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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 www.swithcsc.org/donate 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 zaina@switchsc.org curtis@switchsc.org

Goal: $50,000 Grossed