Wellspring Living’s programs are so extensive that we wanted to post a blog with a little history on our organization. We also wanted to include some facts and statistics and the sources. We hope this is helpful in understanding our organization!
History of Wellspring Living
- 2001 – Organization born; Wellspring Living Women’s program established
- 2004 -Opened 1st Wellspring Treasures retail store in Peachtree City, GA
- 2007 – Mary Frances Bowley published her first book: A League of Dangerous Women
- 2008 – Opened up the first home for girls ages 12-17 called the Wellspring Living Girls program
- 2009 – Added the Independent Living Program to the Wellspring Living Women’s program and the Assessment Center for emergency situations
- 2012 – Opened the Empowered Living Program for Girls ages 17-22
Wellspring Living Statistics
- More than 150 women served through our Wellspring Living Women’s program since 2001
- More than 72 girls served through our Wellspring Living Girls program since opening in 2008
- Consulted with United Nations envoys regarding duplication of the Wellspring Living model internationally, in October 2010
- Featured on Fox News America’s HQ as the organization with the largest capacity for comprehensive care of CSEC victims
- Engaged over 200 churches in partnerships, fundraising events, and awareness campaigns since 2001.
- Engaged 5 cities in our Organizational Mentorship program and 15 cities in trainings about CSEC, demand, and Wellspring Living’s programs
- $6.0 Million earned through revenues, gains and other supports since 2009
Facts/Stats about Sex Trafficking in the US
- Atlanta is one of the top 14 cities in the US for sex trafficking according to the 2005 FBI Status Report.
- The average age of a child first used in prostitution is 11 to 14, with some as young as 9 years of age. (2005 FBI Status Report)
- One in four girls is sexually abused before the age of 18. (Center for disease control, December 2005)
- Sex trafficking is believed to generate profits of an estimated $32 billion, according to a 2005 report from the International Labour Organization.
- 70% of runaways lead to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). (AFNAP and YouthSpark Provider Report)
- Forty-five percent of CSEC cases happen online and fifty percent on the street. (AFNAP and YouthSpark Provider Project)
- Sixty-five percent of CSEC victims deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and fifty-two percent experience educational losses. (AFNAP Provider Project)