Starting September 2021, Andrew will be working for The Avodah Collective, a non-profit ministry (501c3) located in Englewood, CO that provides space for women survivors of sex trafficking, families, and young people to find restoration through the creative act of farming, compassionate and supportive housing, with the integration of teaching and prayer.
There are three main parts to this mission.
First, the Avodah Villa, named Villa Stella Maris, is a safe home dedicated to the rehabilitation and healing of women who have been victims of sex trafficking. This holistic restoration will be primarily provided through safe housing, trauma counseling, music and art therapy, community, the support of families and young people, and the ministerial work of on-site orthodox religious sisters. The women's Villa is currently under construction and is set to receive women in January 2022.
The second component of this ministry is cultivating the land. The Avodah farm achieves restoration through creation by inviting detachment from technology and reconnection with God, His creation, and humanity. Our grounds are already home to beehives, chickens, ducks, pigs, an orchard, and many more crops! The fruits of these agricultural endeavors will go towards nourishing the women living in our maternity home and the wider Avodah community. Andrew will assist in overseeing the daily operations of this side of the ministry.
Finally, the last integral part of this mission is the fostering of a community of young adults and families. An oratory is currently under construction on the property as a place that will meet the needs of those seeking community and provide space for worship, craftsmanship, and fellowship through various events and volunteer opportunities. The main goal of the oratory model is to provide a space for young adults and families to connect with one another in fellowship, deepen their understanding of our faith, and learn how to authentically live a Catholic life in our world. As men's outreach coordinator, Andrew will oversee the daily operations of the oratory and manage all aspects of men's outreach.
The first Avodah Collective location is in its beginning stages: the two maternity homes on our property are almost completed, the oratory is under construction, the land is being cultivated to be ever more productive, and the staff is being mentored. We expect to be in full operation in January 2022, but we need your support today! With your help, we hope to have a smooth launch in January and to eventually expand this mission to multiple locations across the country. Thank you for anything you feel called to contribute to our mission!
Looking at my needs for the next year, I am asking for my mission partners to prayerfully consider
- a financial gift, whether one-time or recurring monthly
- the donation of a vehicle to help me with everyday errands and to assist in my role as men's outreach coordinator
- the donation of airline miles to assist my fundraising efforts and to cover trips back out east to visit family and friends
- your prayers as I dive into this mission of service
What does "avodah" mean?
• "Avodah" is a Hebrew word that appears throughout the Old Testament. It means work, worship, and service.
What is the need for this type of ministry?
• Last year, over 22,000 cases of trafficking were reported in U.S. alone.
• As of right now, there are only 1,900 beds available and reserved for women who have been trafficked.
How many women will be housed at Avodah and for how long?
• The Villa will start off housing 5-6 women, but that number will gradually increase as the staff grows and feels confident they can welcome more women
• The women will stay on-site for 1 year before having the option to move to a "phase 2" public apartment complex in the area with subsidized rent
Can my contribution be recognized as a charitable gift?
• Since Avodah Farms is a registered 501c3, your contribution can be reported as a charitable gift. Upon donating online, you will be emailed a receipt with the relevant tax-related information. If you donate via check, you will be mailed your receipt.
If you have any other questions or would like to set up a phone call to get more information, please reach out to Andrew Brinker: (443) 977-9062 or email@example.com