Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH), a program of Community Pride Project

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews

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Location: P.O. Box 160022 Sacramento CA 95816 USA

Mission: To inspire hope and provide assistance through peer support and harm reduction to women who have been sexually exploited.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

CASH has been a valuable member of our Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Coalition and I have had the honor to tour their facility and meet with staff. I am impressed with the staff, their passion and services offered. Julie Debbs has assisted our program and other Coalition members with her expertise, primarily in street outreach and in understanding what victims of trafficking may be experiencing. I consider CASH to be the best in the services they offer in Sacramento and know they have worked closely with the SAGE Project in San Francisco, a nationally recognized organization assisting victims of sex trafficking.

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CASH has been participated in Coalition meetings and trainings, is a referral resource and has shared their expertise with regard to outreach and understanding.

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Like others, I hope CASH continues to provide their valuable services to the Sacramento community.

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with CASH started with meeting some of the staff at a three day Human Trafficking Training Seminar over two years ago. Through my work with women in my local church I was seeing more women coming off the streets and did not know how to help them obtain resources.
The Program Coordinator at CASH has been a valuable resource whenever I needed to find a referral in the community to help a woman. I have referred women to the CASH Center.
The women of my church have partnered with the CASH Center to provide clothing, hygiene items, blankets, shoes, etc. each month. We also donate a $25 gift card so that the women may have a meal once a month.
It's been rewarding to attend Open Houses and see how the staff work with such limited funding. They have done a wonderful job of creating a location for women to come off the street and feel welcomed, feel safe, and spoken to in a non-judgmental way so as to facilitate an atmosphere of trust encouraging women to set goals, and support the women when they do set goals. And provide the referrals the women need to begin a new life - away from prostitution.
The staff of CASH have spoken to the women at our church and helped us to understand the mission and vision for CASH. We were able to cry along with the speakers and it has helped our women to be compassionate, caring, and giving. When the Program Coordinator sends me an email with a need at the CASH Center, our women will come through!
We are a smaller congregation, but we have a big heart for the women who turn to the CASH Center.
I am so glad that the officers had the vision to start this CASH Center.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing the testimony of the women who have been helped at the CASH Center.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them secure funding, grants, donations, etc. to keep the doors open. I would ask smaller organizations to consider giving a $25 gift card monthly from Costco or another store the Center shops at for the women. A lot of smaller donations will add up.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CASH introduces hope into the lives of women who have survived desperate circumstances. Since opening its doors, this agency has helped individuals transform their lives. While some of the CASH guests are former sex workers, looking for a safe place to address lingering issues stemming from prostitution; others are active prostitutes struggling with the daily trauma associated with sexual exploitation. CASH utilizes a harm-reduction philosophy and offers peer support, trauma-informed groups, individual counseling and case management in a safe environment, where women can gather strength from each other. One unique strength of this agency is the fact that CASH employs former street-level sex workers to engage the clients. CASH staff use their own personal experience as a counseling tool, sending the undeniable message that change is possible. This message is supported by numerous before-after photographs on the walls, documenting each staff member's personal journey through recovery. These walls speak volumes and, to me, the pictures seem to say : "Change does happen. You can trust us. We aren't asking you to do anything we haven't done ourselves."

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Over the past three years I have personally witnessed the amazing impact this organization has had on the lives of so many women. Some of these women, who were actively engaged in street- level prostitution three years ago , have completely transformed themselves. There are alumni of this program currently leading lives they'd never imagined: enrolled in school, raising their children, maintaining their homes and enjoying a life free of sexual exploitation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand services to meet the needs of this population. CASH is an amazing organization providing a uniquely valuable service to this vulnerable population of women. With additional resources. this agency would have an even greater impact on the lives of these women.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

CASH offers peer-driven support provided to survivors of prostitution.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 4 stars  

C.A.S.H. attended an event we coordinated called Sacramento Homeless Connect in 2010. We were so excited to have them there, especially after seeing their organization win awards at the annual People Helping People Luncheon. Women who are active, former or transitioning sex workers in this community need a place to come and receive support, help and love. C.A.S.H. does that, and this is why they are one of the most innovative new nonprofits in the Sacramento area. C.A.S.H. understands that sex workers are human beings, and like all human beings deserve to live in a world free of discrimination and persecution. Thanks to C.A.S.H. sex workers now have a place to go that protects them from persecution, and provides them with the support network needed to break free from sex work. They will be attending Homeless Connect again this year, and we know that the homeless women in attendance truly appreciate their presence there!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their attendance at Sacramento Homeless Connect 2010

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide greater funding to them so they can expand their services!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a medical case manager at the Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services (CARES), and have been involved in getting CASH peers trained to do HIV testing at their drop-in site. I have also done health education presentations re: the risk of STDs, HIV and other health issues, in women who are sexually exploited. It has been a great opportunity to partner with an agency that targets such a high risk population that has historically been so underserved. CASH is a small agency with big goals and a lot of heart, that is doing wonderful work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Acessing women who are at high risk for contracting HIV, and providing education and condoms to reduce their risk.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their hours of service.

Rating: 5 stars  

I was so impressed to discover the wonderful women who founded this agency, work as staff, and come in as clients. They put their heart into this work. Most women are first prostituted as a child, and this frequently leads to substance abuse, homelessness, health problems, and self esteem issues. To see the women who have been able to overcome these obstacles and transform their lives is very inspirational. Many of the staff members are former sex industry workers and addicts who are now serving as role models for the clients. And clients may initially come in for the food and clothing, but eventually begin to trust others, and make positive life changes. The clients are strong women who are amazing survivors. The dedication and vision of the Board and staff have enabled CASH to expand and become a needed resource, filling a gap in services. No other Sacramento agency's mission is to help adult women who have been prostituted.

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I've personally seen women who have been able to make incredible life changes, taking steps away from addiction and prostitution towards a more productive and fulfilling life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think the changes CASH needs to make are the ones that are currently being made to expand the organizational structure, expand services, and increase funding and support.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

C.A.S.H. is a unique organization in the Sacramento area, that I'm so excited to volunteer services to. The staff are compassionate,professional, non-judgemental, and they absolutely serve a great cause in the community. I was so inspired when I attended the open house and seen the staff were women who had made transformations in their own lives. This to me is what change is all about. How can you tell someone where to go, if you haven't been in there shoes. I appreciate all the services they provide to the women who come to them. I know with support they will help decrease the crime in our community by changing one life at a time Thank you to all the founders, board members and staff at CASH for the difference your making in the community. You're changing lives daily and keep up the great work. Support CASH!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise money so they can provide more services and hire women as Peer counselors,therapist, counselors etc. I know a transitional living program and shelter would be my greatest vision for CASH

Rating: 5 stars  

I've always heard about the CASH program, but never thought about what they actually did. I attended CASH's open house this past January and I said oh my this is a nice place!!!!! I also volunteered with CASH and was fortunate enough to go to a two day orientation, and I learned so much about things I thought I already knew. I truly appreciate all of the staff and the work they do. I think this program is one of the best around.
They help women in a big way, and feel fortunate to be able to participate in their great effort.

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I did not personally experience the results of this organization, but I see the before and after of a lot of women that they have touched

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only changes I would make to this organization it would be to help them get all of the money they need to sustain what they do.

Rating: 5 stars  

I received services as a client of CASH in the year 2008 to 2009. As a client I found the staff to be very support and non-judgmental. Being around the staff and other clients who have been involved in sex-work motivated me to desire to do something different with my life. The Program Coordinator of this program was a pillar of support and a road map to my success today. The CASH staff empowered me to go to college and further my education to follow my dreams. I now have my own car, my own apartment, employment and have reunited with my family members. If it was not for the peer-support of CASH Staff and the program I would not be the successful and empowered woman I am today.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The capacity of a client who received services for over one year. I now serve the community in presentations concerning commercial sexual exploitation and share my story in order to educate and promote awareness to the Sacramento Community concerning the needs of women who may be involved in the sex-trade and need social services. I have seen many success stories from this organization and watched women exit the sex-industry and become productive human beings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increse the capacity of funding sources to expand hours and staff training.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have observed this organization help women involved in commercial sexual exploitation since May of 2008. The impact Community Against Sexual Harm has had on the community benefits victims, family members of victims, community education, prevention, social change, and the business community by implementing a harm-reduction approach assisting women involved in the sex-industry realize that they have a voice and that they matter. I have observed the staff at this organization assist and empower victims of sexual exploitation by planting the seeds to create a desire for victims to begin positive lifestyle choices. Through direct street outreach, a non-judgmental environment, support/education groups, peer-counseling and several other services, many clients have become empowered and changed their lives by realizing they have choices and can achieve their goals. I recommend this program to anyone who may personally be involved, has ever been involved, or who may have clients who are involved in sex-work. I have personally become empowered by observing the success stories of this great organization and the many lives this program has impacted.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisted in providing direct services to clients, staff, advising, attending community events, presentations, and educating the community in topics of Human Trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Observing clients who were once homeless, addicted and involved in prostitution, change their lives to become women who now have obtained stable housing, employment, enrolled in college, and no long involved in sex work through the assistance of this program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Secure funding to provide extended services and long-term aftercare. Implement a prostitution diversion program, serving as alternative sentencing, for women who have a history of prostitution related criminal charges.

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