This Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, is North Texas Giving Day! For seven years, the Communities Foundation of Texas hosts an online day of fundraising for various North Texas nonprofits. Last year alone, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefitting 2,020 nonprofits. Gifts of at least $25 are also eligible to receive bonus funds. This year, several of the ministries Reclaimed partners with are participating in North Texas Giving Day. If you're interested in impacting the fight against trafficking this North Texas Giving Day, read on to learn more about these life-changing organizations that are participating and how you can support them.
Website: http://www.newfriendsnewlife.org Mission: New Friends New Life restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children. Our Partnership: For the last few years Reclaimed has been excited to partner with New Friends New Life in their mission to empower women leaving the sex industry. They weekly host recovery classes and Reclaimed has invested in this time of recovery through assisting with childcare activities as well as providing dinner and hosting the women during the dinners beforehand. Reclaimed members serve with New Friends New Life regularly, but even if you don't volunteer with us, you can join us twice a year when we invite the entire church to serve dinner with us and host the women well. Donate Now
Website: http://redeemedministries.com Mission: The mission of Redeemed Ministries is to provide survivor care for women victims of sex trafficking that enables them to lead restored, healthy and productive lives; to increase awareness in our communities of the issues and atrocities of human trafficking; and to advocate for victims of trafficking. We accomplish this in partnerships with churches, law enforcement, and social service organizations. Our Partnership: We met Dallas' leadership for Redeemed about two years ago and have been excited to work together on unique projects since then. Redeemed has helped us in educating our volunteers through their available podcasts, coming to speak at events, and keeping us in the know with what they're learning as they grow their Dallas operations. We've also had the chance to work with Redeemed in caring for women leaving trafficking that are in crisis, needing the church to step in and host them until they can safely leave their situation and be set up for long term success. As Redeemed continues to bring some of they lessons they learned in their Houston hub up to Dallas, we're excited to grow and learn with them! Donate Now
Website: http://www.traffick911.com Mission: Traffick911's mission is to free youth from sex trafficking through a three-prong strategy of prevention, identification and empowerment. We serve youth ages 12 to 17 that have been victimized by sex traffickers and work to equip youth and adults to not become sex buyers. Our Partnership: Years before Reclaimed even existed Watermark worked with Traffick911 to bring awareness and prevention education to Dallas prior to Superbowl XLV which was the first to be hosted in the DFW area. Now, Reclaimed is excited to have volunteers serving with Traffick911 regularly and consistently as they go into juvenile detention centers and present on the dangers of trafficking and help identify children that have been involved. We look forward to continuing to partner with them in the fight against Trafficking. Donate Now Of course, there are many other worthy ministries and nonprofits raising funds on North Texas Giving Day. Watermark also has a very thoughtfully written blog about how to give wisely on North Texas Giving Day and every other day for that matter. For a full list of nonprofits and to see real-time results on Sept. 22, visit the Leaderboards. To learn more about North Texas giving Day, visit their website.
Reclaimed exists to empower and mobilize God’s Church to REDEFINE a hyper-sexualized culture, RESTORE men and women victimized by the sex industry, and to REACH a world hurt by the abuse of sex all through the power of Jesus Christ. Sign up for our next study at reclaimed431.org/events and our newsletter at reclaimed431.org/subscribe.