Human trafficking is a vague term people can be afraid to touch. It’s an intimidating, unclean, and dangerous problem that can easily scare away the kindest of hearts. They look at it and say there are too many women affected by this heinous crime to even begin to help even one of them. Creator of Toms Shoes© Blake Mycoskie could have said the same thing. He could have done the math, figured out it wasn’t feasible to give every single child in the world a new pair of shoes, and not even tried. If that was the case, over 1,000,000 children would not have shoes on their feet today.
So we look at the issue, grim and hopeless as it seems, and do something about it because this is what we are called to do. We are people of action; people who not only claim truth, but live it. Deuteronomy 31:6 states:
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” We can be assured that God will go before us, no matter what job, mission, or ‘scary issue’ we are called to advocate for or fight against.
In this post I’d like to tell you about my tour of all Wellspring Living’s facilities and how we are fighting for the individual in this vast problem of sexual exploitation. The tour started with me driving down a congested highway heading to North Atlanta. As I reached my first destination, Wellspring’s residential home for women, I automatically felt a wave of peace wash over me. I stepped out of my car into the steamy Georgia heat and looked at the serene home. I meandered down the sidewalk around the front of the house to my first meeting.
I rounded the corner and tapped on the door of their administrative offices. The cheery face of Laurie Sussman greeted me and ushered me into her air-conditioned office. I slid onto her leather couch and started to jot down notes as she told me about the Wellspring for Women program. This program is for women ages 18-35 who are actively seeking a way out of their current lifestyle. Some of these women have been exploited for most of their lives. Some have been involved in substance abuse, self-mutilation or eating disorders, and all have decided they want help. Wellspring Living is the only program offering tangible ways to escape these lifestyles. They do this by offering an individualized recovery plan through counseling, life skills education, family therapy and spiritual encouragement. Laurie has watched women who have been sexually abused since the age of five come through our program and leave with a completely new hope for the future. I was able to meet some of the women in the program, and each introduction was different. Some of the women I met were timid, not meeting my eye contact or barely grasping my hand for a good handshake. Others were kind and welcoming, offering insightful questions and friendly additions to our conversations. All of them had one similar quality: hope.
The next portion of my journey was quite different. I drove to the Wellspring for Girls program, which provides residential recovery, counseling, group therapy, education and vocational training for girls ages 12-17. While visiting these girls, I was met with questioning stares and untrusting comments. These girls harbored a cloud of anger and rebellious attitude because of what they were forced to experience at a very young age. The shells surrounding these girls are much harder to crack because they haven’t come to the realization that their past can gravely affect their future unless they seek help. Wellspring Living is working to show these girls their worth and point them towards a greater hope for a new life.
Wellspring also has a counseling center for outpatient counseling and an assessment center to provide crisis stabilization for women seeking help. The Lynn Sweet Counseling Center is committed to helping women in a confidential and non-threatening environment. Wellspring Redeemed Assessment Center seeks to identify long-term placement to meet each woman’s specific needs and serve as a point of entry into the Wellspring for Women residential program. Combined, all four centers are working to eradicate the problem of human trafficking in Georgia, but they cannot do it alone and need your help.
- Run in our Stop INJUSTICE 5K Race!
- Saturday, September 17th at 8 a.m.
- The Bridge Community Center
Peachtree City, GA
$30 registration fee
- Give: Wellspring Living is a privately funded organization that is supported by private donors and sponsorships.
- Donate online. We accept all forms of credit card donations online. You can give here: www.wellspringliving.org/donations.php
- If you prefer, you can mail checks payable to Wellspring Living, to our administrative offices at 140 Howell Rd, Suite C-2, Tyrone GA 30290.
- Serve: Wellspring is always looking for volunteers at our residential homes and high-end consignment stores.
- Volunteer at our Women’s and Girl’s homes. To apply to volunteer, please complete the volunteer survey on our website: http://www.wellspringliving.org/give-your-time.php
- Volunteer at our Wellspring Treasures Stores. In order to help support our ministry, we have three high-end consignment stores throughout Georgia that are mainly run by volunteers. For more information, call the preferred store:
- Peachtree City, GA: (770) 632-1788
- Duluth, GA: (770) 623-3166
- Kennesaw, GA: (770) 423-9890
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- Get Involved in the Wellspring League.
- A junior board of advocates whose purpose is to educate and inspire high school students, college students, and the 20-30 something’s, and share the story of Wellspring. Contact Dana for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Media: the 21stcentury’s mode of communicating.
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