Voices of Caring March 2014 – Crisis Aid International
About the Crisis Aid International:
Crisis Aid International has served more than 1.3 million people and provided more than 8 million pounds of aid in eleven countries since 2002. Crisis Aid’s core program areas consist of feeding malnourished families and refugees, providing health care and water wells in remote villages, caring for orphans and vulnerable children, and rescuing and restoring victims of sex trafficking locally and globally. Crisis Aid has provided services to more than 300 victims of sex trafficking in St. Louis, Ethiopia and Cambodia.
Saint Louis Programs:
Based on the success of their international Safe Homes, federal law enforcement asked Crisis Aid to bring their program to the U.S. to help American victims. Crisis Aid’s St. Louis Safe Home provides emergency shelter and long-term holistic rehabilitation services to American victims of sex trafficking. Crisis Aid served 31 American girls ages 14-23 years old in 2013.
In 2012, Crisis Aid inherited Love & Care Outreach Center in South St. Louis. They provide food, hygiene products, and clothing to children and families. Crisis Aid served almost 8,000 St. Louis families in 2012 and 2013. Crisis Aid is now working to launch new programs for children and families, including an after-school tutoring and feeding program and eventually a soup kitchen.
Crisis Aid developed an extensive Human Trafficking Educational Curriculum for schools, churches and communities to implement to prevent more children and youth from becoming victims of human trafficking. The curriculum was adopted by the Missouri School Counselor’s Association this year.
How can KMOX Listeners help out?
- Visit the website for ongoing volunteer opportunities and ways you can give: www.crisisaid.org.
- Crisis Aid has TAX CREDITS available for those who pay MO income tax and donate to the Safe Home.
- Professional volunteers are needed to assist in refurbishing the Outreach Center.
- Donations of gently used or new clothing and shoes are accepted for the Outreach Center.
- Gift cards are needed to take girls in the Safe Home shopping for new clothing and shoes.
- New furniture is needed for the second wing of the Safe Home which should open in 2014.
- Visit the website to learn how you can get involved with the Bracelet Project and other events.