Light. It is the source of hope and life, without it, we cannot live. Women survivors of human trafficking, addiction, and sexual trauma have known and lived in a darkness we can barely fathom or comprehend. Their lives are stolen from them, their trust used against them, and they are forced or frauded into captivity, addiction, and hopelessness. Their bodies are treated as commodities as their souls are depleted. They either believe this is the only way they can experience love or have no idea how to break free from it. They are threatened, abused, and often forcibly addicted. They cannot begin to see light or hope in their circumstances. Light and hope require people, new people, and new places, that can offer healing, restoration, and freedom.
Recently, one such person came along in the form of a benefactor, who God has used so generously and lovingly. She, we'll call her Louise, purchased the incredible home you see above and then turned around and donated it to SOAR. It is an iconic property in our community built in 1920, it has 100 years of growing families and businesses. But it has sat vacant and empty for several years prior to this recent purchase and is in need of some love, hope, and restoration of its own.
All 65 windows in this home need replacing. The photo above shows the beauty and welcoming draw of its windows filled with light, as an invitation to come home and rest. As your generosity and grace restore this home, the home will restore women survivors. When we allow light to shine through us, it allows us to live empowered and uplifting lives. You can give that opportunity to a woman, to help her find her hope and light again, to live empowered and free, by helping us fill new windows with new light, so she can find her way home.
Local vendors have been extremely generous and are providing windows at a discount. Our original quote was $150,000. but with their generosity and support, all 65 windows are costing $87,000. They are high-efficiency windows that will last for many years to come.
This home and the SOAR program offer women a safe place to heal and regain freedom and independence. It is a free two-year residential program where survivors receive therapy, counseling, general education, life-skills, financial education, computer literacy, nutrition, and employment.
Thank you for helping women survivors, by helping us purchase new windows for this home, and for helping her let the light in, again.
In Deepest Gratitude,
The SOAR Family