It’s hard to believe, but …

RAHAB will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022!

Two miraculous decades of providing hope, healing, and love to vulnerable women and children in northeast Ohio.

In these 20 years, our work has grown by God’s grace — and thanks to your support and partnership. We are truly excited about our upcoming celebration … and we don’t want you to miss out. We would love for you to join in rejoicing with us, every step of the way!

Watch this quick video about what’s to come!

As always, thank you for standing with us!

 

By Emily F. Miller

September was the last official month of operation for our minor safe house, Rebecca’s Place. For two and a half years, Rebecca’s Place provided safe housing and trauma-informed care for teenage girls who were affected by trafficking. 

Both our staff and residents alike wanted to honor what Rebecca’s Place has meant to so many, so we planned a sleepover, with all of Rebecca’s Place and Selah’s Place staff invited. There were games, movies, crafts, karaoke, and a spa station! 

In the middle of the evening, karaoke mic in hand, the girls requested that we all sit on the couches around the living room — they had a surprise. We exchanged looks and shrugs as we made our way to the living room, equally intrigued and concerned about what was about to happen.

Once we were seated, the girl who was emcee announced they had written letters to RAHAB, Rebecca’s Place, and each staff member to express their gratitude and love. The girls took turns reading their letters and poems. They talked about how much healing they’d experienced and how much they felt loved and supported those last few months. The girls also addressed each staff member in the room, recalling memories of how they’d made them feel safe and heard. 

Through many tears, we hugged one another and thanked the girls for such a sweet surprise.

Amidst all the emotions swirling around the room, hope felt the strongest of all. 

We knew this was not truly the end, but that God would be with each girl as they transitioned home. 

We knew all the long nights and days and stressful moments weren’t for nothing: they were for the hope and healing of these girls. During their time at Rebecca’s Place, they were loved and heard and seen. They would leave this place knowing the level of love and care they deserved and was set apart for them, and most importantly that they had a Savior who gave everything for their freedom.

We know that their walk with RAHAB also isn’t over as they transition into our new Minor Community Based Programming. They will continue to see familiar faces there as well as at Selah’s Place as they continue their healing journey with their families. 

Both staff and residents alike left Rebecca’s Place grateful for the time we spent there: for all the laughs, the tears, the prayers, and the love that permeated those walls. 

It will be impossible to forget this beautiful place of hope and healing, and each of us will carry it with us in our hearts as we move forward on the paths that have been set out for us.

  1. That’s the number of connections with women our outreach teams made on average each month in 2020.

If that seems like an impressive number, nearly 1,400 connections with women this year have already taken place at RAHAB through September 2021! Connections that represent a movement in which a woman can interact with someone who will introduce her to Jesus, pray for her, and simply love her right where she is.

Two things remain clear: God is at work in the lives of vulnerable women and children, and it is through your generous partnership with RAHAB that He is providing hope in Jesus to the broken and hurting!

RAHAB volunteers see God’s power, paired with your support, blessing women in need all the time!

Two women came to a Drop-In Center recently and were able to pick out new, beautiful clothes at no cost. Through this, and following God’s example, we were able to meet them right where they are. 

As the women headed home, a RAHAB worker heard one of them say, “This house … I think this house is the closest thing I’ve ever been to Heaven. I’m convinced this is Heaven on Earth. 

Through your prayers and giving, RAHAB is putting Truth and Love into action in concrete ways. Thank you for standing with us and allowing God to work through you on behalf of the vulnerable!

RAHAB is fueled by volunteers who are committed to walking alongside survivors of sex trafficking and those vulnerable to being trafficked. Staff accountant and Canton Street Team volunteer Sharon Stone is one of them.

Sharon is passionate about serving the women in our care because of her genuine love for them and her desire that they would see themselves as Jesus sees them.

“They are made in the image of God, and they need to know they are loved by Him and by us,” she says.

When she is out volunteering in the streets, Sharon loves how women often recognize her and meet her with open arms — literally embracing her in a hug — because they know deep down they are genuinely loved by her with the love of Christ … no strings attached!

We volunteers are able to pray for them and help carry their burdens. So many of these women never experienced unconditional love, and for a few moments, we get to give them that.

Sharon directs the women she meets while volunteering to RAHAB Drop-In Centers where they can be loved and receive basic necessities. And when she sees these ladies as she drives to and from work, she feels privileged to pray for them by name, and for the specific needs they have shared with her. 

Because of volunteers like Sharon — and supporters like you — RAHAB is able to bring practical and spiritual hope to women and children all over northeast Ohio. We are so grateful!

It is important to reach out to women who have experienced abuse and exploitation with a tangible expression of God’s generous love. 

This is why RAHAB creates outreach bags — packed with quality, name-brand items — we can give to women as soon as we meet them … with no expectation of anything in return.

Some of the items included are:

  • Hygienic items such as soaps, toothbrushes, and deodorant
  • Hair care items like shampoo, conditioner, and combs
  • Lotion
  • Towels
  • Snacks

Currently, our supply of these items is critically low, and it is the time of year when we need to start customizing the bags with winter materials.

Please help us meet this need by clicking here to access our Amazon list of supplies necessary for filling these outreach bags.

Thank you for your support and partnership as we strive to make connections with often-forgotten women and love them unconditionally.

Did you know that you can make an even greater impact through RAHAB Ministries AND take advantage of tax laws the government makes available? 

Consider giving through one of the following strategies by December 31, 2021, and the difference you make in the lives of sex-trafficking survivors goes far beyond any dollars donated:

  1. Giving from an established Donor Advised Fund (DAF) allows you to claim a charitable deduction in the year you contribute to the DAF while making donations to a ministry like RAHAB over time.
  2. If you are 70½ years of age or older, you can use Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) to make direct donations to a charity out of your IRA. This can count toward satisfying the annual Required Minimum Distribution from an IRA … and you do not have to itemize deductions to utilize this strategy.
  3. A gift of appreciated securities — like stocks or mutual funds — is one way to avoid capital gains tax on the donation as long as it has been held for more than one year. This strategy will also help reduce your taxable income because of the itemized charitable deduction.

Please talk with your financial advisor — or contact Alan Montgomery at [email protected] — about these and other giving options that will maximize your impact in helping women and children exploited by sex trafficking. God bless you!

Akron Roundtable presents Dave Yost, Attorney General, State of Ohio … and RAHAB hopes you’ll join us for this special event!

Thursday, November 18, 2021
12:00 noon
Quaker Station on the campus of The University of Akron
Topic: “Building the Highway of Hope”

Attorney General Dave Yost will discuss the importance of partnerships both in law enforcement and survivor advocacy groups, as well as his overall efforts to end human trafficking in Ohio.

Since taking office in January 2019, Attorney General Yost has made the fight against human trafficking a top priority. He created the Human Trafficking Initiative with the goal of ending labor and sex trafficking in Ohio. The initiative works to build awareness, empower Ohioans to take action in their communities, strengthen victim services throughout the state, and ensure that traffickers are brought to justice.

  • General Admission tickets for the in-person event are $25 and include lunch. 
  • For those who prefer to participate remotely, a Live Stream ticket option is available for $10.

Purchase tickets here