What We Do
When you’ve been treated as a commodity, it takes a consistent, caring presence over time to convince you of the Truth of your value. It takes real Love in action, investing in you, and asking for nothing in return. Our mentors commit to spending time each week with a RAHAB mentee. In addition to our mentorship program for women, we partner with Summit County Juvenile Court’s Restore Court docket, the first juvenile human trafficking docket certified by the Ohio Supreme Court and with Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court’s Safe Harbor Docket. RAHAB volunteers mentor youth identified by the court as trafficked or at high risk.
Our juvenile mentoring center, Selah’s Place, is made possible by our partnership with Restore Court and by the generosity of donors throughout the community. Weekly programming and mentoring instill self-esteem and coping skills, as staff and volunteers strive to reflect the Love of Christ to youth identified by the court as trafficked or at high risk for trafficking.
Teams of trained volunteers hit the streets and visit strip clubs, delivering gift bags and home-cooked meals. Women who feel trapped in a cycle of degradation often ask for prayer from the female volunteers who go into clubs, while the men on the teams wait, pray, and help with the logistics from outside. Women in strip clubs have sought our help to escape from the downward spiral of being trafficked into prostitution.
Our adult drop-in homes are intentionally right in the middle of the drug activity and prostitution in our local communities. Women stop in for family-style meals, Bible Studies, encouragement and friendship. They shop the free clothes closet and receive donated hygiene items and can even take a private shower. Women with community service requirements can contribute their hours here. In some ways the nondescript nonresidential homes in Akron, North Canton and Downtown Canton combine the ways we serve women through our mentoring and outreach efforts. The homes are a safe haven, a respite and a place for real connection for the women who enter through our doors.
Volunteers connect with incarcerated women through jail visits, writing letters and leading group Bible Studies. Although the studies are optional, it is not unusual for more than half of the women in a facility to attend. RAHAB volunteers commit to praying for a Pen Pal who is incarcerated or in rehab and to writing at least two encouraging letters a month. Volunteers can receive mail back via RAHAB’s PO Box. In an Our Daily Bread video, RAHAB staff member Angel, shared the impact of RAHAB Founder Becky Moreland’s jail visit to her years ago.
Minor Community Based Programming
Through our nearly 20 years of experience, RAHAB knows that without transformational relationships, we cannot offer long-term solutions to human trafficking. Without safe, healthy adults intervening in a child’s life, change does not occur. We believe that safe relationships — people who stay in your life forever — an alternative network to combat the traffickers’ networks — are the core of what we offer in every area of programming. Our new minor community-based program is no exception. A family-centered approach that will:
- Provide supportive services to children (11-17) in partnership with parents, families of origin, foster families and host families.
- Collaborate with existing systems to offer support and cutting-edge expertise in serving trafficked children.
- Expand our transitional housing program, The Oaks, to serve transitioning-aged youth (18-24) who no longer have access to services in the community. This programming replaces the services RAHAB previously provided at Rebecca’s Place, our safe house for minor victims, More info can be found here.
Education, Training, and Inspiration
Education and training are key to preventing and identifying human trafficking. And while human trafficking is an atrocity, the transformations Truth and Love bring are inspiring. Our people have spoken to faith-based retreats, state-wide conferences, large corporations, top hospitals, prosecutors, law enforcement, first-responders, school in-services, students, businesses and many others. Contact us, if you’d like to request a speaker.