For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25: 35-36
Following Jesus’ call to serve those in need,
Cherish All Children invites your congregation to be
a “Caring Neighbor” to sex trafficking victims.
Safe Harbor legislation has created a new paradigm in which youth can leave the world of sex trafficking with the knowledge that they are no longer considered criminals and are eligible for services to help them heal. Most youth who have been victims of sex traffickers escape from the streets with a need for housing, basic needs such as food and clothing, medical care, chemical dependency and mental health treatment, and job training.
These victims of sex trafficking need our support.
The organizations in this Directory provide services to sexually exploited children. They provide the above services in addition to restoring dignity and healing. All organizations serving this population welcome the support and assistance of the community.
Your partnership with one of these organizations is vital to
providing the care these victims need.
How do you begin? Read the Directory to find an organization with which your congregation might partner. Visit the agency. We could go with you on an agency visit. Does their list of needs feel like something your church could do? Invite a staff member to do a presentation to your congregation. Ask them what their greatest need is. Can your congregation help? If not, is there another way you can provide assistance? If this agency is not a good fit for your congregation, contact another one.
We invite you to share your stories of service!
Send us pictures of your congregation in action. Invite Ginny Rudloff, the Minneapolis Prevention Coordinator to join you. We will share your pictures on our Facebook page and chronicle the many ways in which congregations engage in the task of restoring dignity and wellbeing to victims of sex trafficking.
We are very grateful to the Thrivent Financial Foundation as well as many congregations and individuals for their financial support of the Caring Neighbors Project.
Contact Ginny Rudloff if you have any questions.
Minneapolis Prevention Coordinator
Cherish All Children