Increasing Need

Your support is so critical to our mission to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate of South Carolina through awareness, prevention, demand, intervention and restoration. So far, 2018 has been off to a busy start! We recently had 35 new volunteers complete an intense six-week training class. These volunteers will now join our 60+ existing volunteers working to end human trafficking in the Upstate. Our volunteers are often the hands and feet of Switch in the community, and we are so thankful for them. Every week we are speaking at events to raise awareness about human trafficking. These events are a key component of our prevention work as well, because they allow us to dispel misconceptions about human trafficking in our area. When our community can identify the signs of trafficking, they are more likely to recognize at-risk individuals in their own lives. Just last month, we worked with the family of a young girl who was coerced by an older man on Facebook. She eventually ran away with him and was found here in South Carolina. We are so grateful to have local law enforcement that has been trained to recognize situations that may be connected to human trafficking. We value our relationship with law enforcement, and we don’t take it lightly that we are the only local agency they call when they encounter trafficking victims. In a single week last month, we were contacted by law enforcement about three women who were being trafficked in the Upstate. We met with two of them and talked to them about opportunities for restoration. We are up to 39 participants in our programs for trafficking survivors. Every day, we see these women take steps towards healing and we consider it a privilege to come along side them in this journey. We love these stories, because they are indicators that what we are doing is working. We are accomplishing our mission. We are raising awareness and preventing trafficking in our community, we are addressing the demand through men’s groups, we are leading intervention efforts, and we are facilitating the restoration process for survivors. One of our main goals for 2018 is to increase the number of participants in our programs by 50%. We estimate that we will speak at 80 awareness events this year and double our intervention work. With the right resources, we know this is possible. But, we can’t do it alone. We need our volunteers, those who will commit to pray for us, and people who can help to fund this work. Our goal with this letter is to raise an additional $50,000 by June 1st. These funds will allow us to hire an additional Care Coordinator to work with survivors, begin local jail outreach, and continue to fund restorative care for our program participants. Each of us has an important role in this fight. Will you prayerfully consider how you can help us? You can donate a variety of ways including online at or send your donation to SWITCH at PO Box 5394, Greenville, SC 29606. If you would like to meet with someone from our Board to learn more about how you can partner with Switch financially, please contact Zaina or Curtis. Thank you for your support in saving lives and bringing hope to our participants. May God bless you. In Christ, Zaina Greene Curtis Harper Executive Director Board Chairperson

Goal: $50,000 Grossed
Matipan house

The Matipan Project

We know that God has made this dream possible for us. God is faithful. We have been praying for a house that we call our home. During our 50 days of Prayer 2014, we went before the Lord with this petition. We asked my sister if she knew what the family was doing with the house that belonged to her ex-mother-in-law who had passed away some years ago. My sister found out that the family was not doing anything with the house. She proceeded to tell them our story. The family said they really did not know why they were holding onto the house. God knew though, so we kept on praying. Then one day we met siblings who told us that they all were in agreement to give us the house knowing that their parents would approve. Their parent's raised them to be caring and sharing people. Not knowing the true condition of the house, we thought that we could move in and just have the kitchen area repaired. We have been living with family and friends for the past 4 1/2 years with no place to truly call our own. Now God has blessed us with this house. Presently, we are living off of my husband, Gerald's Social Security check and my part-time job which does not cover all of our expenses. We don't have the funds necessary to make the house handicap accessible for him nor for any of the repairs that are so desperately needed to be done in order for this house to be livable. With the remodeling on this house, we hope to have a better quality of life than we have been living for the past couple of years. This will bring our family back together under one roof. Our desire is to make this house a home for many years to come; a place where new memories can be made and shared for the rest of our lives. We are praying that this home will be a beacon of light in our neighborhood so that people will know that our home is where the Lord Jesus dwells. During this whole process, we have been and will continue to give God all the glory, for it is He who has put such a wonderful project together. We are truly grateful for all of your help.

Goal: $80,000 Grossed