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Help Trafficked Minor Girls in CA

$2,172 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 2 months
Help us provide specialty therapies for trafficked minor girls at The Refuge, an operation of Children of the Immaculate Heart (CIH), a 501(c)(3) operating in San Diego, CA! Therapeutic services are a crucial piece of rehabilitation for trafficked minors, and we will be providing that in a residential setting for girls between the ages of 12 and 17.

Children of the Immaculate Heart was founded in 2013 to serve survivors of sex trafficking under the motto, "Restore All Things in Christ." Since then, our program has grown to what it is today - serving 9 adult women and their 19 children. We are now expanding to open a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program for trafficked minor girls and need your help to be able to provide top-notch trauma-informed therapies from day one! Our program is called The Refuge and, as you can see in the video, it is a beautiful and peaceful home that we hope will provide a place for safety and growth for many girls for years to come.

It is difficult to place an exact number on how many minors are in slavery in the United States, but estimates run between 200,000 and 300,000. In the past decade, the FBI alone has rescued more than 2,700 girls from trafficking and convicted 1,300 traffickers. A 2016 study done by Point Loma Nazarene University's Dr. Jamie Gates and the University of San Diego's Amy Carpenter showed there to be between 4,000-8,000 victims of sex trafficking in San Diego with 16 being the average age of entry (see  http://www.abolishhumantrafficking.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Executive-Summary.Final-Technical-Report.NIJ2016-1.pdf).

The Refuge will provide a place for rescued girls to stay for anywhere from six months to two years so they can have the best possible opportunity for healing and healthy integration into society. Schooling, job training, recreation, exercise, and various types of therapy in a healthy family-style atmosphere are all a part of the center’s program.

We need your help today so that we can integrate music, the arts, and pet therapy into our program! A county contract will allow us to provide individual, group, and family therapy, but specialty therapies can be costly. Research shows how effective equine therapy, music, and arts can be and we are asking for your help today to provide these services for girls who have suffered so much.

The $7,000 we are seeking to raise on this campaign will cover our first six months of specialty therapies. Any funds raised over and above that amount will be used for individual and group therapy for our program for formerly trafficked women and  their children.

For more information, visit us at:
http://childrenoftheimmaculateheart.org/
Or call 619-431-5537
childrenoftheimmaculateheart@gmail.com
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Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

We hope that this new month of August finds you well and much blessed by our good Lord! Here at CIH, we continue to marvel at all God’s blessings. While we EAGERLY work for the opening of our home for minors, we THANK Him for all that He is doing in the lives of the 9 adult women we already serve. Some of them are employed and pursuing their education. They continue to attend our weekly support group that fosters self worth, encourages them, and teaches them new strategies to handle the daily challenges of healing. They are taking steps to heal and connect with counseling, legal, medical, educational, job training, and life skills services.

Finances are always tight for us during the summer months, and we know they are for many others as well. Please know that even $5 WILL HELP us reach our goal for funding the specialty therapies at the Refuge. May God reward you and bless you!

In the Sacred Heart,
Children of the Immaculate Heart Staff
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Dear Friends and Benefactors,

We hope this message finds you well. Our gofundme campaign is over the 25% mark! May God reward you for your generosity. Please continue to share this gofundme campaign with your network to help keep up the momentum! We are so eager for our girls to have the opportunity to engage in these specialty therapies.

In this work with human trafficking, we sometimes reflect on the example of St. Teresa of Calcutta in her mission and example. We would like to share this quote of hers: “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty”. Above all, we want to show each of our clients how much they are individually loved. This is what creates an internal change for them.

Have a blessed week,
Children of the Immaculate Heart Staff
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Dear friends and benefactors,

If you haven’t read our past two updates on the specialty therapies we intend to implement at the Refuge, be sure to do so to be informed about these innovative approaches to fostering wholeness and integration. As part of this series of updates, we would like to present art therapy. Drawing from the American Art Therapy Association, the online Art Therapy Journal states that, “art therapy is the use of art creation as a form of psychotherapy for people experiencing trauma or illness, seeking personal development, or struggling to deal with the day-to-day act of living”. Historically, in art’s effectiveness to provide a channel for communication that cannot be expressed verbally, and in its fusion with modern psychology to become what we know as art therapy, art can offer real opportunities for integration and healing in mentally and emotionally wounded people such as the trafficked girls we will be serving at the Refuge.

From the earliest times, people have used art to express themselves, their thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. It seems to have a perennial ability to provide a conduit for non-verbal communication. Around the mid-1900’s artists in England began to use art projects in health institutions to help the ill through self expression. Also, at this time, American psychologists introduced the practice of interpreting such art to uncover feelings and experiences. Today art therapy is a professional discipline used in a variety of fields such as: drug rehab, bereavement counseling, and stress management. A typical art therapy session consists of the client creating a work of art and the therapist then questioning him or her about the project to understand the emotions and mental processes that contributed to it. The process gives the person a way to express what may be too painful or difficult to put into words. This will greatly benefit our girls who will not always be able to verbalize how their trauma is affecting them, and will need this non-threatening way to express themselves and get direction.

We invite you to help forward this cause with your financial assistance and to continue sharing the campaign with your network to keep up the momentum. Above all, please pray for the girls who we hope to help restore in the healing love of Christ who heals us with His own wounds.
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Dear Friends and Benefactors,

We hope that you found last week’s update on equine therapy informative and inspiring! This week we would like to share about music therapy, which we also plan to implement at the Refuge. According to The American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” As we share it’s history and elaborate on its definition, we hope to inspire you to help these young girls heal from their trauma through specialty therapies.

Music therapy has a long history. The first reference to it was in 1789 in an article entitled, “Music Physically Considered” published by The Columbian magazine. The 1800’s saw the first systematic experiments and applications in institutions. After World Wars I and II, musicians who played for the many veterans in hospitals, saw the great physical and emotional benefits of music. Demand for a college curriculum to train hospital musicians soon grew and music therapy as a profession formally began around this time. Today, music therapy is a discipline well founded in research. The Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and other sources explore the benefits of music as therapy.

As a clinical profession, music therapy is used for a wide range of purposes in healthcare and education. It combines science and music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. The website of the American Music Therapy Association states, “After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings”.

We know that the girls at the Refuge will benefit from this opportunity to develop and discover themselves and their abilities, as well as express themselves and their emotions. Please prayerfully consider contributing to this campaign to help provide specialty therapies for trafficked minor girls in California! May God reward you!
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$2,172 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Children of the Immaculate Heart
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