Hope Against Trafficking

Love Transforms

Pontiac, MI   |  www.hopeagainsttrafficking.org

Mission

We believe that Love Transforms. Our mission is to create a safe place with restorative programming for survivors of human trafficking and rewrite the stores of their lives while also providing community education and awareness.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Mrs Lexie Schwarze

Main address

Po Box 431413

Pontiac, MI 48343 USA

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EIN

46-2932988

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It has been documented that there are over 1200 women trapped in human trafficking within a three-square mile radius in Detroit. This is one of the highest statistics in the US. These women lack hope to escape as they have no safe haven, no financial stability, and they fear for their lives. Most victims become victims between the ages of 12-14, with many suffering from some form of child abuse, heightening their vulnerability to traffickers. Their trajectory is often met with developing an addiction to drugs and alcohol, which often serves to numb their pain or to reinforce the trafficker’s control over them. Through dedicated research and analysis, Hope Against Trafficking discovered there is an absence of a comprehensive and specific program for adult female survivors of human trafficking in Southeast Michigan. Without this type of program, 90% of those women who try to get out, either return to the street through force or survival, or are killed.

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?

Hope Against Trafficking

Hope Against Trafficking is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization working to answer the call for safe housing and restorative support for adult female survivors of sex and labor trafficking in Southeast Michigan.

The mission and vision of Hope Against Trafficking is based on the premise that LOVE transforms. Our mission centers on two distinct initiatives: 1) Community Education and 2) Restorative Residential Healing.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The mission and vision of Hope Against Trafficking is based on the premise that LOVE transforms. Our mission centers on two distinct initiatives: 1) Community Education and 2) Restorative Residential Healing
The community education arm of our mission focuses on educating the community on the issue of human trafficking. This includes the vulnerabilities, signs of manipulation, lures, and ways to identify possible victims. It is our obligation as an organization to bring HOPE against trafficking by educating and bringing awareness which will, in turn, shed light into the darkness to empower our communities to stand up, turn on the lights, see the truth and do something about it!
Through transformative love, our restorative residential healing offers a loving community to help female survivors of human trafficking rebuild, restore and transform their lives. Our 2-year residential holistic program provides rent-free housing and comprehensive services focused on the physical, mental and economic transformational needs of female survivors of trafficking, giving them hope for their future and empowering them to thrive once again. This program is based on the success of our sister program, Magdalene/Thistle Farms Nashville, which has existed for over 20 years and achieves a remarkable 84% success rate in transforming the lives of survivors into self-sufficient individuals with hope for their future, as well as establishing successful social enterprises that have empowered/equipped women with key skills.
Program Objectives:
• 24-month, rent-free, home environment based on a community-living model
• Support to residents to live honest, positive, and self-sufficient lives
• A supportive environment without their dependence on drugs and alcohol
• Education on needed support services as well as paid vocational opportunities
• An atmosphere that fosters self-understanding through personal and spiritual growth
• Time and support needed to recover from past abuse and to fully understand the role it plays in trafficking, prostitution and addiction
• Budgeting and savings education for income and asset development
• Opportunities to work toward economic self-sufficiency at a social enterprise to be established by Hope Against Trafficking.

Hope Against Trafficking currently owns three homes. Our first home, a single-family dwelling, opened its doors in August 2018 and began welcoming women to live in loving community. This home has the capacity to house five women and currently has 4 residents.
Our second home, a four-unit apartment building, was acquired in May 2017. Originally tagged by the city for demolition, we were given the house for $30 with a promise to restore and inhabit it. We, along with 600 volunteers and many business partnerships in the community, pulled together and renovated it into a beautiful home. After almost two years of a true labor of love, the renovations are complete and ready to welcome women home. This home will house four women per apartment with a total capacity of 16.

Our third home was recently acquired and is in the process of renovation by the loving hands and feet of our volunteer community. We have built relationships with local organizations like Salvation Army, Common Ground and Grace Centers of Hope who have identified the need for transitional low-income housing for those who are rebuilding their lives and are able to rent but may still need minor support and a safe place to begin their journey into independent living. This home will answer the need in the community while providing a small source of funding to Hope Against Trafficking.

We also acquired additional pieces of land right around our homes and converted them into beautiful community gardens and vegetable gardens, with a chicken coop to be a blessing to the community that we are in. The neighbors have come alongside us by helping us manage and maintain the gardens by watering and weeding them in exchange for having a place to go that is beautiful and brings community together as well as free access to healthy, organic vegetables. Our goal is to impact lives by bringing HOPE against trafficking, HOPE for restoration and HOPE for stronger communities.

We recently acquired a 4th building that needs to lovingly transformed in our offices, counseling center and art studio. At the same time we are renovating this, we are working to raise the funds to open our 2nd home to 16 more survivors of trafficking.

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 adult female survivors of human trafficking. Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In some cases, traffickers' trick, defraud or physically force victims into selling sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world.

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

    Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Hope Against Trafficking

Board of directors
as of 05/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mss. Michele Isbister

Hope Against Trafficking

Term: 2021 - 2022

Michele Isbister

Lee Construction

John Cummings

ASAP Express and Logistics

Shaunda Snell

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 5/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/18/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.