Happy New Year from Awaken
Awaken has had an incredible year! On top of the $3,500 in presents that went to 20 women and 10 children for Christmas we are also moved into the Awaken Drop-in Center! Reno Christian Fellowship and its church family made a $50,000 contribution as part of its two-year JUMP initiative to allow us the startup funds to open the Drop-in Center. We are in a soft opening right now, but hope to soon be fully staffed and have our hours of operations up and running!
The statistics are scary for Reno in regard to the young women and youth in this community involved in prostitution and human trafficking. For the majority that want to escape, it’s a challenging path. We are opening the drop-in center in downtown Reno because we believe being downtown, where the heart of the exploitation takes place, will allow us to have the greatest impact. The center will be a place where girls can escape what is happening to them, become a part of a healthy community that loves them well.
Last night we hosted our first exercise class and tonight we will ring in the new year with dinner and games!