ELIJAH RISING

HOUSTON, TX   |  elijahrising.org

Mission

Elijah Rising is ending sex trafficking through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mrs. Micah Gamboa

Main address

402 Teetshorn

HOUSTON, TX 77009 USA

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EIN

46-1885871

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Department of Homeland Security, sex trafficking occurs when force, fraud, or coercion is used to perpetrate a commercial sex act with an adult or when a commercial sex act is performed with a minor. This includes prostitution, pornography, and sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value, such as money, drugs, shelter, food, or clothes. The sex trafficking industry thrives because there is ever-increasing demand for illicit sex, and simple economic principles would hold that where there is demand, supply grows to meet it. The consumer in the triadic relationship between the buyer, seller, and supply fuels the market with financial resources. Anywhere there are large pools of money available to be spent, trafficking is sure to follow. This fact, combined with Houston’s proximity to the port and border, as well as the multiple interstate systems running through the city result in Houston’s unfortunate status as a significant hub for sex trafficking.

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?

Awareness Van Tours

Designed to be training on wheels, we tour different areas of Houston to bring awareness to the prevalence of human trafficking.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We train, equip, and empower volunteers to reach out to the individuals trapped in the sex industry with opportunities for hope. Equipped with a local hotline number, volunteers, along with trained team leaders, go into Asian massage parlors, Latin American cantinas, strip clubs, street tracks, and online websites to meet survivors in their place of need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Founded in 2015, the Elijah Rising Restorative Care Program was created to meet the needs of survivors who exit the sex industry. It is a program with a holistic approach to bring healing to adult female survivors and restore the lives that were stolen from them.

Population(s) Served

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 Facebook followers

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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Related Program

Intervention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our ability to engage with our demographic was severely limited in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have since rebounded and developed safe opportunities to engage with our target demographic.

Number of public events held to further mission

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our public events dramatically shifted due to the Covid-19 pandemic but many began to return in 2021.

Number of people trained

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Related Program

Intervention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of guided tours given

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Awareness Van Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We suspended our van tours for part of 2021 and have completely revamped it with a digital component.

Number of free participants of guided tours

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Related Program

Awareness Van Tours

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we paused our Van Tours starting at the beginning of March 2020. We are excited to announce that our van tours will be relaunching in 2022 with a new digital component.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We removed all inactive email addresses.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Intervention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total Nights of Restorative Care Safe Housing

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Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

Restorative Care Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Goal 1: Elijah Rising will maintain and enhance our program by serving an increased number of women per year with a research based, trauma informed approach and a robust quality of care.

Goal 2: In addition to directly caring for survivors, Elijah Rising will increasingly raise awareness and mobilize the public on behalf of survivors. As a result of these efforts, we will be recognized as the foremost local authority on addressing sex trafficking and employing methodologies that result in successful impacts on reduction and elimination.

Goal 3: By 2025, we will have a seamless, multi-disciplinary continuum of care for the adult survivor of sex trafficking in Houston. Elijah Rising serves as a steward and conduit of our accumulated knowledge, not only for ourselves but for the anti-trafficking community at large. We will continue to work collaboratively with other organizations to make a "pipe-line of care" a reality for survivors.

Goal 4: By 2030, we will see the Elijah Rising approach of Prayer, Awareness, Intervention, and Restoration to end sex-trafficking duplicated in another city. Our goal is to make the Elijah Rising program replicable.

Strategy 1: Through intensive study of the literature and best practices and with the help of our on-staff, clinical psychologist, we have created new modalities and systems that will serve to improve the delivery process of our program. Accordingly, we will be better equipped to track the overall success of our program and ensure the community that we aim to serve is receiving the best care possible.

Strategy 2: To increasingly raise awareness, we will employ tried and true methods, as well as new initiatives.
The longest running program in our repertoire is our Awareness Van Tour program, which is essentially Human Trafficking 101 on wheels. We not only educate the public about the dangers of sex trafficking, but we also show participants exactly where cases of trafficking have either been documented or where a high probability of cases may occur. We have re-vamped our van tours with a digital component to increase credibility, which is slated to be launched in 2022. New awareness initiatives will include a digital museum of Modern Day Slavery, which is also set to be launched in 2022.

Strategy 3: We partner with several other NGOs who can cover the broad spectrum of services necessary for someone to effectively exit the sex trafficking industry. Our city now has a local hotline number, an emergency assessment program, multiple restorative care programs, a drop-in center, and a number of resources ranging from medical, dental, housing, childcare, and more, all oriented to the needs of survivors. Elijah Rising will also continue to assist another NGO in securing the funding to staff an emergency shelter, which will be housed in Elijah Rising's facilities.

Strategy 4: Replicating Elijah Rising's mission in another city is no small task, but part of making it a reality will include the successful transfer of information. A major part of our strategic plan for 2022 is to shift our organization from people-dependent to process-dependent so that information is not lost from one staff-member to another and from one season to another. To ensure the completion of this shift, Elijah Rising is capturing and composing an organization-wide digital and print repository of processes and procedures.



As one of Houston’s oldest anti-trafficking organizations, our good reputation amongst our peers and in the nationwide abolitionist movement has grown so that even visitors from out of state seek us out to experience the work that we are doing. Our staff is composed of highly educated, talented and well-versed individuals who are engaged in continual learning, which includes being mentored by experts in the field.

We employ targeted volunteer tactics to accomplish our mission of ending sex trafficking. This allows us to curb large financial expenditures. We also conduct all fundraising in house so that our resources can go towards the mission.

Elijah Rising relies on private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. This allows for maximum flexibility within our organization. If we need to shift gears at a moment’s notice, utilizing our financial resources will not be hindered by government regulations.

We have been able to accomplish incredible things in the past 10 years. Blessings and testimonies abound. We have established a successful awareness program that has accounted for thousands of individuals being educated about the realities of sex trafficking.

Our effective outreach methods have enabled us to make contact with more than 1,200 sex trafficking survivors annually. Because of our successes, we have trained other nonprofits in how to reach women trapped in the industry. We even hosted an outreach conference during Super Bowl 2016 as it was held in Houston. To our knowledge, it was a one-of-a-kind event that has since spurred on other cities to do the same.

Another major accomplishment is the purchase of our 84-acre campus and rehabilitation of several buildings on the property, making it a serene, therapeutic environment for survivors, partner agencies, and other ministries to use.
Perhaps the greatest measure of our progress is in the lives that have been saved. One such life is a survivor named *Lucy who completed our Restoration Program in 24 months. Our Program has provided, at no cost to the victim, around-the-clock housing and care for Lucy and other women who have survived sex trafficking. They receive counseling from our trauma-informed, licensed clinical therapist as well as medical care, mentorship, education, and job training from program staff and volunteers.

Because of our Restorative Program and safe home environment, Lucy is experiencing victory in so many areas of her life. She has been running, with very little oversight from Elijah Rising Program Staff, our Social Enterprise candle-making operation. Additionally, Lucy has just been hired by a partner ministry who will assume the operation of our social enterprise. She will continue making candles for them. Finally, and best of all, Lucy will be moving into her own home with space enough to allow for reunification with her children and grandchildren!
*name changed to protect her identity

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve women who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ELIJAH RISING

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jennifer Hohman

CIO & VP, Seadrill

Term: 2021 - 2023

Audrey Manito

Michael P. Fleming & Associates

Aaron Pichon

The Kingsland Group

Kerry Stovall

Entrepreneur

Tami Preece

Blazek & Vetterling

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/3/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.