Some 200 runners and walkers hit the road on Saturday October 1 for the second annual She’s My Sister Human Trafficking Awareness 5K. The event, organized by Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, aimed to raise awareness and to support The Salvation Army’s local anti-human trafficking efforts.
Representatives from Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, The Salvation Army, local law
enforcement as well as other key members of the community participated in the race in
Fairmount Park. Fundraising by Enon’s anti-human trafficking ministry, along with all proceeds from the event, directly support The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program.
In Greater Philadelphia, The Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program provides local victims of labor and sex trafficking with safe shelter, social services and a voice in statewide advocacy for policy reform. The Salvation Army’s New Day Drop-In Center in Philadelphia, lifts victims up in their most difficult moments, giving them care to recover from emotional and physical trauma and support to start anew. Victims have access to essential items like food and clothing, along with a shower and laundry facilities. The New Day Drop-In Center is also a place for women to connect with staff members and other victims.
This year’s support from Enon totaled $30,000. The funds will be used to help The Salvation Army establish a transitional housing program in Montgomery County for victims of human trafficking. The program will assist young women, 18 – 24, who were trafficked for sex as minors and are aging out of child protective services. The transitional home, at a safe and secure undisclosed location, will support young women in their efforts to self-sufficiency and freedom. The program will offer an unrestricted length of stay (anticipated 1 to 3 years,) proving holistic and comprehensive services tailored to each survivor’s needs. This includes: education (GED if applicable,) vocational training, trauma- and trafficking-informed treatment and activities for behavioral health, safety planning, support groups, and daily living skills acquisition – budgeting, basic cooking, housekeeping and use of public transportation.
A big THANK YOU to our friends at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and all who participated in this year’s race for your continued support and generosity!
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