Continuing the Mission Amid Crisis

Continuing the Mission Amid Crisis

Dear Friend,

I hope this finds you and your family well and safe. We realize these are unprecedented times, filled with uncertainty. But even as we adjust to life during social distancing and work to overcome fear of the unknown, we are confident that we will see the best of humanity emerge.

Fred Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

Be comforted that there are people tirelessly fighting for your good right now. Doctors and nurses, business owners and grocery store clerks, concerned family and neighbors are coming together to support you and offer the community help.

I hope that we can comfort you as well, as we fight for the freedom of oppressed men, women, and children in our city.

How is COVID-19 affecting our team and our mission?

Due to school closures and restrictions on large crowds, we’re forced to halt our programs for the next several weeks.

But we refuse to let this virus come between us and our mission. While COVID certainly affects us all, none are more affected than our most vulnerable at-risk children and those trapped in exploitation. Now more than ever, we need to care for trafficking survivors.

Additionally, to do our part to help flatten the curve, our team is working remotely for the next two weeks. But rest assured, we’re still responding to credible tips, connecting victims to care, and regularly calling our clients to meet their immediate and emotional needs.

We’re also using this time to prepare for the increase in care that is inveitably needed during and after a crisis.

We are:

  • Translating more materials to reach our Spanish-speaking neighbors,
  • Prepping for an influx of case-management needs; and
  • Improving our parent workshops to bring you the latest information on how to best protect your children.


Many of you have asked how you can help. While all of us are feeling the pressure of COVID-19, none feel it more than the vulnerable people we serve. We want to be ready to meet all their needs in the coming months. Funders are adjusting their giving schedule for the year, which means we don’t know if we’ll be able to operate at full capacity when we are needed the most.

Therefore, we are asking our supporters to please consider making a tax-deductible donation during this time to ensure care for those who are at-risk and for those who are currently being exploited.

Much love and peace,

Timeka Walker, LMSW | Executive Director
The Fight to Survive: How Our Brains Protect Us

The Fight to Survive: How Our Brains Protect Us

Excited laughter and happy squeals morph into a single pain-filled screech. It pierces the humid summer air and suddenly my surroundings melt away.

Just a moment before, my hair flowed behind me in the cool wind. My fingers wrapped around the handlebars, one foot planted on the deck, the other launching me forward along the pavement. I trailed a few feet behind my older brother as he expertly crossed from one half of the driveway to the other on his blue scooter. I wanted to keep up and pulled my right handlebar back slightly.

In an instant, my front wheel caught in the concrete crack. The back wheel swung out as both the scooter and I toppled over.

Involuntarily, my hands released the handlebars and flew out in front of me, catching the full weight of my body as I let out a scream.

My wrist was fractured, but thankfully everything else – my head and torso – was unscathed.

A healthy response

When we experience stress, our brains jump into survival mode. It chooses action from instinct rather than thoughtful reasoning. Just as our bodies instinctively throw our hands down to protect our heads and heart when we fall, our brains’ instinct when we experience stress is to leave, resist, or shut down: flight, fight, freeze.

Everyone experiences these reactions:

You might feel rage course from your ankles to your head, heating every inch of your body, pressure building with every inhale until a deep growly yell erupts. That’s fight.

You might lose the ability to sit comfortably, fidgeting your fingers, squeezing your toes, readjusting your posture, as nausea slams your gut. That’s flight.

You might numb your senses to your surroundings, glazing your eyes and ears, racing through every terrifying scenario in your mind, yet incapable of uttering a word or twitching a finger. That’s freeze.

These are natural, normal, healthy responses to an abnormal, uncomfortable, stressful situation.

stuck in survival mode