So many special and wonderful things are happening in the lives of trafficking survivors because of your support! Here's just a glimpse of everything taking place in Eye Heart World.
Volunteer Orientation Brings New Faces to the Rose Center
We recently hosted a volunteer orientation for new volunteers seeking to get involved at the Rose Centers in both Mobile, AL and Green Bay, WI. Out of caution due to COVID-19, we offered this orientation in a hybrid format for the very first time - meaning that new volunteers could choose to attend in person at either Rose Center or attend virtually.
It was a great success! Six staff members from both Alabama and Wisconsin assisted with facilitating the event, and 15 new volunteers attended either virtually or in person. We are encouraged by the hearts of those that are seeking to join the fight for freedom, and we are grateful that they are choosing to invest their time, energy, and gifts into serving our survivors.
Volunteers are essential to every aspect of Rose Center services. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, we would love to have you at our next volunteer orientation!
The Rose Center in Green Bay is hosting a volunteer orientation on Saturday, November 7. If you are interested in volunteering at the Rose Center in Green Bay, WI - please contact email@example.com. If you are interested in volunteering at the Rose Center in Mobile, AL - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to partnering with you to build communities where sexual exploitation cannot thrive!
Eye Heart World Supporters Raise Awareness and Funds for the Fight for Freedom
In early September, our founder - Brian Russo - received a check from Honey Land Juice Co. following a generous fundraiser that they hosted! We are so grateful for supporters that use their sphere of influence to make a positive impact in combatting human trafficking in their communities.
Additionally - on Saturday, September 19th, some of our supporters hosted a Human Trafficking Awareness Walk along the Packers Heritage Trail in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This peaceful walk sought to raise awareness of the realities of domestic human trafficking, including the trafficking and exploitation of children and adolescents.
While this was not an Eye Heart World sponsored event, some of our staff members at the Rose Center in Green Bay were able to attend the walk, and they were so glad that they did. We are encouraged by the increased conversations about human trafficking in the United States, and we’re always excited to see people mobilized to action on behalf of survivors of exploitation.
To our supporters, we say THANK YOU for organizing incredible events, for using your voice & gifts on behalf of survivors of exploitation, and for pointing new supporters our way. We are so grateful for your role in the fight for freedom!
Additionally, in October, a friend from Nicolet Bank stopped by our office and handed us a large check from the Nicolet Bank Foundation. We were absolutely blown away!
2020 has had its challenges for everyone, but the support of so many friends in the community has been unbelievable + it has enabled us to continue helping trafficking victims find freedom, healing, + hope! Thank you to Nicolet National Bank for your generosity!
On October 4, The Black Saddle Tavern & Oasis In Green Bay raised $4,017 for Eye Heart World. The saloon hosted a meat raffle where 100% of the proceeds were donated directly to Eye Heart World. In addition, 10% of the weekend proceeds were also donated to Eye Heart World.
We are so grateful for our local communities and their commitment to fight for freedom. The fundraisers and donations that they bring are crucial to our organization and the ability to fight human trafficking.
Donations Needed in Green Bay, WI
As we transition from a residential facility to a drop-in center, our services and population served are expanding quickly and significantly! As a result, we are asking for donations to meet some of the immediate needs of our survivors. These needs include:
- NEW socks (plain white/crew for boots)
- NEW bras & underwear (all sizes)
- New or gently used winter coats
- New or gently used winter boots
- Winter hats and gloves
- New or gently used closed toe shoes (size 7, 8, 9 needed)
- Camis/undershirts (size M-XL needed)
- Expandable clothing rack
- Living room furniture (especially couches)
- Canvases for painting
- Individual bags of chips, cheez-its, goldfish, etc.
- Cheese sticks
- Packs of crackers
- Similar individually wrapped snacks
All donations can be dropped off at The Exchange - 317 Main Ave. De Pere, WI 54115
Thank you for helping us meet some of our survivors’ tangible needs!
Founder Featured on Podcast
Season Russo - one of our founders - recently spoke with Michael and Mickayla Stoner on their podcast “Health Talk with the Stoners.” In their talk, Season shared the realities of sex trafficking and the work that Eye Heart World is doing to serve survivors of sexual exploitation.
You can find this podcast episode by searching “Health Talk with the Stoners” on Spotify or Apple Music. Season’s discussion on sex trafficking is featured on episode 077.
Social Media Highlights - Core Values
During the months of September and October, our social media accounts covered a series of “Eye Heart World Wednesday” posts that highlighted each of our five core values. The overall theme of the posts encompassed what characteristics Eye Heart World possesses and how it relates to our survivors and their journeys. Our core values define who we are, not what we do. And they also embody the skills and abilities we help survivors learn, most often for the first time in their lives.
Strengths-Based means that we choose to see individuals and their inherent strengths before we see their current or past situations. An important part of being strengths-based in using first person language, such as using the term “survivors” instead of “victims.” This keeps the focus on the survivors’ resilience and emphasizes that they are far more than what they have been through. And survivors learn to change their perspectives to a strength-based approach, which impacts their relationships and lives.
Teachability means that we are always seeking opportunities to learn and grow in our understanding of trafficking, trauma, and working with survivors. This often takes the forms of trainings, seminars, continuing education, etc. Teachability enables us to provide effective evidence-based services to the survivors. And when survivors take on a teachable heart, they are poised to excel at whatever they set their minds to.
Ownership implies taking responsibility in living out our vision as an organization--communities were sex trafficking is unable to thrive. We aim to empower our survivors to live their lives as women who are valued, worthy, and equipped to succeed in the world. Ownership implies initiative, or seeing the needs and goals of our survivors and using our resources to meet those. And survivors learn that while they can't control what they have been through, the have the power to take ownership of where they go from here.
Generosity means being open-handed in using our time and resources to give back to survivors what was taken from them. We aim to be rivers, not reservoirs. We serve our survivors generously because they too deserve to be served. The Eye Heart World staff, volunteers, and survivors are each part of the same family that seeks to work and learn together in love. And survivors learn that when they live out a life of generosity, they open themselves of to even more of the growth mindset that will propel them further in life.
Communication is an integral part of building relationships with survivors. It implies that we are a safe place that listens, so that our survivors feel comfortable enough to heal. Because of their experiences, survivors often find it difficult to trust others, and are far more likely to trust our staff and volunteers when we speak truth in love. We openly recognize our shortcomings so that our survivors feel more comfortable about sharing their stories. Also because of their experiences, most survivors were never given the communication skills they need to thrive. We help them gain those communication skills so can communicate their needs, boundaries and desires in healthy ways.
It’s important to remember that you can make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.
If you suspect someone is being trafficked, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. To connect someone with our services, you can call our Alabama hotline at (251) 206-8779 or our Wisconsin hotline at (920) 395-5825. If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 to contact local emergency services.