During the summer of 2010, Anna Smith interned at a Christian safe house for domestic minor sex trafficking victims. It was there Anna felt God calling her to fight human trafficking. That same summer Chris was working as a youth minister. Provoked by Anna’s interest, he took it upon himself to research the problem. Through research he discovered that few men were serving in modern day abolition. It was through that revelation he followed the call of God to be a man who stands up for freedom. Following a short stint of domestic human trafficking mission work, God placed the vision for Restore One on Anna and Chris’s hearts. Summer of 2012 they returned back to Greenville, NC to start the ministry. Upon moving back, the couple immediately met with Justine Williams to share about Restore One. Justine had just returned from Phuket, Thailand, where she spent the summer ministering to sex trafficked men and women trapped in the red light district. The team joined together and so the adventure began.
Restore One was officially founded June 2012 by a husband and wife team, Chris and Anna Smith and dear friend Justine Williams.
On March 27, 2013, Restore One was granted 501©3 nonprofit status, giving us the green light to progress toward opening The Anchor House. Our success did not end there. Over the past years, Restore One has seen the lasting impact we’ve had against the darkness of sex trafficking.
Chris, Anna and Justine have a passion to see true and lasting freedom take place for all persons enslaved. They as co-founders carry out this passion through the mission and vision of Restore One: