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Build a house where 10 boys will become men

by Hands United
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men
Build a house where 10 boys will become men

REWRITING STOLEN STORIES

Total raised for this project in 2019: $5,487.98 ($83,142 remaining until we reach our goal!) 

Total Donors: 47

Monthly Donors: 5

“Do for one child what we wish we could do for all”

Our organization has strived to make every decision, starting at the top, with this concept in mind. When we decided to join the fight in the anti-trafficking efforts back in 2014, we knew that it was crucial that we remember who is in the center, the survivors.

As 2019 comes to a close, we are overwhelmed at the incredible support we have experienced this past year. We launch in August 2018, with a clear and focused mission. Since then we have been able to raise over $100,000 towards opening the doors to our first home serving boys that have been victimized by human trafficking. With a constituent base increasing by 32%, a growing and consistent monthly donor base, and formidable partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, we are confident in a strong foundation for our vision.

The journey to the groundbreaking is well under way. During our due-diligence period for the new-build property, we saw that it wouldn’t be able to serve all our needs. After further research, and multiple partnership considerations we are currently in a due diligence period with a formidable nonprofit! Exemplifying one of our core values, unifying stewardship, we have the opportunity to partner with them for services that our program requires, cost-effective property management, and a shorter timeline towards opening our doors. As we work towards the final approval from our boards, we ask that our community continues to show their gracious support.

Our newest addition to our programming, online training platform, is undergoing final approval. We look forward to rolling out the platform in the first quarter of 2020 with excellence and integrity.

We are continuing to build a formidable community of anti-trafficking organizations that are fighting for the voiceless. Working together makes us stronger and more efficient, and the result of that is an overpouring of love that is evident in our work.

 We are so grateful for every single one of our donors, and the generous support you have all shown us. A special thank you to the growing 5 donors that have committed to being monthly supporters! This allows us to continue providing services on a constant basis, consistently improve our standards, and increase the strong partnerships we create.

If you haven’t already become a monthly donor, please consider doing so as we are currently in a monthly matching campaign where 100% of your monthly contribution will be matched!

Thank you for being #Allin with #HandsUnited!

 

Gratefully, 

Tatyana Ferguson and the Hands United team

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REWRITING STOLEN STORIES

Total raised for this project in 2019: $4,748 ($83,882 remaining until we reach our goal!) 

 

Total Donors: 45

Monthly Donors: 5

 “Do for one child what we wish we could do for all”

Our organization has strived to make every decision, starting at the top, with this concept in mind. When we decided to join the fight in the anti-trafficking efforts back in 2014, we knew that it was crucial that we remember who is in the center, the survivors.

2019 has been a year of milestones so far, with increasing the strength of our Board of Directors, to increasing our community of support and getting one step closer to breaking ground and start planting seeds.

Growing our efforts each quarter is important to us, and we are pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has expanded to welcome our newest member, Lara Stout. Her experience with corporate partnerships, healthcare IT efficacy and committed community engagement, made her involvement an absolute necessity to push the needle in our groundbreaking.

We have also expanded our team to include 2 brilliant and hardworking individuals that have a passion for the survivors. Brittany Hassell was originally one of Silver ambassadors, and exemplified being a “Voice for the Voiceless”. May 2019, she joined the team and is using her skills as a Relationships Officer. Julia Zuzanskaya also joined the team in May 2019 and has brought her proficient understanding of programming to Hands United as a Resource Developer.

September brings our second annual #VulnerabilityAwareness campaign for the entire month. With such an incredible outpour of support back in 2018, specifically from parents, we have made it an annual campaign, rolling out just in time for Back to School. Reaching over 1,500 individuals, we provide multiple resources for parents and children to practice Cyber Safety, understand different social platforms, be aware of which platforms traffickers/recruiters commonly use, address vulnerabilities, and highlight the multiple options that provide hope.

The journey to the groundbreaking of our first home is well under way. We are currently in the process of working with the community to achieve a unified acceptance of our programming. A “Special Use” permit is the first step to allow us to begin construction, and we are hopeful that with the support of the city and a group of passionate professionals, we will be successful in this preliminary milestone.

 One of our newest additions to our programming is our online training available to the public. Market research shows that digital platforms are the most common ways that the general public is accessing their information and education when it comes to social issues. We wanted to step into that space with evidence-based research and confirmed statistics, in collaboration with our partnering organizations, providing a way for all ages to interact and connect. Our courses, equipped with multiple lessons and tests, will be rolled out in the next quarter. This will allow our volunteers, and ambassadors to undergo training prior to their participation, increasing time management and ensuring proper education. Parents and children can interact with the courses to start the conversations on the red flags of human trafficking, and best practices for a responsible online presence. Businesses and professionals will be able to educate themselves with tailored resources and trauma-informed partners on human trafficking in the state of Georgia and the current climate of solutions and resources.

We are continuing to build a formidable community of anti-trafficking organizations that are fighting for the voiceless. Working together makes us stronger and more efficient, and the result of that is an overpouring of love that is evident in our work.

 We are so grateful for every single one of our donors, and the generous support you have all shown us. A special thank you to the growing 5 donors that have committed to being monthly supporters! This allows us to continue providing services on a constant basis, consistently improve our standards, and increase the strong partnerships we create.

If you haven’t already become a monthly donor, please consider doing so as we are currently in a monthly matching campaign where 100% of your monthly contribution will be matched!

Thank you for being #Allin with #HandsUnited!

 

Gratefully, 

Tatyana Ferguson and the Hands United team

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Total raised for this project in 2019: $2,768 ($85,862 remaining until we reach our goal!) 

Total Donors: 45

Monthly Donors: 5

 

“Do for one child what we wish we could do for all”

This year, our organization has strived to make every decision and step forward with this in mind. When we decided to join the fight in the anti-trafficking efforts, we knew that it was crucial that we remember who is in the center, the survivors.

We strive to continue growing and improving each quarter, and we are pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has expanded to welcome our newest member, Shelly Brown. Her experience with intentional design, and her groundbreaking career as a wellness editor for Good Grit magazine, as well as being a mother of 5 beautiful children, made her the perfect addition to our team.

2019 has been a year of milestones so far, with increasing the strength of our Board of Directors, to increasing our community of support and getting one step closer to breaking ground and start planting seeds.

One of our biggest fundraisers took place on April 6, 2019, Brawl for a Cause, and we were able to raise over $60,000. The overwhelming support we received allows us to move forward with purchasing the property that our facility will be built on! This is a big milestone for us, as we were scheduled to start negotiations in the first quarter and were able to enter a due diligence period before the end of it.

The property will allow us the breathing room for a phase 2 expansion. Providing more space for programming on-site, as well as opportunities for income producing services that will be used for our 18+ Survivor Services program.

We are continuing to build a formidable community of anti-trafficking organizations that are fighting for the voiceless. Working together makes us stronger and more efficient, and the result of that is and overpouring of love that is evident in our work.

 We are so grateful for every single one of our donors, and the generous support you have all shown us. A special thank you to the growing 5 donors that have committed to being monthly supporters! This allows us to continue providing services on a constant basis, consistently improve our standards, and increase the strong partnerships we create.

If you haven’t already become a monthly donor, please consider doing so as we are currently in a monthly matching campaign where 100% of your monthly contribution will be matched!

Thank you for being #Allin with #HandsUnited!

Together, we can rewrite their stolen stories

Gratefully, 

Tatyana Ferguson and the Hands United team

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Total raised for this project in 2018: $6,370 ($87,510 remaining until we reach our goal!) 

Total Donors: 42 

Monthly Donors: 3 

  2018 was a year of new beginnings, planning, and growth. We kicked it off asking and listening to what was needed in Georgia for children and youth victimized by human trafficking. With our partners by our side, and GA Cares eager for us to open our doors, we begin working towards breaking ground on a group home that will serve under-aged victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. We launched our website, rebranded, and finalized our residential program. With our community of supporters around us, we officially launched in August 2018, and celebrated the passion everyone showed to join the fight in ending human trafficking.

  This project was our first capital campaign and we were able to raise 7% of our goal in 2 months! Since then, we have designed the environment we want to intentionally create in our homes. We added aspects, like an outdoor area and technology room, in which research has shown is beneficial in battling PTSD. Working with a local realtor, we have narrowed down properties for our groundbreaking. We have been given an incredible opportunity to build a facility around our house to provide quality services and programming while preserving the essence of a home. This is more than just a residential program for boys that have survived the industry. It is a restoration for the future men of Atlanta. 

  As we enter 2019, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering survivor services outside of our residential program, for both adults and minors affected by human trafficking. With passionate partners in our community, we are able to offer services such as specialized healthcare, counseling/therapy, job/skill exposure, self-harm cover/tattoo removal, and tutoring. This allows us to assist and expand the demographic we serve, as we work towards opening our doors . Working together with partnering nonprofits, we are building a formidable community of anti-trafficking organizations fighting for survivors! 

  This year, we have also improved our ambassador program, and gained 2 additional members. One of them has signed up to FIGHT for our mission and the survivors we serve. On April 6th, Tommy will be fighting in the Brawl for a Cause, and we invite all of you to join us ringside as we cheer him on. Follow along on his journey as he prepares to step into the ring, and fundraises for our home! 

  We are so grateful for every single one of our donors, and the generous support you have all shown us. A special thank you to the 3 donors that have committed to being monthly supporters! This allows us to continue providing services on a constant basis, consistenly improve our standards, and increase the strong partnerships within the community.

Thank you for being #Allin with #HandsUnited!

Together, we can rewrite the stolen stories and restore a childhood

Gratefully, 

Tatyana Ferguson and the Hands United team

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Hands United

Location: Roswell, GA - USA
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Project Leader:
Tatyana Ferguson
Roswell, GA United States

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