ARK OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN INC Overview
Target demographics: Child abuse and trafficking victims 1 to 28 years old.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Passion filled listeners help us mentor abuse victims online on our live chat victim / survivor support site www.RemovingChains.org
Geographic areas served: worldwide
Programs: RemovingChains.org is our new live chat victim to survivor support website. It provides online coaching, mentoring and counsel to abused, trafficked and bullied children and adults worldwide Removing Chains is now the hub where we provide listening and support internationally including countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Brazil and other South American countries. We equip, train and mobilize online Survivors Coaches, volunteer mentors and college interns through our Chain Breakers program.
Ark of Hope's Harbourage Safe Homes will be safe harbor homes for child trafficking victims that were rescued from their captors. Victims of child sex trafficking need the specialized environment we have planned for healing, transformation and redirection of their lives. In our custom designed living. Harbourage will help victimized male and female trafficking victims from birth to 25+ year’s old transition to successful, independent adulthood.
Ark of Hope for Children is taking the lead in our Don’t Stand Alone – Stop Bullying collaborative effort with three other nonprofit, victim focused organizations to stop peer abuse (bullying). “Don’t Stand Alone” school assemblies will challenge students, school staff, teachers, parents and community leaders to bring lasting change to their own school and district. Ark of Hope for Children and the other organizations will mentor and assist targets of bullying through a Don’t Stand Alone live chat room on our RemovingChains.org website. One of our partners will offer long term training for schools willing to commit time and resources towards long term solutions.
Harbourage Transitional Living Center of north central Florida provides short term emergency placement for victimized females or males rescued from human trafficking or at risk of being trafficked. Survivors are protected, nurtured and empowered in our safe home-like environment. Assessments are made towards the best plan for their current and future needs, while mentoring and faith-based counsel provide immediate support. In addition a long term shelter is planned to bring people from the point of victim to thriving, self-sufficient survivors. http://arkofhopeforchildren.org/programs/harbourage-child-trafficking-safe-homes
RemovingChains.org is our global live chat survivor support website with 12 topically focused chat rooms for group or private help. We provide listening and mentoring for all ages of survivors through specialized text only chat rooms. Examples include rooms for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, Male and Female Survivors, Ritual Abuse, Trafficking Victims and more. We facilitate connections to the survivor’s local professionals such as therapy, law enforcement or legal aid while providing a growing library of self-help resources on our site. http://removingchains.org
UnChained Project is mobilizing internationally to bring local awareness and action for survivors within the region where they live. Regional awareness groups will help local survivors know they are cared about. These groups focus on survivors of child abuse, child trafficking and bullying and can provide support groups, awareness events, school meetings, and fundraising activities for Ark of Hope programs. A customized Facebook Groups is created for each region with an active leader and team members. http://unchainedproject.org
A groundswell of awareness for child trafficking helps move support for our Harbourage Transitional Living Home for rescued trafficking victims. Our short term emergency shelter is helping revitalize lives and restore hope, often for the first time.