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Beauty for Ashes

She was nine years old when she learned that her body was valuable.  The brother that she trusted – that she loved – that she adored and admired – was the one who would sell her out.  Gang bait.  Her vulnerable, beautiful body turned to commodity as they forced themselves into her room and onto her.  At nine years old.  To earn their rite into the brotherhood that the gang offered to them, they violated this precious treasured one.  And the family that she had so trusted was now, simply not safe anymore.

She was twelve years old when it began.  The looks.  The touching.  The things that made her stomach churn and her soul tremble.  She begged for it to stop, but no one seemed to listen.  Not even her mother.  She said that she was “just a liar.”  “How could you possibly blame him?” He gave her money and clothes, with false promises to do even more – if she would just keep quiet.  And being quiet wasn’t so hard anymore.  Because who would believe her anyway?  Certainly, not her mother.  The older man of the family would continue his game.  She only wished that she could somehow escape from his hand.  But she couldn’t make it stop.  No one could. Her body was simply not hers anymore.

They were teenagers when they discovered that their bodies were exchangeable.  Exchangeable for payment.  Available to pay rent.  No one asked them though – what they wanted.  They were simply told by their grandmother, their guardian, “This is what you must do if you want some place to live.  We don’t have no money, but you’ve got this.  And when you give them what they want, we will have the money to live.”  And so they did.  No questions asked.  Bodies traded for shelter – and by the one who was supposed to protect them.  But if she says it’s what they must do, than who were they to complain?  Besides, where would they even go?

The stories are numerous of the girls of our communities.  Beautiful, precious girls who have discovered that their bodies can so easily be exchanged for a dollar. Touches go unnoticed and prayers of mercy and begging for freedom seems to die in the air.  The moment the words are even spoken.

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For these girls, Daughters of Worth began.  In 2015, I began listening to the heart-cries of precious girls who were simply fighting for their lives, their freedom and their futures.  And as they spoke their truth, their experiences, I soon discovered how many of our treasured girls of our communities simply do not know of their worth.  They have bought into the lie that their lives are really not their own and that their bodies are not to be cherished or valued.  These beautiful girls have fallen prey to one of the oldest and most vulnerability-seeking lies:  You are simply not good enough.   And the moment that one begins to accept this lie as truth, everything changes.  Hope is suddenly gone.

While the whispers of the world plague her soul and battle for her mind, Daughters of Worth intervenes – to find her in the shadows -the spaces that she is hiding from the world and most often, even herself.  For it is here where Shame pushes us into the corner and screams to our souls that we simply do not matter.  We are not worthy.  We are not enough.  And for the majority of the girls that we serve, they have bought into this lie.  They have come to believe that there is no purpose left for their lives.  And it is here – in this place – where we must fight.  

Although we have six signature programs that reach across four counties of Eastern NC and serve over 1,000 girls each month, our core mission of education, equipping and empowering girls is all about hope.  It’s all about restoration and redemption – bringing her from the broken pieces of her life directly into the heart of hope, love and grace.  For it is here where everything will change.  It is here where she will find her worth again.  It is here when she will reveal that her life has a plan greater than herself.  It is here that she will truly realize that she is so much stronger than she thinks, and she can truly overcome and create the life of her dreams.  It is here where her life is transformed and redeemed.

In Isaiah 61, the Promise declares:

 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion – to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”

Beloved one, I do not know your story or your heart.  I do not know the places of Shame that you wrestle with in your own life or the lies that the enemy desires to torment you with in your own mind.  Yet, what I do know is that we have a Grace-Giver and Love-Creator who is seeking to call His beloved ones out of the shadows.  He is seeking to call us out of our secret places of shame and guilt.  He is seeking to restore our hearts, to bring freedom, to bind up our deepest wounds and to redeem our souls.  He is seeking to heal us from the places where we question if we are enough – if we have what it takes.  He is seeking to bring us closer to Himself and to trade us ashes for beauty and joy for our sorrow.  We simply must give Him access to the shattered pieces, so that He can redeem our story and bring healing to our lives.

- Liz Liles, Founder of Daughters of Worth

It’s all about restoration and redemption – bringing her from the broken pieces of her life directly into the heart of hope, love and grace.  For it is here where everything will change. 
— Liz Liles

Meet Liz

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Liz Liles is the Founder/CEO of Daughters of Worth, a non-profit organization that exists to educate, equip, and empower girls of all ages to become strong women of influence in their communities.  It is her life prayer that each day of her life would be poured out in service to others.  She is the author of Broken and Beautiful: From Ashes to Beauty Rising and an inspirational speaker.  Liz has found her home in Greenville, NC and can typically be found wherever coffee is served!


Restore One - 2018 Annual Report

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PIONEERING A VISION

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.
— Hebrews 11:1

This scripture encapsulates the spirit of the anti-human trafficking movement and of our pioneers, Chris and Anna Smith, Co-Founders of Restore One, and Linda Royster, our Executive Director. When they began this journey over six years ago, there was no template of how to build a home for boys who had been sexually exploited; for no one else was doing it and some denied boys were being victimized in this manner, at all. They were certain of what no one else saw, and sure what God had placed on their hearts to do. And so, they went on, in faith, that God would lead them at each step and help them overcome each obstacle…and He did!

Today we stand at the beginning of The Anchor House as a reality – a place where boys who have been sexually trafficked can come to live in love, healing and restoration. There are many challenges ahead. We need for trafficked boys’ caregivers to find out about us and refer boys to come live at The Anchor House, we need to continue to recruit and retain the excellent staff we have assembled, and we need to raise at least 50% more in 2019 to maintain the house throughout the year. Rather than ignoring these challenges and pretending like everything is all positive, we are reminded to bring it all before the Lord and let Him do what only He can do…and that is provide and make a way.

Thank you for being on this journey with us and we look forward to what God has in store for Restore One and for the boys in 2019 and beyond.

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Michael W. Eggleston

President

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THE FRUIT OF FAITH

Bright eyed and full of youthful zest, Chris and I wholeheartedly believed in God’s ability to forge The Anchor House into existence. Although we cast a beautiful dream, the calling to build this home was not without heartache and toil. Our team faced unimaginable spiritual warfare, flooding, and controversy as we sought to follow God’s heart to restore boys from a life of horror and sexual violence

“In these moments of hardship, we are so grateful we did not lose sight of the dream to one day get the doors of The Anchor House open.”

In October of 2018, nearly six and half years after the initial vision, Restore One opened the doors of The Anchor House to receive boys, Hallelujah! Through God's faithfulness and your support, the impossibility of this ministry has been made possible.

Our hearts bear enormous gratitude as we share and celebrate this new season. God's devotion to see boys restored out of sex trafficking is evident, and in the process, He has been loyal to fulfill a youthful dream into a substantial life-changing ministry. Now in the coming months, we will see the fruit of our corporate faith come to life as the staff at The Anchor House begin the journey of healing with the boys who are to come.

Thank you for believing, praying, supporting and allowing God to use you in a mighty way to see this vision become a reality!

This, our dear friends, is the work of the Kingdom!

May our faith continue to rise.

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Chris & Anna Smith

Co-founders


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A NEW SEASON

As the Executive Director of The Anchor House, and an employee of Restore One for four years, I have walked through setbacks, roadblocks and opposition. On the flip side, I have experienced and seen God’s undeniable favor through it all! For me, 2018 represented a crossing over into a new season. As the realization grew that we would become a licensed facility, one unrelenting phrase came to mind, “for you have not passed this way before” Joshua 3:4. In part, I know why this passage of Scripture would not leave me. As the overseer of the home, I and my team, need to know that God has gone before us, cleared the pathway, and held back the waters for us to pass into this new season. As long as we focus on following God’s lead, we will know how to adjust our program of care to meet the unique needs of our residents and staff. Secondly, God is in our midst-bringing us safety, protection, peace, wisdom and joy. We are called to participate in the restoration of those who have experienced unthinkable darkness. We need to know that in addition to our skill, training, and compassion that it is God’s presence that will make healing and transformation possible. Lastly, not only does God go before us, but also follows after us, ensuring our safe passage into the space we are meant to occupy.

“We recognize that the work we are called to is holy and the outcome is extravagant, it is more than what we have ever seen.”
— Linda Royster
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Linda Royster

Executive Director


2018 KEY OUTCOMES

  • Developed Policy and Procedure Manual for The Anchor House Operations

  • Passed Building, Fire and Sanitation Inspections

  • Received Licensure from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

  • Anchor Academy became a registered Non-public Private School on-site

  • Hired and Trained 6 StaffCPR, Medication Administration, First Aid

  • 24+ Hours of Trauma Informed Training for Staff Development

  • Adapted Intake Screening Tool to Fit Needs of The Anchor House

  • National Awareness Campaign for Social Workers, Police Departments, Hospitals in Capitol City of 48 states, excluding Alaska and Hawaii

  • Conducted 7 NC Training Programs for Nonprofits and Community Members (350+)

  • Trained on Sex Trafficking of Males at 3 National Conferences

  • Welcomed New President, Mike Eggleston

  • Conducted Two Strategic Planning Sessions with Board and Executive Leadership Team

  • Implemented the Entrepreneur Operating System (EOS) for Executive Leadership Team

  • Completed BOYS Documentary Film Project to Raise National Awareness & Increase Identification


OUR MISSION

Opening and developing innovate safe home care that embraces holistic healing and therapeutic support for male survivors of sex trafficking.

OUR VISION

To illuminate and eradicate the sexual exploitation of males.

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Sex trafficking is a worldwide epidemic, a tragedy that affects women, men and children. While the movement of sex trafficking has brought large awareness to female victims of trafficking, males have largely been overlooked.

In January of 2014, Restore One Co-Founders Chris & Anna Smith joined forces with Kartal Peel (Film Director) to travel across the country to film BOYS. Through interviews with service care providers, male survivors and those in the field of Abolition, the BOYS documentary brings validity to the truth that males are victims of sex trafficking here in America. It puts human faces and real-life stories on this difficult and growing problem.

BOYS is the first feature length documentary about male sex trafficking in the United States. In 2019, a national film tour will provide an opportunity to gather key community stakeholders, nonprofit organizations and the general public around this important issue with the ultimate goal of seeing more men and boy victims identified and served.

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Kartal Peel

Film Director

“Getting to know Anna and Chris Smith in Greenville, I saw their passion for fighting against the sex-trafficking of boys in America and I knew it was a compelling story and that, if I could capture it, lives would be saved.”
— Kartal Peel, Film Director

2018 BOARD & TEAM

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FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

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Restore One set to debut BOYS, a documentary film, at Reimage Church, Greenville, NC

Restore One to Debut Documentary Film, BOYS, at the 5th Annual Night of Freedom Fundraising Event at Reimage Church in Greenville, NC, March 30

Nonprofit Co-Founders Join Forces with Kartal Peel, Film Director, to Release a Documentary Film Examining the Sex Trafficking of Males in America


Greenville, NC, March 12, 2019 – Restore One, a faith-based nonprofit, is set to debut BOYS, a documentary film, examining the sex trafficking of American men and boys - a crime of modern-day slavery. The screening will be premiered during the organization’s 5th Annual Night of Freedom Fundraiser for their residential care home, The Anchor House. The event will be held March 30, 6:30 p.m., at Reimage Church3950 Victory Lane, Winterville, NC 28590, in the metro area of Greenville, NC.

Sex trafficking affects women, men and children, but restorative care for males has largely been overlooked, as reported in The Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation Journal - Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. To increase awareness and to explore this imbalance, Restore One co-founders Chris & Anna Smith joined forces with Kartal Peel, a creative content and video producer, to script and shoot a documentary film, which upon completion was titled: BOYS. By way of interviews with male survivors, service care providers and those in the field of abolition, the documentary reveals the true story of males exploited by sex traffickers in America, as mentioned in a 2017 article in Forbes.

Restore One’s newly opened Anchor House is committed to providing residential care that is trauma-informed, holistic and Christ-centered, at no cost to residents and their families. The licensed program is designed to serve domestic minor male victims of commercial sexual exploitation, ages 12-18. The Anchor House is committed to helping residents overcome difficulties and grow toward whole and fulfilled lives. Its onsite school, Anchor Academy, is registered with the NC Division of Non-Public Education.

“Abused and trafficked boys have been mischaracterized and ignored far too long,” said Chris Smith, co-founder and director of engagement at Restore One. “Now, this documentary, BOYS, tells the story of this crime against humanity, we believe for the first time.”

Research as far back as 2008, estimates the abuse of boys to be as high as 50% of commercially sexually exploited (CSE) children in New York, according to a study by John Jay College and the Center for Court Innovation, Until recently, this data had little effect on changing the lopsided 100 to 1 ratio of residential treatment and recovery facilities for girls to boys. Restore One has set out to change that by building the second of only two facilities currently available in the US, conceived and managed for the care of boys, who have been sexually exploited.  

Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) often appears in the form of commercial sexual exploitation, such as prostitution, pornography and/or erotic entertainment. ECPAT International  estimates that 100,000-300,000 American youth are victims of DMST within the United States each year, and 325,000 more youth are at risk of becoming a victim. The charitable organization, Polaris Project estimates that the average age an American boy entering forced prostitution ranges from 11-13 years and 12-14 years for girls. Studies indicate that an equal number of homeless, sheltered, or runaway girls and boys are at high risk of DMST.

Following the Greenville, NC screening of BOYS, Restore One is taking the film on a nationwide screening tour with the aim to raise awareness and create a dialogue about male sex trafficking and restoration of those victimized. This film tour provides an opportunity to gather key community stakeholders, nonprofit organizations and the general public around this important issue with the goal of seeing more boys identified and helped.

The BOYS documentary raises the awareness that boys and men are being sexually trafficked within U.S. borders. The subject of the film is told bravely through the narratives of five survivors. Their stories dismantle the myth that boys and men are immune to sexual trafficking. On tour, Co-Founder Anna Smith will compel others to join Restore One in this call to address male sex trafficking by raising the awareness and need for identification, recovery and restoration of exploited boys.

“Getting to know Anna and Chris Smith in Greenville, I saw their passion for fighting against the sex-trafficking of boys in America,” said Kartal Peel, a BFA graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art where he specialized in Integrated Media. “I knew it was a compelling story and that, if I could capture it, lives would be saved.” 

Resident application forms for The Anchor House and details regarding the national film tour are available on-line at the Restore One website - http://www.restoreonelife.org/.

Be The Key

It’s still dark outside as the alarm clock sounds loudly, assaulting my dreams and shaking me into a new day. 5:30 AM and the day is starting. I jump out of bed because already, I my mind is racing through the phone calls, meetings, and work of the day. By 7:30 AM the phone begins ringing. It’s a survivor calling to say good morning. She is still trying to get her legs under her in the battle to reclaim her life and that morning phone call keeps her going.

Life wasn’t always like this. I used to be a stay-at-home mom of middle school students and served as the school sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). My mornings were busy with gathering lunches, signing PTA forms and shuttling students to school, not talking someone out of leaving their recovery program or going to court to request a restraining order. 

How did a former kindergarten teacher, mother of two end up in the fight of sex trafficking in America? Simple, really. I heard about it and I was not okay with what I heard.

Early in 2010, I learned the average entry age of female entering the sex trade in this country was 12-14 years old. Later I learned the average age for boys was 11-13. Yes, boys are victims of this heinous crime too. I couldn’t let that knowledge go. I had spent four years of my life working with 11-14 year olds. I had to learn more. I had to do something about this. People needed to know. Educators need to know what to look for because this could happen to anyone’s child. After releasing the book, I realized and confirmed one of the students who came through my FCA every week was a victim of sex trafficking.

For six months, I researched sex trafficking. A detective I met became the gate keeper for me and he introduced me to survivors, parents of girls who were still in the life, law enforcement officers and front line organizations serving the victims. Later, he introduced me to a former trafficker. After digging, I came to two conclusions. This evil is epidemic and people need to know about it. 

I took my research and wrote Rescuing Hope, A Story of Sex Trafficking in America. I wrote it fictional because students wouldn’t reach a non-fiction book unless a grade was assigned to it. And the traffickers of the girls I interviewed were still out there. In fact, they still are today.

 
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When Rescuing Hope released on December 31, 2012, I thought I had done my part. I shined a light on the evil and now could move on, or so I thought. But God had a different plan.

When we see a survivor hold her baby for the first time, graduate from college, or get a promotion at a job so he can provide for himself and his family, we know what we do matters. 

The survivors I interviewed started calling me. “Hey, mama, I need groceries.” Or one would call collect from jail. I did what I could to assist them and the calls kept coming. My husband and I talked about it, prayed about it and realized this was becoming a reoccurring thing. I couldn’t walk away. I had to help them. William Wilberforce says, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you do not know. If not me, then who?

After six years of walking this out as an individual, serving many survivors and family, we formed the nonprofit Rescuing Hope. We aren’t about rescuing individuals, because most of those we serve are out of the life before we ever meet them. We set out to rescue the hope they’ve lost in humanity and in their ability to have a normal life.

My days are crazy and there are never two the same…. but I wouldn’t change a thing. When we see a survivor hold her baby for the first time, graduate from college, or get a promotion at a job so he can provide for himself and his family, we know what we do matters. 

Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” What will you do?

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Susan Norris

Founder & Executive Director of Rescuing Hope

About Susan Norris

Susan Norris is the Founder and Executive Director of Rescuing Hope and has been involved in the fight against sex trafficking in America since 2010. Her passion is to raise awareness about the issue, educate potential victims and first responders, and encourage and empower survivors to live an abundant life.

Susan partners with other front line organizations, therapists and law enforcement officers she met through writing her novel, Rescuing Hope, as well as through mentoring survivors. She also leverages resources throughout the community to provide services for survivors. 

Susan is a member of the Georgia State Human Trafficking Task Force. She is P.O.S.T. certified to train law enforcement in Georgia and is a CLASS certified speaker. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught in public and private schools and served as a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes prior to joining the fight against sex trafficking.

Susan is a wife and the mother of two adult children. She and her husband live in Atlanta, Georgia.


 




NATIONWIDE TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT - BOYS Documentary

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Sex trafficking is a worldwide epidemic, a tragedy that affects women, men and children. While the movement to stop sex trafficking has brought large awareness to female victims of trafficking, males have largely been overlooked and underserved.

Over 5 years ago, Restore One Co-Founders Chris & Anna Smith joined forces with Peel Creative to travel across the country to film the BOYS Documentary. Through interviews with service care providers, male survivors and those in the field of Abolition, the BOYS Documentary brings validity to the truth that males are victims of sex trafficking in America. It puts faces and real-life stories on this difficult and growing problem.

This Spring, Restore One is taking the film on the road. We aim to raise awareness of this issue and create dialogue around the identification of male sex trafficking and restoration of those victimized. This film provides an opportunity to gather key community stakeholders, nonprofit organizations and the general public around this important issue with the ultimate goal of seeing more boys identified and helped.

The following dates and cities have been confirmed for the nationwide tour:

Other cities we are finalizing for the tour include: Chicago, NYC, Atlanta, Kansas City, Nashville and Greenville, SC. There is no charge to attend a screening.

If you would like to see the film screened in a city not on our current list, please contact us to discuss.

We invite you to preview one of the three trailers below and we ask you to pray specifically around this initiative.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the film tour and announcements concerning tickets.

We are seeking sponsors to help underwrite the costs associated with this tour. Please contact us for more information below. Sponsorship levels range between $250 - $10,000.

Thank you!

Emily Fitchpatrick,

Director of Development

emily@restoreonelife.org

The Importance of Saying “Yes”

The Importance of Saying “Yes”

By: Jessa Dillow Crisp

As the heat from the summer afternoon filtered into our car, John, my husband, and I found ourselves several years ago driving down a quiet street in Denver looking for the Craigslist kayaks that had been posted hours earlier. Instead of seeing the plasticity of bright colors representing happy days on Colorado’s mountain streams, our eyes landed on a run-down trailer on one side of the road. 

I don’t know what it was that made us notice the trailer in the first place, but almost at the same time as we saw it our eyes moved to the other side of the road where a woman got out of a small car and held a dolled up, young boy in her arms. A weird oddness and an energy of caution enveloped the whole situation as we saw an older man leave the trailer and walk across the street to the woman. As their hands touched, he took the boy out of her arms and walked back across the street where we saw the door of the trailer close behind him. 

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At this point, John and I looked at each other and both said at the same time “did you just see what I saw?” Making the decision to pull over to the side of the road, we processed the scene taking place in front of our eyes. 

Integrated into the questions of “what is happening right now with this boy?” was the disturbing reality that as a survivor of human trafficking and as a professional in the anti-trafficking field, not only do I see things that many people do not see—but my mind starts thinking about the worst as I categorized the red flags that I have lived.  

For instance, several of the red flags that stood out to us included the fact that the trailer was not in front of a residence to show that it belonged in the area, the dissociated and hazed look on the boy’s face, the way the boy did not fight but he also did not acknowledge the man or even look at the woman, then when placed in the driver’s seat of the trailer (it was for less than a minute) the child showed a stark level of unfamiliarity. Then there was the woman. After the little boy was taken inside the trailer, she got back into her car started to drive in circles around the neighborhood, passing us and the trailer several times in the minutes that ensued.  

Oddity. Abnormal behaviors. Unusual movement within a local suburb. What if we are the only ones who hold the power to intervene? 

After calling local law enforcement and explaining to them my professional job in the anti-trafficking movement as a trainer and speaker, as well as telling them the red flags that we witnessed—we sat and waited for them to arrive. Sadly, when they did, the lights were flashing and the sirens were blaring… when they turned down the street we saw the woman who was circling the neighborhood speed off in the opposite direction… and then we saw the officers not only bang on the trailer door, but also leave when it wouldn’t open. 

In a day and age where we are educating others about the reality of human trafficking and what protocol responses should be put in place, WHY are we still struggling to know how to do so in a trauma-sensitive and survivor-informed way?

A few weeks after that devastating experience, we were presenting our non-profit, BridgeHope to a large group of individuals when a male survivor of trafficking came up to us and asked if we knew of any resources within Colorado for boys who have survived exploitation. Although, the answer at the time was “no”—these two experiences dramatically changed us. 

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In response to the gap of services and the needs of male survivors being experienced, several years ago, BridgeHope became the first organization in Colorado that provides direct services to male survivors. We are truly honored to work with Restore One and support them in the work that they are doing! 

All God asks us to do is be obedient in the small things, which means our yeses are extremely important as we serve and worship God. Even though difficult, obedience becomes a form of praise back to our Redeemer. For us, God is calling us to expand our ministry and work to include a focus on male exploitation AND for you, although your yeses might be unique to the calling on your life—what is God asking you to do today?  


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Bio:

As the Co-founder and Executive Director at BridgeHope, Jessa Dillow Crisp uses her childhood experience of severe abuse and trafficking to illustrate both the stark realities of sex trafficking, and the truth that healing transformation is possible. Some highlights of Jessa's career include speaking at the Colorado State Capitol, speaking at the National Character Leadership Symposium, filming with Fight the New Drug and Real Woman Real Stories, and training the Department of Homeland Security on topics related to human trafficking. 

Regifting Grace (it’s a Good thing)

Regifting Grace (it’s a Good thing)


Grace is a gift. A gift costs nothing to the one receiving the gift… ever. God gives me grace because of Who He is, not because of anything I am or do… I can’t earn it or “pay Him back” for it. It is a gift. Even though God gives me grace daily, I had a difficult time putting words to my thoughts about grace with any clarity. Naturally, I Googled it. 

Grace is unmerited favor. This definition reminded me of teachings I have heard that mercy is not getting what I deserve, and grace is getting what I don’t deserve. 

Mercy is also a gift, and it spares me from the things I am due. Romans 6:23a tells me “the wages of sin is death…” so the mercy of Christ’s sacrifice paid the price so that I would be spared the death I am due.

Grace is next level. Jesus’ resurrection takes us from simply being delivered from death and the wages of my sin, and delivers me to restored relationship with God, Himself< and to life… eternal and abundant life. I do NOT deserve such favor, and yet God has given me this gift of grace along with mercy.

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I am called to love others as my brothers and sisters… period. No matter how much alike or different we are, or how much I like them or don’t even want to spend time with them… I am to love. Using Christ’s example, love includes both mercy and grace. 

Mercy can be tough for me. I am called to forgive. What that means is that I am supposed to let go of any hurt that someone else has brought into my life. I am to die to the “right” that I have to remind them and hold them accountable for the harm they have done. I am to be merciful leave room for God to touch their heart, which positions me to have the restorative and healing work done in my own heart. This is mercy, and nobody said it would be easy. Even Jesus would tell you that this is an expensive and elaborate gift to give.

Grace is even tougher for me!  Grace requires that I release the idea of life being “fair” or that “they will reap what they sow” as a veiled expectation that what goes around comes around. Grace means that the person who finally surrenders to Christ as Lord and Savior on their deathbed is no more and no less favored than a person who grew up in church, accepted Christ in youth group and lived a lifetime honoring and serving God.

Let’s simplify this.  Would I really want life that is “fair” or based on what I deserve? If I got what I deserved, and only what I deserved, I would be barred from relationship with God and the abundant life He gives… and I would be condemned justly to eternal suffering in that separation from God. If I think that there are parts of this life that have been a struggle, the fact is I would not even be able to struggle without grace and mercy. I would be reaping all that I have sown, and I would be defeated… devastated.

But God is Gracious. He is Love. He is full grace and mercy. He gives me undeserved, unearned, overflowing favor. In the Old Testament, God’s character and actions are frequently described as gracious, from the Hebrew word chânan ( חָנַן ) which includes the imagery of bending or stooping in kindness to an inferior. We are all created in His image and are equal in His eyes, so this is not about inferiority among people.

Picture it. My wife, Crystal, and I explored the definitions of favor, the themes that stood out were preferential treatment, a gift, a liking or support, raising someone up even as if they were in a “lower” position than you, and treating an injured limb to keep from putting the full weight on it. Favoring an injured leg… limping… at first this didn’t seem helpful to understand grace. In this picture, the gift is two-fold as relief from the pain is merciful and the opportunity to prevent further injury and restoration to health is gracious. Going back to the image of bending or stooping paints a picture of someone who is injured or hurting… physically, emotionally, spiritually… like he found me!

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. - 1 Peter 4:10

Grace… Regifting it God has given me many gifts, and He keeps giving them. Among them are Love, mercy, and grace. I must use these gifts to help others, but not just because I am supposed to. As His Love overflows my cup, it spills over onto those around me. The same is true with mercy and grace. I am going to be more attentive to the gifts He gives me, recognize each gift rather than looking at a gift basket, and I will thank Him for each of these gifts. Doing this will help me to see others that are hurting or in need as brothers and sisters, rather than deserving or undeserving.

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Daddy God,

Thank You for seeing me through Your mercy and grace. Thank You that I do not only am spared from all that I do deserve, but that You have favored me with so much that I do not deserve. Help me recognize and appreciate each gift you give me and reveal ways that I can use them to serve others for Your glory! 

~selah


This blog was written by Kenn Pritchard. Kenn and his wife, Crystal, are the house parents for Anchor house.

Kenn Pritchard and his wife, Crystal, are the house parents for Anchor house. Kenn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAS), and Licensed Minister. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration in the Department of Addiction and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University.

The Day I Purchased a Porn Shop

It was April 11, 2014 a normal Spring day, just a bit warmer than typical Virginia weather. I walked into my 9-5 with nothing but my “dream” job on my mind. Two years prior I began working stateside with an organization in Uganda called The Zion Project. They were on the front lines empowering and employing women who had escaped the sex trade. At the time I was introduced to their mission, the word sex trafficking did not exist in my vocabulary, and I truly believed that slavery was abolished in 1863. When faced with the reality that slavery was alive and well in the world, my nation, and community - my life radically shifted.

What began as a simple ask, “What can I do here, where I am, with what I have?” quickly escalated into transforming my dining room into a boutique to sell jewelry made in Uganda , to traveling the country to educate myself on sex trafficking, all the way into dreaming about bringing this newfound passion into a full time commitment to impact our community and world.

When faced with the reality that slavery was alive and well in the world, my nation, and community - my life radically shifted. - Sabrina Dorman-Andrew

In 2013 we decided to take a leap of faith and start a nonprofit, New Creation. Our heart was to create space for others to engage with the issue of sex trafficking but we basically had no idea what we were actually doing. Little, little and piece, by piece our vision started coming together. 

Within a year we were partnering with five organizations, all tackling sex trafficking through job creation and human empowerment. We were selling candles made by girls rescued in North Carolina, to aprons stitched in Cambodia, to jewelry handcrafted in India, and coffee harvested in Peru. We traveled to open air markets, schools and churches to start the conversation around trafficking and encourage people to purchase with purpose. 

It became evident that we needed space to grow this mission that had rapidly taken over our home, but we wrestled with the question of where? While in this season of asking, we were in a sermon series regarding the “land that God calls you to,” it wasn’t necessary about physical land of course, however, that was exactly what God was speaking to my heart.

Every Sunday our drive to church took us past a local porn shop that had been in our community for years, prior to closing down due to legal trouble. This candy pink and white eye sore was in utter decay, boarded up, sitting empty. While everyone else was turning their heads as they drove by, I was drawn to it. I got a real clear sense that this - a former porn shop - was my land. Ummmm say what Lord? 

How exactly do you tell your family you feel the Lord has asked you to buy a porn shop? I am fairly certain I blurted it out with some emotional, jumbled speech regarding redemption, God using bad things for good and that building being the perfect space to talk about how porn fuels trafficking. Whatever I said seemed to make sense to them or at least garner their support.

It was April 11, 2014. It was a normal Spring day, just a bit warmer than typical Virginia weather. There on the county courthouse steps, with my pastor by my side, I spoke the final, winning bid for a porn shop at 3051 South Main Street.

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With the help of our community, we redeemed this crumbling mess into the most beautiful place of healing. We have worked within this building now for nearly 3 years - the bottom level is our shoppe filled with products both fair trade and survivor-made, and our offices above.

We spend our days inviting common people, just like you and me, to become a part of the solution to modern day slavery. Today we partner with 35 organizations, fund rescue and restoration around the world and have had thousands of conversations to bring awareness to this issue...far exceeding my wildest dreams.

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People ask how I made this dream a reality. I wish I could write a blog called “3 Easy Steps to…..,” however, what I found  was obedience in the small and large steps and placing my trust firmly in the Lord was what ushered it into being. My encouragement to you would be to ask yourself, “What can I do here, where I am, with what I have?”  We would love to hear about it! 

We took this once pornography shop and transformed it into a market place for fair trade + survivor made items. Each purchase helps see individuals rescued + restored from human trafficking. - Sabrina Dorman-Andrew


Contact Info:

Sabrina Dorman-Andrew Co-Founder + Executive Director New Creation  Sabrina hails from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Her passion for tackling the issue of human trafficking quickly developed after volunteering with The Zion Project, and she made it her mission to learn about this issue on a local and global scale. In 2012, she and her husband, Steven founded New Creation, a non-profit that creatively counteracts sex trafficking with a local heart and global reach. She is a mama of daughters, a drinker of coffee, a teller of truth, and a lover of Jesus.

Sabrina Dorman-Andrew
Co-Founder + Executive Director
New Creation

Sabrina hails from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Her passion for tackling the issue of human trafficking quickly developed after volunteering with The Zion Project, and she made it her mission to learn about this issue on a local and global scale. In 2012, she and her husband, Steven founded New Creation, a non-profit that creatively counteracts sex trafficking with a local heart and global reach. She is a mama of daughters, a drinker of coffee, a teller of truth, and a lover of Jesus.

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Be Smart This Valentine's Day

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This month people everywhere will be purchasing chocolate and lots of it! Statistics indicate 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased during the week of Valentine’s Day. Here at Restore One, we wanted to take the opportunity this month to encourage you to make smart decisions when purchasing your chocolate – and no, we aren’t talking about the calories.

We are shining a spotlight this month on child labor trafficking and the chocolate industry. Research conducted in 2016, published in Fortune Magazine , indicates 2.1 million children in West Africa are working as cocoa farmers where 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from. Children are trafficked into the farms as slaves where they work long hours, are exposed to heavy toxins and never even try a bite of the chocolate that we so happily consume. One boy said he’d been working on a cocoa farm for five years. He was asked what he thought about people enjoying chocolate in other parts of the world. “They are enjoying something that I suffered to make,” the boy answered. “They are eating my flesh.”

The problem of child labor trafficking and the chocolate industry is complex and overwhelming. However, we can do our part to make a difference by purchasing chocolate with fair trade certifications. Click here to view a list of companies selling slave free chocolate.

An additional way you can make a difference this Valentine’s, a little closer to home, is by supporting restoration of brave and strong male survivors.

For every gift made in February, a heart will be posted on the wall at The Anchor House as a visual reminder that people across the country are taking a stand against the exploitation of males.

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Did you know?

All of our programming is provided free of charge. Make a lasting impact today.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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Take Action Today - National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

In 2007, the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In recognition, we have provided a few statistics surrounding the issue and a list of ten ways you can take action.

  • The Global Slavery Index indicates over 40 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking.

  • There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S., however, Polaris (National Human Trafficking Hotline) estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands.

  • In 2017, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child trafficking victims.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 148 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.

  • More than 49,000 cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the past 10 years.

While these numbers remind us of the great need, we stay focused on on life at a time. One victim is one too many.

“I was trafficked in plain sight as I attended school and appeared to have a “normal life.” I would be pulled out of school to be trafficked, and weekends and holidays were a never-ending nightmare when my innocence was sold ten to twelve times a day.” - Jerome Elam, Survivor

We ask you to pray for all of the front line workers advocating on behalf of survivors across the U.S. today. Remember those serving in social work, law enforcement, legal services, restoration, prevention, counseling, outreach and aftercare.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. — Ephesians 6:12
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We can all do something to combat human trafficking. Here's a list of 10 action steps.

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End of year message from President Mike Eggleston

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

 

This may seem like a strange choice of scripture for an end-of-the-year message, but bear with me while I explain.  

I must confess that I didn’t choose this verse; it chose me! It came up in my daily devotional today and it just so happens to be my favorite life verse. For many years, I thought what God wanted from me were only my strengths and accomplishments. You know, the stuff that is fun to talk about and that makes you feel proud. So, for most of my life, I made a point to only present the best side of me; being careful not to hint at my failures, brokenness, or weakness. 

However, I learned that can only take you so far – until eventually, the difficult and messy stuff can no longer be concealed or camouflaged. That’s when I realized how I was always trying to control the uncontrollable and to make everything look perfect.  I had to get close to God, stay dependent upon His leading and trust that He had my best interests at heart. When I realized that God wants ALL of me – the good, the bad and the ugly – I was then able to live more completely and more integrated. He loves me enough to use those parts of me that I’m not proud of, and to redeem my past. After all, He took years of childhood sexual and emotional abuse and lead me to Restore One to become its President!

I had to get close to God, stay dependent upon His leading and trust that He had my best interests at heart. 


 Now how does this relate to Restore One, you may ask?



What applies to the individual also applies to the organization. 

Given all of the accomplishments and achievements during 2018; such as, getting licensed, recruiting wonderful staff, and coming within $10,000 of our annual budget goal (and maybe even meeting it), it would be easy to talk only about the good stuff and take credit, thinking we had done it through our own strength…BUT, this scripture reminds us that we need to stay in close relationship to the one who has made it all possible and recognize that we need Him every day. 

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There are many challenges ahead. We need for trafficked boys’ caregivers to find out about us and refer boys to come live at The Anchor House, we need to continue to recruit and retain the excellent staff we have assembled, and we need to raise at least 50% more in 2019 to maintain the house throughout the year. 

Rather than ignoring these challenges and pretending like everything is all positive, we are reminded to bring it all before the Lord and let Him do what only He can do…and that is provide and make a way. So, as we stand on the brink of closing out 2018 and welcoming 2019, let’s acknowledge all the ways that God has blessed this ministry, as well as those areas where we still need Him to show up and make all things right.  

 

We thank you for being on this journey with us and we look forward to what God has in store for Restore One and for the boys in 2019.

 

In His love,

Mike Eggleston

President, Restore One

mike@restoreonelife.org 

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Welcome to #Jeanuary

Welcome to #Jeanuary

#Jeanuary is an annual fundraiser for Restore One and Anchor House. It is so much more than a fundraiser though! It came from the idea of Dressember and making a commitment to wear dresses and spark conversations about human trafficking. We decided, why allow the momentum to stop once December ends A joke was made on a Dressember post about how, “Now it’s time for Jeanuary!” and our movement was born.

The last four years have shown Rethink Trauma opening the eyes of people to the plight of young men and boys across the globe. Many are not even aware that boys and men can be victims of slavery! From the boys in the fishing villages and rose farms of Africa and India to the boys here in the US fleeing sex and labor trafficking, we want to spark hope and change.

Each day of Jeanuary we offer information about how trafficking affects boys and men. Each day we also evoke a call to respond to this urgent need by supporting the work of Restore One. We believe in the idea of thinking globally and acting locally. Restoration is possible and we believe that everyone who needs it should have access to rehabilitative care. Boys are an underserved group of those who are in desperate need of very real salvation and Anchor House is a beginning and a model of what we hope to be a global movement.

Rethink Trauma hopes that you will answer our call to action and start a conversation, donate, share our message with others, and even participate alongside us this Jeanuary! - @RethinkTrauma 

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Who is Rethink Trauma?

Rethink Trauma is an organization dedicated to fighting stigma surrounding trauma and trauma related disorders. 

Our biggest project is organizing The Teal Pages, and online directory of mental health and rehabilitative resources which includes all of the USA. 

We hope to create an audited index so that people who are seeking help can know they are getting the right information the first time. Whether it is looking for a Trauma-informed support group, doctors or therapists who take their insurance, or faith based programs we want one searchable database where help can be found.

We also plan to develop curriculums to train law enforcement, clergy, teachers, and other groups of professionals how to use the database and intervene in mental heath crisis and connect those suffering to help.


We hope you will take the leap and join us for #Jeanuary

Merry Christmas from Restore One

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Thank you for the impact you have made.

Your financial support has provided a specialized model of care, loving staff/house parents and a home-like environment in which the boys can thrive. This Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We also celebrate a momentous year at Restore One; as we can now provide a place of hope for sexually tracked boys at The Anchor House.

The Anchor House Provides:

A Loving Care Team

In the cottage, a married couple serves as house parents; leading the boys through the example of wisdom, spirituality, and grace. Together, they build positive relationships, serve as role models and teach appropriate social skills. Each day, the boys have other staff working with them as well, e.g; Education Coordinator, Social Worker, Counselor and Residential Care Specialists.

An Education

Providing an excellent education program at The Anchor House is a main priority. Our Education Coordinator oversee our onsite school, Anchor Academy. Students are taught various subjects such as English, Math, Science, History, Language, and Art. By working one on one with each boy, we develop an educational plan to meet their individual goals and learning styles.

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HOPE

Our HOPE model serves as a guide to measure how well our residents progress through our program of care. Each of the four phases has goals, responsibilities, and privileges that residents are to meet before moving to the next phase. Help Overcoming Past Events comprises the four phases of the HOPE model. Our master curriculum serves as our guiding document that determines who we are and how we approach our work with the boys. The Anchor House recognizes the value of providing trauma-informed care to our residents. The HOPE model is managed by a Master’s Level Counselor.


The Anchor House Values

Excellence of Care + Christian Faith + Holistic Approach



A Consistent Schedule

- 6:30am - 7:00am Wake Up, Dress, Make Beds

- 7:00am - 7:30am Breakfast

- 7:30am-8:00am Quiet Time

- 8:00am -12:00pm School

- 12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch

- 1:00pm- 3:00pm School

- 3:00pm-3:20pm Break/Snack Time

- 3:20pm-6:00pm Vocational Development

(Life Skills/Counseling/Recreation/Hobbies/Mentorship)

- 6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner & Clean-up

- 7:00pm-9:30pm Free time

(Mentoring/Reading/Studying/Laundry/Showers/

Phone/Bible Study)

- 9:30pm-10:00pm House Meeting

- 10:00pm-10:30pm Quiet Time in Room

- 10:30pm Bedtime-Lights Out.



Did you know?

All of our programming is provided free of charge. Our fundraising goal for 2018 was $430,000. We need you to help us finish the year strong.

We are SO close to meeting our 2018 goal of $430,000 (currently at $408,634). Every dollar matters and makes a difference.

3 Ways To Give Hope In The Month Of December

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Hello Friends,

The Christmas Season provides a reminder of God’s faithful promise summarized in Luke 2:10-11…

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

His promises give us hope.

Biblical hope is not just a desire for something good in the future, but rather, biblical hope is a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future.

At Restore One, we have the opportunity to represent His promises and hope in a tangible way as we help exploited boys heal from previous abuse and receive new hope for their future.

During the month of December, we are inviting you to give hope in a tangible way. Below, we have provided 3 ways you can partner with Restore One this month to make a significant impact.

We thank you in advance for considering a special gift this month.

Together, we are giving hope!

Because Every Life Matters,

Chris Smith

Co-Founder & Director of Engagement


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Provide a fun outing.

Provide a fun outing with a gift of $10 or more for movies, bowling, skating, restaurants, etc.

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Provide educational program support.

Provide educational program support at our on-site school with a gift of $25 or more.

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Provide Operational Support.

Provide operational funds for The Anchor House with a special end of year gift in any amount. We still need $58,000 to meet our 2018 fundraising goal of $430,000. The Anchor House is offered free of charge because of people like you!

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As we approach the end of 2018

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Did you know?

Various studies indicate that boys account for a third or more of the children exploited in the US. 

Data and statistics prove the reality. For us, though, the exact number of boys being exploited is irrelevant. One boy is enough for our hearts to be moved with sorrow and to be moved to action.  

We at Restore One are convinced that restorative care for boys is more than a nice idea; it is a long­ overdue necessity.

Thankfully, with your prayers and support, The Anchor House at Restore One is fully operational and stands ready to provide a living home for boys who have been trafficked.  

 The Anchor House is committed to providing residential care that is trauma sensitive, holistic and Christ-centered - specifically for exploited minor boys to help them overcome difficulties and live free, fruitful and fulfilled lives.

As we approach the close of 2018, would you consider a special year-end gift to Restore One?  

Our goal is to raise $100,000 before December 31st to provide residential care, therapy, education and a loving staff with house parents for boys suffering from this atrocity. The Anchor House provides long term, individualized care  - free of charge.

To make this necessity a reality, we need your continued support.

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Save the date…

#Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, takes place November 27th.  We know there are many needs and wonderful causes to consider. We’d be honored to be a recipient of your giving on #Giving Tuesday (or on any day of the year)

You are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for being part of the Restore One family!

Mike Eggleston

President

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Fall Newsletter - 2018

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A Word from our President, Mike Eggleston

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”

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This scripture encapsulates the spirit of the anti-human trafficking movement and of our pioneers, Chris and Anna Smith, Co-Founders of Restore One, and Linda Royster, our Executive Director. When they began this journey over six years ago, there was no template of how to build a home for boys who had been sexually exploited; for no one else was doing it and some denied boys were being victimized in this manner, at all. They were certain of what no one else saw, and sure what God had placed on their hearts to do. And so, they went on, in faith, that God would lead them at each step and help them overcome each obstacle…and He did! Today we stand at the beginning of The Anchor House as a reality – a place where boys who have been sexually trafficked can come to live in love, healing and restoration. I am so honored to work alongside Linda, Chris and Anna, and so thankful that they had the vision to do what no one else was doing. Please read their stories below, and continue to support us with your prayers, your service and your donations. We can’t do this without your financial support, since the boys pay nothing to come and live with us.

FAITH OPENS DOORS

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Bright eyed and full of youthful zest, Chris and I wholeheartedly believed in God’s ability to forge The Anchor House into existence. Although we cast a beautiful dream, the calling to build this home was not without heartache and toil. Our team faced unimaginable spiritual warfare, flooding, and controversy as we sought to follow God’s heart to restore boys from a life of horror and sexual violence. In these moments of hardship, we are so grateful we did not lose sight of the dream to one day get the doors of The Anchor House open.

Now, nearly six and half years after the initial vision, Restore One is opening the doors of The Anchor House to receive boys, Hallelujah! Through God's faithfulness and your support, the impossibility of this ministry has been made possible. Our hearts bear enormous gratitude as we share and celebrate this new season. God's devotion to see boys restored out of sex trafficking is evident, and in the process, He has been loyal to fulfill a youthful dream into a substantial life-changing ministry.

Now in the coming months, we will see the fruit of our corporate faith come to life as the staff at The Anchor House begin the journey of healing with four extraordinary boys. Our request for you is that you continue the chain of belief; for our work of restoration has only started. By faith, our task is now to believe in the hope of recovery to rise within The Anchor House residents, who likely are just praying to live through the night. It's daring and stunning to join you in seeing four remarkable boys receive a chance at getting their life back. This, our dear friends, is the work of the Kingdom! May our faith continue to rise!

- Chris & Anna Smith, Co-founders

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YOU HAVE NOT PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE

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Finally, The Anchor House has received its license to operate as a residential child care facility in NC! It has come not a moment too soon, although we preferred to have opened in the Fall of 2016 when construction was completed. In both public and private spaces, we have experienced setbacks, roadblocks, opposition and God’s undeniable favor. We have come close to opening in prior seasons, but never crossed the finish line of this phase until now.

At The Anchor House, one season has ended and another is beginning. As the realization grew that we would become a licensed facility, one unrelenting phrase came to mind, “for you have not passed this way before” Joshua 3:4. In part, I know why this passage of Scripture would not leave me. As Executive Director, I and my team, need to know that God has gone before us, cleared the pathway, and held back the waters for us to pass into this new season. As long as we focus on following God’s lead, we will know how to adjust our program of care to meet the unique needs of our residents and staff. Secondly, God is in our midst- bringing us safety, protection, peace, wisdom, and joy. We are called to participate in the restoration of those who have experienced unthinkable darkness. We need to know that in addition to our skill, training, and compassion that it is God’s presence that will make healing and transformation possible. Lastly, not only does God go before us, but also follows after us, ensuring our safe passage into the space we are meant to occupy. We recognize that the work we are called to is holy and the outcome is extravagant, it is more than what we have ever seen.

I am both excited and sobered by the privilege of developing a program of care for boys 12-18 years old who have been sex trafficked or sexually exploited. I could not be more proud of my staff, a team of men and women who have signed up to run toward the wounded. May they be blessed forever. To our beloved boys, we worship God because of who you are and who you will become. Thank you for choosing to trust us!

To those of you who support us financially and/or by prayer, thank you! You are as much on the frontline as any of us. Your generosity and sacrifice are overwhelming. You are changing the course of history with each fervent and effectual prayer, with each financial gift, and with each need you meet. Who, but God, knows how the impact of your partnership will change our residents and ripple throughout the world?

As a team, we have worked hard to get to this point, but we “have not passed this way before”. To that, my heart responds, Immanuel! Immanuel!

- Linda Royster, Executive Director


To view the admission process for The Anchor House, click the button below.


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The Anchor House is Officially Open

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A Word from our President, Mike Eggleston

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. 

This scripture encapsulates the spirit of the anti-human trafficking movement and of our pioneers, Chris and Anna Smith, Co-Founders of Restore One, and Linda Royster, our Executive Director.  When they began this journey over six years ago, there was no template of how to build a home for boys who had been sexually exploited; for no one else was doing it and some denied boys were being victimized in this manner, at all.  They were certain of what no one else saw, and sure what God had placed on their hearts to do.  And so, they went on, in faith, that God would lead them at each step and help them overcome each obstacle…and He did!  Today we stand at the beginning of The Anchor House as a reality – a place where boys who have been sexually trafficked can come to live in love, healing and restoration.  I am so honored to work alongside Linda, Chris and Anna, and so thankful that they had the vision to do what no one else was doing.  Please read their stories below, and continue to support us with your prayers, your service and your donations. 



“Faith Opens Doors” – Chris and Anna Smith, Co-Founders

Bright eyed and full of youthful zest, Chris and I wholeheartedly believed in God’s ability to forge The Anchor House into existence. Although we cast a beautiful dream, the calling to build this home was not without heartache and toil. Our team faced unimaginable spiritual warfare, flooding, and controversy as we sought to follow God’s heart to restore boys from a life of horror and sexual violence. In these moments of hardship, we are so grateful we did not lose sight of the dream to one day get the doors of The Anchor House open.

Now, nearly six and half years after the initial vision, Restore One is opening the doors of The Anchor House to receive boys, Hallelujah!  Through God's faithfulness and your support, the impossibility of this ministry has been made possible. Our hearts bear enormous gratitude as we share and celebrate this new season.  God's devotion to see boys restored out of sex trafficking is evident, and in the process, He has been loyal to fulfill a youthful dream into a substantial life-changing ministry.

 Now in the coming months, we will see the fruit of our corporate faith come to life as the staff at The Anchor House begin the journey of healing with four extraordinary boys. Our request for you is that you continue the chain of belief; for our work of restoration has only started. By faith, our task is now to believe in the hope of recovery to rise within The Anchor House residents, who likely are just praying to live through the night. It's daring and stunning to join you in seeing four remarkable boys receive a chance at getting their life back. This, our dear friends, is the work of the Kingdom! May our faith continue to rise! 


“You have not passed this way before” – Linda Royster, Executive Director

Finally, The Anchor House has received its license to operate as a residential child care facility in NC! It has come not a moment too soon, although we preferred to have opened in the Fall of 2016 when construction was completed.  In both public and private spaces, we have experienced setbacks, roadblocks, opposition and God’s undeniable favor. We have come close to opening in prior seasons, but never crossed the finish line of this phase until now.

At The Anchor House, one season has ended and another is beginning. As the realization grew that we would become a licensed facility, one unrelenting phrase came to mind, “for you have not passed this way before” Joshua 3:4. In part, I know why this passage of Scripture would not leave me. As Executive Director, I and my team, need to know that God has gone before us, cleared the pathway, and held back the waters for us to pass into this new season.  As long as we focus on following God’s lead, we will know how to adjust our program of care to meet the unique needs of our residents and staff. Secondly, God is in our midst- bringing us safety, protection, peace, wisdom, and joy. We are called to participate in the restoration of those who have experienced unthinkable darkness. We need to know that in addition to our skill, training, and compassion that it is God’s presence that will make healing and transformation possible. Lastly, not only does God go before us, but also follows after us, ensuring our safe passage into the space we are meant to occupy. We recognize that the work we are called to is holy and the outcome is extravagant, it is more than what we have ever seen.

I am both excited and sobered by the privilege of developing a program of care for boys 12-18 years old who have been sex trafficked or sexually exploited. I could not be more proud of my staff, a team of men and women who have signed up to run toward the wounded. May they be blessed forever. To our beloved boys, we worship God because of who you are and who you will become. Thank you for choosing to trust us!

To those of you who support us financially and/or by prayer, thank you! You are as much on the frontline as any of us. Your generosity and sacrifice are overwhelming. You are changing the course of history with each fervent and effectual prayer, with each financial gift, and with each need you meet. Who, but God, knows how the impact of your partnership will change our residents and ripple throughout the world?

As a team, we have worked hard to get to this point, but we “have not passed this way before”. To that, my heart responds, Immanuel! Immanuel!

Thank You & God Bless,

Restore One Team



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AN ISLE OF HOPE!

In the midst of so much devastation and destruction from Hurricane Florence, I want to tell you about a story of hope.

This picture was taken by Cayden Grant, age 13, with the use of a drone

This picture was taken by Cayden Grant, age 13, with the use of a drone

It was only about two years ago that another storm, Hurricane Matthew, rolled into the Carolinas and severely flooded The Anchor House which currently comprises our Community Building and Cottage #1 – both structures had about three feet of water in them. Restoration required new flooring, drywall, insulation, and paint…all for a home that had never been occupied. So, for the past year, a dedicated band of volunteers, led by our Co-Founders Chris and Anna Smith, restored the Restore One home. Linda Royster, our Executive Director, hired the staff, acquired the furniture, oversaw putting in place of all the details to make this a home, a school, a place of refuge, and a licensed Residential Child Care facility. Just last month, the house-parents moved in, all the new furniture had been purchased and assembled, the four boys’ beds were made, food was on the pantry shelves, and the place had been cleaned from top to bottom. The Anchor House now looked, and felt, like a home.

In preparation for the impact of Hurricane Florence last Wednesday, 9/12/18, I, Linda, anticipated the arrival of a team of folks to help us swiftly move furniture to the attic and second floor. Meanwhile, our long-awaited license from NC DHHS arrived in the mail. The immediacy of preparing The Anchor House did not allow for much celebration, although we were jubilant and mildly celebratory. A hurricane and a potential flood were threatening to do great harm to our home again- a home built for boys who have suffered so much already.

We took action immediately – all furniture moved, the van was moved to higher ground, and prayers were offered up. My specific prayer last week during our prayer session was that God would put a “hedge of protection” around these structures. Then on Friday, 9/14/18, the storm hit land and it started to rain, and rain, and rain.

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This picture above was taken on Sunday morning, 9/16/18, at about 9 a.m., from the main road – you can see the rooftops of our buildings in the background, but you can’t see the drive under the several feet of water in the foreground. It didn’t look promising, and yet, we had to hope. We felt certain that God is as excited for us to open the house as we are – that He wants the boys, whom he already knows by name, to be welcomed into this environment of love, healing, and restoration. Sunday was a long day and I won’t lie – I was a little angry and resentful thinking about the work of rebuilding and the delay this would mean in opening.

A boat excursion by two of our Board members soon confirmed that the water was about 3 inches from the back door, and no flooding had occurred! A hedge is a hedge even if it’s only 3“ wide. But, not wanting to get our hopes up, we still had a lot of water around us and the chance of the creek rising even more over the next couple of days…so, we waited and prayed. Then, the unexpected happened. On Sunday at about 5 p.m., I received the photo at the top of this blog, taken by the 13-year-old son of our Board Chair, Steven Grant, with the assistance of a drone. And it showed that there was maybe a ribbon of grass surrounding the main house where the living room, kitchen, counseling room, and school are located, and a similar small green strip surrounding the cottage that will house the four boys and house-parents. Could it be my requested “hedge of protection”?

Executive Director: Linda Royster:

“Like Mike, many of us from around the country were praying for God’s protection. As I stood alone in the living room of our Community Building a day before our storm preparations began, with the memory of having been recently flooded, my heart began to break with the possibility of what might happen. Then, with the authority Jesus has given to every believer, I prayed and asked the hosts of heaven to guard The Anchor House and our neighbors. The Almighty answered our prayers and gave us an “Isle of Hope”; a miraculous circle/hedge around us. Psalm 91 became a lived experience for us, again.”

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Well, as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, I am very pleased to tell you we have received confirmation from Steven that there is no evidence of water in either building. All I can say, with tears of joy, is “Praise God”. We are ready to move forward. The picture below was taken at about 5 p.m. on 9/18/18 – it’s the same drive that was covered in water in the picture above.

So, in the days and weeks ahead, we will be moving the furniture, accessories and food back into place, cleaning everything yet again, and preparing for the opening. Stay tuned to the website for more information about the next steps and our search for the boys who will come live in The Anchor House. How ironic that the name of the place is nautical. Maybe we should have called it “The Oasis”!

Thank you for all the love and support we have received to get us this far, and please continue to pray for us as we prepare to start receiving boys.

With Gratitude,

Mike Eggleston, President

Linda Royster, Executive Director


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STRENGTH TO SOAR

Over the last few months, Restore One has been running the “Summer of Strength” campaign, focusing on the strength of boys emerging from sexual abuse and exploitation. We have looked at the themes, “Strength to Name” and “Strength to Heal”. As we wrap up the summer, we turn to the topic, “Strength to Soar”. In the context of healing from sexual abuse and exploitation, what does it mean to “soar”?

I went to the dictionary and found several definitions:
 To fly aloft or about; to sail or hover in the air often at a great height – “to glide”
 To rise or increase dramatically (as in position, value or price) – as in, “stocks soared”
 To ascend to a higher or more exalted level – “makes my spirits soar”


As I think about my own healing journey over the last 15 years, I can apply all of these definitions to boys recovering from sexual abuse and exploitation. As a result of the restoration and healing in my life, there have been times when I soar or glide effortlessly in situations which used to make me uncomfortable or scared; times when I have been able to see and appreciate my dramatically increasing sense of self-worth, and not all of my faults and failures – to see my personal stock soar; and yes, at times, I’ve even experienced climbing a spiritual mountain, after intense prayer, realizing that God was with me each and every time I was abused – not causing it to happen but letting me know that He was with me through the ordeal and assuring me that I didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t deserve it, and He loves me ferociously. This healing has certainly enabled me to reach a higher or more exalted level – to literally allow my spirits to soar. My Presidency of this incredible organization has provided me with numerous examples of God’s transformative and healing powers, and has allowed me to soar in ways I never imagined.


But here’s the tricky thing about soaring on the healing journey: it’s not an always and ever-increasing straight-line trajectory. There are times, still, when I need to furiously flap my wings in a headwind, to keep from losing altitude…or to dig my hands and feet into the smallest cracks available to keep from sliding down the side of the mountain…or to pray against doubting God’s promises previously heard and believed. And yet, droop, slide, doubt or fall, I do! But by applying the practices learned, I attempt to soar again, and often do. One of my favorite books on the lifetime effects of childhood sexual abuse on boys, “Not Quite Healed” by Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe, drives home the point that it can take a long, long time for a man to come to terms with childhood sexual abuse and to learn different responses to life’s situations that often baffle him. In their book they explore such topics as, “Why was I victimized?”; “It’s safer to live behind my mask”; “Why do I have to talk about it?”; “I don’t feel like a real man”; “I’m wounded body and soul”; and “When I’m healed, who will I be?” They bolster this truth I have experienced in my own life: through naming what happened to me by talking to others about it, by seeking professional guidance and therapy to achieve healing, and with a lot of love and grace from family, friends and God, it is possible to soar…

And getting boys to soar is what Restore One is all about. Through the Model of Hope developed by our own staff, we will engage the boy who has been sexually exploited. The Model is designed to meet the psychological, physical and sociological needs of sex trafficked and sexually exploited boys. At the Anchor House, every boy is treated as a unique individual by using holistic approaches and proven clinical methods that nurture healing and restoration. We provide education and offer opportunities for the boys to develop spiritually. All done in an effort to teach the boys how to soar!

Please see the graphic below for more information on the Restore One Model of Hope.


In God’s love and grace, I am,
Mike Eggleston
President

Learn more about President Mike Eggleston  HERE .

Learn more about President Mike Eggleston HERE.

 

 

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Summer Match Update & Ground Breaking Work!

Summer of Strength, our campaign to raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of males and funds for The Anchor House is wrapping up. Next week, we will post the final blog in our 3-part series "Strength To Soar". As you know, the staff at The Anchor House have been busy preparing for our final inspection from the State of NC this month. Opening the doors of The Anchor House has been our top priority. Thanks to you, we have made progress with the funds needed to become fully staffed per state requirements. We have secured the cream of the crop to care for the boys. 

We received a call this week from a nonprofit in Georgia who was thrilled to learn about our organization. They conduct street outreach and said they have such a hard time finding services for the boys they encounter who have been sexually trafficked. We hear this all the time. Services for boys are extremely limited across the entire country. This is why your prayers and support matter so much! We are doing ground breaking work. Opening a program of this nature and level of care is expensive and challenging, however, God has been so faithful. Thank you for saying YES to doing what you can to ensure boys receive the care they deserve. 

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Reminder...all gifts are being doubled up to $50,000 by two foundations until August 15th. So far, we have raised $24,228 towards this match. Please keep supporting as you are able, invite your friends to support and PRAY! This is a wonderful opportunity for The Anchor House operations (counseling, staff support, groceries, utilities and education).

 

 

Thank you so much for being part of the Restore One family!

We are praying for you. 

Emily Fitchpatrick