The Restore Innocence Story
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I have somebody that will always speak light into whatever darkness surrounds me.”
What an incredible girl! All of our girls are amazing, talented and gifted in so many areas! We are honored and blessed by them and feel privileged to get to know them and journey through life with them.
Restore Innocence’s mission is to aid victims of human trafficking in the rescue, restoration and reintegration process by providing for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We do this through our nationwide Restoration Bag program, our Mentor Program and the Cinderella House.
The Restoration Bag program was birthed out of a meeting we had with local law enforcement agents. Seeing the lack of resources available to them and the response we were getting from the community to get involved, an easy decision was made to fill the gap. We started locally, giving Restoration Bags to local law enforcement agencies who would give the bags to rescued victims. As donations kept piling in, we quickly branched out to surrounding states. We are currently meeting the need for over half the country! The need is great and we are bridging the gap, one bag at a time.
Our Mentor Program started with three girls. Within four months of starting Restore Innocence, we were introduced to three girls who were all at various stages of their healing journey. One girl, “S”, had been out of the life for a while, was rescued by a detective, and now was offering peer mentoring to victims when they were first rescued. “T” was the second girl we were introduced to. She was rescued months before our first meeting and was still struggling with addictions and her true identity. She is the young lady featured on the video. And finally “J”, who had been rescued seven years prior to our meeting, was still struggling with self-worth and PTSD in various forms. We journeyed with all three girls as they navigated their way through life and found hope and healing. Our relationship continues to this day and will for life. They are close to our hearts and have found a place in our family.
Eventually we were introduced to more and more girls and the Mentor Program was born. The Mentor Program is about relationships, community and acceptance. As we get referrals from law enforcement agencies and treatment centers for our mentor program, we prayerfully pair each girl with a mentor. Our mentors are continuously trained and equipped to be effective, understanding and life-giving. It has been incredible to watch these relationships grow and blossom into lifelong friendships. The program is a yearlong program but the friendship lasts a lifetime!
The Cinderella House is where everything comes together. It is a transitional home for girls transitioning from a treatment center to independent living. It is a beautiful place to live where she can find healing, restoration and a chance to start again. Cinderella’s story is one of redemption, restoration and grace and one that applies directly to our girls. They are treasured and adored and there is an incredible hope for them. For “T”, her goal was to live in the Cinderella House and she reached that goal! She had the hope of something better and set a goal of achieving that! Living at the Cinderella House has brought her from a place of despair to a place of restoration. From the darkness of life on the streets, addicted to drugs and struggling to survive, to the light of a future that was full of hope and promise. She is working, going to school, building lifelong relationships and is successfully reintegrating into her new, beautiful life. Her story has just begun and we are blessed to journey with her!