Welcome to my fundraising page as part of the Resilience Rising team. I am a non-traditional student at Metropolitan State University participating in the Internship program this year. I have currently joined forces with Resilience Rising to provide safety, healing and empowerment to those who have been sexually trafficked and exploited. After earning my bachelor’s degree in Social work, I am now pursuing my Masters. I have worked and volunteered with Adult Protective Services, Victim Advocacy with Law Enforcement, and people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In addition, I have an art background and hope to contribute to the art therapy program that will be launched as one part of Resilience Rising. I am thankful for the opportunity to expand my knowledge and provide help for those who are most vulnerable. My hope is to be able to contribute to such a caring creative team, to help, support, and empower young girls who very much need a safe place.
Growing up, I remember roller skating until the streetlights came, running in the house for a popsicle, drawing and coloring for hours. I had a safe place to sleep, clothing, and food to eat. I also had a safe place to express my myself through my art. I can’t imagine not having those things. Things weren’t perfect, but I was protected. I think we all deserve to have a childhood free of exploitation. My heart leads me to helping and advocating for those who are in need and exploited. When I think about a child that has been sexually abused and exploited, I don’t think about weakness, I think of strength and resiliency. Resilience Rising is not only a fitting name of empowerment, but also a thought to victims, survival and the resiliency it takes to overcome.
The need is great, and I hope that you will choose to support and donate to Resilience Rising in order to open a safe home for our most vulnerable youth, who need a safe place to sleep and call home.
History and Facts
The sex trafficking of domestic minors is finally starting to appear in the news and subsequently resound on the conscience of the American public as well as lawmakers. Safe Harbor laws, recognizing these youth as victims of sexual abuse and exploitation instead of treating them as criminals, are slowly but surely being implemented into state laws. While all of this is progress for the cause, there are still very few safe places for these children to reside once they are rescued from their abusers.
Most of the youth involved in the sex trade are runaways from abusive and neglectful homes of origin or already involved in the child welfare system. There are currently only a handful of therapeutic, residential programs in the entire country created specifically for this population. Resilience Rising is in the process of becoming another one of these homes. We are based in Colorado but can take youth from anywhere in the country. We have the capacity to house eight female youth and two small children to accommodate teenage mothers. Resilience Rising provides such basic needs as shelter, food, clothing, and nurturing; case management for medical and dental care, substance abuse treatment, and legal advocacy; onsite mental health services, including individual, group, creative arts, and animal therapy; an onsite school, focusing on GED attainment and college placement; and an onsite physical fitness program.
Resilience Rising is in its final stages of opening, which includes inspections and licensing through various county and state entities. Once completed, we are aiming for a fall grand opening. We have begun outreach to the local FBI’s Innocence Lost Take Force, multiple district attorneys’ offices, juvenile probation, and social services. All have youth on their caseloads ready for placement and are eager for Resilience Rising to open its doors. Your donations towards Resilience Rising’s team in the Justice Run will allow us to open our doors as soon as possible to vulnerable youth desperately needing a place to call home.
At Resilience Rising we believe that it takes a village to raise a child. We hope that you will join our village as we fight the sexual exploitation of American children. You can learn more about our background, our program, and our team by visiting our website at www.resilience-rising.org. Thank you for believing in these girls and in the work we do. We couldn't do what we do without YOU!