I love when our team and community pull their resources together and the outcome is positive! Reno is one of the most dedicated and passionate cities I have ever lived in. It is one of the many things that makes me proud to call Reno home. We do not just want to throw money at a problem or pretend that it isn’t happening here; we are active and quick to be part of the solution!
Last night, I received a call from the precious eighteen-year-old mentioned in Her One Skill. She was working in Las Vegas and finally decided she wanted out. I do not have any contacts in Vegas, but I know two people who do. Together, we made a few phone calls and sent a few messages and within the hour, we were able to have her picked up and taken to a safe place! This morning they continued to network and got her placed into a program where she will live and continue to work on her goals and aspirations.
This afternoon, we again were able to see success in working with another local agency. They met with a young woman this morning who was trafficked to Reno just three days ago. She was scared and wanted to go back to her home across the country. They were able to meet a few of her immediate needs and then partner with us for the rest. We also reached out to a friend and together we were able to get her on a flight back home by the evening. And it won’t end there, there is another organization in her home state that if she allows, will continue to care for her and assist her in her needs.
Cases like this don’t always end well. Sometimes the women run. I worked with a woman who thought she wanted to go back home to get away from her trafficker and at the last minute she ran. At the airport, she ran! Thankfully, this week, we’ve seen many girls get placed into different treatment facilities and shelters. There is no way we could do our job well at Awaken without the love and support we receive from other organizations. In Reno and across the country, we are extremely blessed with amazing support from people who genuinely care.
We were never meant to do this life alone. We need each other and if we are being honest with ourselves, other people make life more enjoyable! This week, honor people in your life by telling them how much they mean to you and why you appreciate them.
PC: Breaking Free