As you may have noticed, or perhaps you were at our "Let's Do This!" event on February 11, 2014 when we announced, that we are moving towards opening Chicago's first 24-hour drop-in center for self-identified female persons engaged in commercial sexual exploitation. We are very careful in that wording to not include words and phrases like "victims" nor "sex-trafficking" because coming to this drop-in center has to be a choice. Many victims do not self-identify as such for years, if ever in their lives. We also do not want to limit our services to those who can be defined as a "sex-trafficking" victim or survivor by any legal sense. If a female person has been engaged in commercial sex and is looking to find a place of refuge, we are simply that - standing in the gap for her to provide immediate tangible needs and dignity. Come as you are. Tell us what name you would like us to call you by. Drop in as often as you would like.
After the years of research our volunteer Program Development Team put in to compile a Needs Assessment, we know that we want to stand in the gap 24 hours because we know that not everyone who would utilize a drop-in center will also utilize an overnight shelter. We know that clean clothes and a clean body can be a first step towards a feeling of dignity. So we want to provide showers, washers and dryers, and a bank of clean clothes to change into if she desires. We know that long hours demand rest so we want to provide quiet spaces to sit, take a nap, and for her to put her feet up. We also know that we are all human in a very social world so if you want to come in and check your social media pages, come on in.
In all honesty though, we need help. We have always been a volunteer-driven organization relying on hours devoted by working and studying adults in the Chicago area. We need more of those hours from more of you.
We also need to increase our finances by the 100s of thousands of dollars to achieve this stand in the gap. Consider donating your best gift by clicking the "Donate" button to the right.
Also, please bear with us as we work on rolling out a new website by the end of 2014 to share with you our progress towards seeing these long-term goals come to fruition.
Find out more by simply contacting [email protected] Thank you for being a part of this journey.