PIONEERING A VISION
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.