As she grabbed my hand, she turned away from the crowd, and with tears said, “I’m done with this life, I want off the streets!”
This is the cry of many women who have lived on the streets, bound by homelessness, often associated with addictions, domestic violence and Human Trafficking. HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE phone number:
1-(888) 373-7888 – If you are in danger, call 911!
In 2015 studies estimated there are 565,000 homeless in the USA on any given night – 40% (nearly half) are Women.
The Leading cause of Homelessness among Women and Families is Domestic Violence.
Trafficking Among Adult Women:
The following is an excerpt from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, – The Victims:
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, with hundreds of thousands in the United States. The victims of this crime in the U.S. are men and women, adults and children, and foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. As defined by U.S. law, victims of human trafficking can be divided into three populations:
- Children under the age of 18 induced into commercial sex
- Adults (age 18 or over) induced into commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion
- Children and adults induced to perform labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion
Human trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in all 50 states, and in Washington, D.C. They are made to work or provide commercial sex against their will in legal and legitimate business settings as well as underground markets. Some victims are hidden behind locked doors in brothels and factories. In other cases, victims are in plain view and may interact with community members, but the widespread lack of awareness and understanding of trafficking leads to low levels of victim identification by the people who most often encounter them.
The US Department of Human Health and Services, Administration of Children and Families, provides-FACT SHEET: IDENTIFYING VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING:
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which victims are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex, debt bondage, or involuntary labor. Victims of human trafficking can be young children, teenagers, men and women. They can be U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) or foreign nationals, and they can be found in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Minors (under the age of 18) who are induced to perform commercial sex acts are victims of trafficking, regardless of whether their traffickers used force, fraud, or coercion.
Victims of human trafficking may exhibit any of the following:
- Evidence of being controlled either physically or psychologically;
- Inability to leave home or place of work;
- Inability to speak for oneself or share one’s own information;
- Information is provided by someone accompanying the individual;
- Loss of control of one’s own identification documents (ID or passport);
- Have few or no personal possessions;
- Owe a large debt that the individual is unable to pay off; or
- Loss of sense of time or space, not knowing where they are or what city or state they are in.
The women range in age from 18 to 57 years old, with 35 as the average age.
At intake, 93.7% of the women we serve report being homeless, 61.3% report a mental health diagnosis, 98.2% need substance abuse treatment, 41.3% report having a medical diagnosis, and over half of the women we serve report being prescribed medications. In addition, many victims do not report having mental health or health issues at intake due to stigma, fear of rejection, or fear of receiving medical care.
Our MISSION at Tabitha’s Housing:
Your New Journey begins at Tabitha’s Housing.
We know how difficult it is to overcome Homelessness that is associated with aging out of the foster care system, domestic violence, and trafficking, that can stop us from living a life filled with peace and hope. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for Good and not for disaster, to give you a Future and a Hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Tabitha’s Housing was founded by Pastor Nina Tidwell, Author of: Love Awakens, to provide Women the opportunity to overcome these traumatic circumstances. At Tabitha’s House you will begin the process of Healing in a Safe and Caring environment.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 NIV.
Tabitha’s Housing is the Next Step; God’s plan to continue His Good Work in you, through the help of His people, full of the Compassion and Love of our Chief Shepherd, and Master of His Church, Jesus Christ. With a support system, we help each women take the necessary steps toward a Life of Healing and independence, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36.
Pastor Nina developed a strong desire to not only provide a Home, but a Family, with opportunities many would not have in any other environment, where she is involved daily, with scheduled Bible studies, and Godly counsel.
AND THE LORD SAID…
While standing in the kitchen last week the Lord spoke to me and said, “I Love the Homeless Women just as much as I love the orphan. They have been crying out to Me for a very long time.” He then proceeded and said, “I have a home for them and I have put people in place with the resources to do it.” And then He said something I’d never heard Him say to me before: “Thank you for continuing to help them.” And I thought, Lord, you’re thanking me? And encouraged me to keep sharing the Vision.
HOPE House of Ponce Village Homeless Women Housing will provide Mentorship (with a live-in Godly house mother.) I will be involved daily and provide Godly counsel. These women will not be left to themselves. They will receive the same Love and Care as our Legacy Family.
The LORD replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the Poor. Now I will rise up to Rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.”
Nina Tidwell is Co-founder and Pastor of Ponce Church in Ponce Inlet along with her husband Pastor Rick Tidwell, Founder of Ponce Church. She is also Co-author of The Main Thing and The Right Thing – by Rick Tidwell, and her book, LOVE AWAKENS available at LoveAwakens.org
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