Housing for Sexually-exploited Women in Recovery

Hi, I’m Jenny Gaines and I am seeking your support as we raise money to secure housing for exploited women in recovery as part of a sustainable ministry. I stand before you, not only as a survivor of sex trafficking but as a living testament to the transformative power of faith and the unwavering strength I found in Jesus. It is through His grace that I was able to break free from the chains that bound me, and it is with His guidance that I was driven to establish a non-profit as a refuge for other women seeking a way out. Currently, we’re supporting 20 women and there are so many more seeking help.

For 28 years, I endured unimaginable suffering and despair. The path that led me into the clutches of sex trafficking was not one I ever imagined for myself. Coming from a good family and going to great schools, I seemed shielded from such horrible things. However, at the vulnerable age of 14, my world was shattered by my parents' divorce. Blaming my mother, I became a rebellious teenager and ran away.

In the midst of my vulnerability, I was targeted as a young run-away and was lured into the darkness of sex trafficking. The traffickers exploited my pain, promising love and acceptance. Soon, I found myself trapped in a web of manipulation, violence, and unspeakable abuse. I witnessed the erosion of my self-worth, and fell into addiction.

During those horrible years, I lost custody of my children, faced multiple incarcerations, and attempted suicide 5 times. The grip of my trafficker was unrelenting, and I came to believe the lie that I was only valuable as a prostituted woman.

But in the midst of this darkness, Jesus became my refuge. In March 2011, I reached the end of myself and cried out to Him for a different life. Though the change did not happen overnight, His love and presence sustained me. I found encouragement, support and understanding in programs like Breaking Free, where I began the process of healing, deprogramming from the lies, and rediscovering my true worth.

Today, I am devoted to establishing a sustainable refuge for survivors like me. The demand for safe housing and support, surpasses our resources, and I am seeking your financial help to make a lasting impact. Together, we can provide comprehensive support and housing as we empower survivors to break the chains that bind them.

With your generous contributions, we can build a brighter future for these brave women. By investing in this ministry, you are offering them a chance to rewrite their stories, reclaim their identities, and embrace lives filled with hope, purpose, and freedom. Let us unite our efforts, guided by the love of Jesus, to bring light to the darkness and restore the shattered dreams of survivors.

Thank you for your generosity. Please keep us in your prayers.

Donations (9)

  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Jennifer Andrew
    • $1,000 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous
    • $500 
    • 4 mos
  • Kalia Lor
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Diana Petersen
    • $20 
    • 6 mos

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Jenny Gaines
Organizer
Minneapolis, MN

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