Find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it…The Phoenix Dream Center
Screen shot from the Phoenix Dream Center.
Although I’m not the most social person, I said yes to attend a women’s group nearby with two of my neighbors. I’m saying yes to things like this to get to know more people in my community.
This women’s group selected one charity that fits their mission of helping women and children in need. The nonprofit they are helping is called The Phoenix Dream Center.
“We’re on a mission to stop human trafficking, end childhood hunger and educate tomorrows leaders.” –Brian D. Steele, Executive Director, The Phoenix Dream Center
Stephanie Lang, MSW, Development Manager of the Phoenix Dream Center, gave an eye opening presentation about human trafficking. To be honest, it wasn’t a subject that I’ve thought much about. The Dream Center takes people off the streets who are being human trafficked. They have a four-year residential treatment center to help heal and get these people back on their feet — whether it’s back in school or in a career.
Some of the scary facts I learned:
Phoenix is a human trafficking hub. That’s because of the freeway system. Phoenix is an easy place to access from California, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, etc.
The average age of women who are trafficked is 13. For boys, it’s age 11.
They have 67 beds and said there is a need for hundreds more.
The people being trafficked are not illegals crossing the border. 90% of them are Arizona residents from all walks of life.
Human traffickers prey on vulnerable people who want to be loved.
Unlike someone trafficking drugs or guns — who have to find a new supply each time to make money — the human trafficker can sell their human being up to 16 or more times per day.
Yes, I’m joining this woman’s group. I believe in their mission.
In addition to raising funds for the Phoenix Dream Center, we will take a tour of the facility in January. They are also working ways to volunteer in person there.
Have you found a mission that you can get behind and support through volunteering or fundraising? What is it?