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Alive at Last

where true freedom begins

Newark, TX   |  www.aliveatlast.org

Mission

Alive at Last mobilizes communities to encourage and equip survivors of sexual exploitation to build new lives.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you so much for learning about Alive at Last. We are committed to delivering high-quality programs to ensure survivors are truly experiencing personal transformation. If you have any questions or would like additional information about how and why we make decisions, please reach out to Alisa Evans at [email protected] or 469-319-0922. May God richly bless you as you steward His abundance!

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Gwen Miller

Co Principal Officer

Judy Caracheo

Main address

PO Box 1031

Newark, TX 76071 USA

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Formerly known as

dfw Hope Springs

EIN

45-2613422

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world. Internationally, the buying and selling of human lives is a $32 billion dollar industry. There are more people in slavery today than at any point in history. Sex trafficking is estimated to be a $99 million industry in the DFW Metroplex. Working in the sex industry is not a healthy choice. Most of the women have been “groomed” for the work after being violated as children; some estimate 90% suffered child abuse. The average age that girls are trafficked is 13. Many of the victims develop unhealthy coping mechanisms that allow them to survive. Too often, they resort to self-harm or self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. 95% of these victims want to escape, but feel they have no other options for survival. Survivors need emotional, social and spiritual health to move forward in life. Without healing, survivors will remain vulnerable, unable to thrive and trapped in a cycle of poverty and exploitation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mentoring the Sexually Exploited

We train and support​ local volunteers to empower women who have experienced significant trauma. Abuse happens in relationships, and we believe healing must happen in relationships. In safe supportive relationships, survivors learn about their true identity and value as they create their own path to fulfill their God-given purpose.

Population(s) Served
Sex workers
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteers lead small groups that provide emotional and spiritual healing for survivors who desperately desire restoration. These small groups form a safe trusting community for survivors to open up, process their abuse and find hope for the future.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mentors make the difference by forming safe supportive relationships with survivors who are often learning how to trust. Growing the number of mentors directly increases our impact with survivors.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Alive at Last want to see all survivors empowered to live out their God-given purpose. Our aim is to continually grow the number we serve so that more survivors experience transformation.

Percentage of survivors who note an improvement in emotional, relational and spiritual well being.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Survivors self assess their growth after the completion of our program. Our tool quantifies the effectiveness of our intervention. Our goal is that 90% of our participants would note improvement.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Alive at Last is mobilizing an army of Christians to empower thousands of survivors of sexual exploitation over the next 5 years. We have witnessed that one relationship changes everything. Christians can successfully mentor the exploited in their city to foster healing and help them discover their life purpose. Survivors typically have low self-esteem and struggle with deep unmet needs and insecurities.

Counseling and case management won't heal these wounds alone. They must be healed in community with loving friends they can trust.

By seeking to help survivors emotionally, socially and spiritually, our volunteers address their deepest need for belonging and acceptance. Volunteers can uniquely fill this gap in services by building authentic relationships of trust.

In 2019, we aim to empower more than 100 survivors in the DFW Metroplex to find true freedom and wholeness.

Since our inception, volunteers have been an integral part of the organization. We raise up, train and support volunteers to mentor survivors who desire a change. Through the mentoring relationship, survivors experience the love of God and learn how to sustain healthy relationships, heal wounds, and appreciate their own self-worth.

Volunteers also lead small groups where they help survivors heal through the Mending the Soul curriculum. We offer this three-month support group for survivors residing with our strategic partners like The Salvation Army or Union Gospel Mission. Specifically designed for abused and traumatized adults and teens, the curriculum is a faith-based curriculum which allows the small group to support one another on their healing journeys and ultimately leads them to forgiveness.

Our volunteers are integral to the delivery of our programs. We have a 6 month life purpose curriculum online so that volunteers can access the resources at any time. They carefully guide the survivors through a number of assessments and conversations that allow the survivor to chart her own course forward. The mentor and mentee meet every other week in person and every week by phone.

Volunteers are supported by Alive at Last staff as well as Leader Volunteers. This support is crucial so they can help their mentee create positive change in their lives.

Both Alisa Evans (ED) and Gwen Miller (Director of Community Engagement) have a deep spiritual belief that all people were created in God's image to do good works. Mentors can be used by God in significant ways in the life of a survivor. Survivors can heal and impact their world for good as well. Yesterday's mentee is tomorrow's mentor.

In 2018, Alive at Last volunteers reached more than 70 survivors. We are on track to empower more than 100 survivors in 2019 with our highly relational model of engagement.

Our relational solution addresses the scope of the exploitation problem, and our unique model of ministry was built to scale. Alive at Last is poised to be the premier equipping ministry for Christians with a heart to reach the exploited and see them find true freedom. Currently, Alive at Last is serving the DFW metroplex. With a minimal investment, our reach could extend nationally and internationally.

In the next five years, we are planning to empower over 1000 survivors by equipping volunteers with additional online video-based training and certification.

Financials

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Alive at Last

Board of directors
as of 04/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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