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November 14, 2019- Rochester, Mich. — Hope Against Trafficking is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $23,200 grant from 100 Women Who Care Rochester to help convert an abandoned building in Oakland County into a program office space.  The facility will be used for resident intake and counseling, art therapy, life and job skills training, and community education.

“We are excited to give this grant to Hope Against Trafficking. The work they do, helping survivors is amazing and we are happy to be a part of it,” said Amy Whipple, co-founder Rochester Women Who Care. “Being able to help survivors, regain their lives after so much has been taken from them is an honor. We look forward to seeing the new program office building when it is complete.”

Hope Against Trafficking’s mission is to help survivors of human trafficking regain their lives and become contributing members of society. “The office space is very much needed as our program continues to expand and we look for opportunities to help the dozens of women on our waitlist,” said Hannah McPeak, executive director of Hope Against Trafficking.

Hope Against Trafficking purchased the abandoned building and will begin renovations to fit their offices and expand the art therapy and life and job skill training in 2020.

About Hope Against Trafficking

Hope Against Trafficking provides survivors with safe, rent-free housing for two years, giving them a place to heal and recover from the trauma of their former lives. In addition, the program provides survivors with access to professional support services to help them rebuild trust, establish skills, and restore joy and dignity to their lives. Our community education programs target our youth who are the most vulnerable to the creative lures of traffickers. Following our education sessions, we have been able to identify victims of trafficking and stop some that were being groomed for trafficking. It is a powerful emotion when you can save lives. Learn more at www.hopeagainsttrafficking.org

About 100 Women Who Care Rochester

100 Women seeks to support local charities with very direct and basic needs. The group takes pride in its no-frills approach to direct giving. They hold a one-hour meeting and listen to “pitches.” After a quick vote, with a majority-rules philosophy, each woman agrees to write a $100 check directly to the winning charity.

During their August 2018 meeting, the 239 members of 100 Women Who Care – Greater Rochester, individually wrote their checks for $100 to Hope Against Trafficking in support of the courageous and resilient survivors of human trafficking.

The collective 100 Women Who Care will convene again on Tuesday, November 19th at   7 p.m. at St. John Fisher Parish in Auburn Hills, Mich., (located at 3665 E. Walton Blvd) to hold their charitable giving meeting. To date, they have raised more than $540,000 and supported 25 different local non-profits.

For more information on the 100 Women Who Care group or to sign a commitment form to join, visit the website at: www.100womenwhocare-greaterrochester.org or contact Amy Whipple at amynwhipple@gmail.com or (586) 254-1560.