwin Construction

Table Sponsor – Reimage Church Sponsor
Table Sponsor – Epiphany Creations
Table Sponsor – Cline Hall Agency

Restore One Sponsor – Crawford & Company (Hair Salon)

Ministry Sponsor – Transforming Hope Ministries (Durham, NC)

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