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Ark Of Hope For Children Inc

Rating: 4.52 stars   29 reviews 17,789

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law

Address:

6501 NE 32 Place High Springs FL 32643 USA

Mission:

Ark of Hope for Children brings care and awareness for those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying. We are a human rights organization with programs that provide care for, and awareness of, survivors without discrimination of any kind. Ark of Hope focuses on unconditional love and transformation to help victims become empowered survivors. We are a nonprofit organization, #59-3585457, with further information listed on Guidestar.org. Ark of Hope for Children acts as the umbrella over all of the following programs; RemovingChains.org is our global live chat survivor support website with 15 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 Group is created for each region with an active leader and team members. http://unchainedproject.org Harbourage Transitional Living Center of north central Florida provides short term emergency placement for victimized females and 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

Results:

Since 1992 Blair Corbett, founder of Ark of Hope for Children, has been offering mentoring and counsel to young people in need of love and support. Hundreds have been helped online through our vast social network. Since embarking on our own live chat survivor support site through Removing Chains, we are reaching survivors regularly in more than 12 countries worldwide. Many thanks are owed to our growing number of empathetic volunteer eMentors. 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.

Target demographics:

Empowering advocates and donors to break the chains of abuse for those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying

Direct beneficiaries per year:

2015

Geographic areas served:

worldwide

Programs:

Ark of Hope for Children brings care and awareness for those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying. We are a human rights organization with programs that provide care for, and awareness of, survivors without discrimination of any kind. Ark of Hope focuses on unconditional love and transformation to help victims become empowered survivors. We are a nonprofit organization, #59-3585457, with further information listed on Guidestar.org. Ark of Hope for Children acts as the umbrella over all of the following programs; RemovingChains.org is our global live chat survivor support website with 15 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 Group is created for each region with an active leader and team members. http://unchainedproject.org Harbourage Transitional Living Center of north central Florida provides short term emergency placement for victimized females and 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

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

I'll never forget the day my teenage son's best friend came to me and asked for help. I'd known him for years, he had spent countless hours at our house, and I thought I knew him. But I had no idea that he was being severely abused at home...nobody did. He never told anyone, and no one--including me--saw the signs. It wasn't until he discovered the Removing Chains website online that he told anyone what was going on. On Removing Chains, a program of Ark of Hope for Children, this boy was made to feel comfortable enough to share a little bit of his story with a mentor. He was then introduced to Ark of Hope's Executive Director, Blair Corbett, and for the first time ever told someone what was happening to him every day of his life. The very next day the boy came to me, terrified but determined, and told me about Blair and asked if I could help him report his abuse. Blair was there on the phone with him when he talked to the authorities. He helped him understand what was being asked, why it was important for him to answer, and to feel safe doing it. He did the same thing for him when he saw a doctor for some of his injuries. The boy was placed in foster care and for the first time in his life, he was free of his abusers.

That was almost 4 months ago. I now have the honor of being this boy's foster mom. While he has escaped his abusers, he has continued to face unimaginable challenges. His abuse caused severe medical issues that went unnoticed and have threatened his life multiple times in the past few months. Through it all, he has talked to Blair every single day. While this boy is now surrounded by love and support, it is Blair he truly connects with. He is learning to trust more and more every day. But the trauma he has lived through has made that very difficult. Blair saved him. He knows he knows he is there for him, he trusts him. When no one else can console him, Blair can. When we get bad news about his health, Blair is there to make sure he understands it and doesn't lose hope. When he has night terrors, Blair is there to walk him through it and get calmed down. All of this is done over the phone or internet from thousands of miles away.

If it weren't for Ark of Hope for Children, this boy would still be in a horribly abusive home and, quite literally, would no longer be alive. Because of Ark of Hope he is free and he continues to grow leaps and bounds. He has a very long road ahead of him, both physically and emotionally. But Blair and Ark of Hope will be there through all of it. I thank God for them every single day.

 
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As an advocate against child abuse I highly recommend this organization as a great source for abused children. They provide children with a sense of hope and that is what every abused child needs. I admire what they are doing and also how outspoken they are on social media. This group definitely has my support!

 
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This organization is doing great work for children that have been victims of abuse and child trafficking. They are a great source for children in need. They are always there to help in whatever way they can. They are also very vocal on social media, creating awareness for child abuse. It is important for children to know they are never alone and that is Ark of Hope for Children's primary goal and message. ~ARC

 
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Blair Corbett (Ark of hope for children) has been my best support through many really hard times, I don't think I could have made it through without him.

He still to this day helps me any time I need him day or night, I couldn't thank him enough for everything he's done for me and continues to do for me every day.

 
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I was raised in a family that kept emotional distance between its members. Though I believe this wasn't intentional, it still has left scars. I can only imagine the horror of the scars left on each child who unwillingly suffers from the blow of physical abuse. Thank God there is a wonderful organization--Ark Of Hope For Children, Inc.--whose never closed-door is open to receive and help victims of physical abuse (and with that is always attached emotional damage!) have a second chance in life and grow into a productive, caring adult.

 
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As an abuse survivor, I really appreciate and am gratified that there is a charity that actually tries to help as opposed to profit off victims of abuse and trafficking. The last thing this vulnerable population needs is to be taken advantage of, which is further abuse. Ark of Hope does not revictimize - it does the reverse. I have interacted with this organization through social media, and have found the transparency and willingness to answer questions and address concerns refreshing.

 
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Ark of Hope is one of the best charities I have ever come across. I have been working with teens andyoung children for fifteen years now. I was molested and raped when I was a kid growing up in the 1970's. there was never any mention of stuff like that happening back then. I never knew there was help available to me. Non-profits like Ark of Hope are helping to stop child abuse, bullying, and molestation. This agency deserves our support for all the help the they provie.

 
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A great service providing advocacy and treatment to a highly vulnerable population.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Ark of Hope offers various ways for survivors of various abuses to connect. A daily educational and advocacy presence on Twitter, they are inclined to share survivor policy and news, successes, points of concern that need community attentions or review of their own services as client experiences permit.
They have a broad range of interests, They easily network questions for broader coverage and experience to benefit the client. This is all capped off by the fact that this is a grassroots organization, working a topic that is still untended by many. Those persons with unique needs gravitate to their social media feed, and then are connected to more options.

 
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I am an advocate against Child Abuse on Twitter. I have always found Ark of Hope For Children Inc to be genuine and concerned about the welfare of all children who may be sex trafficked, abused, neglected or murdered. They are always tweeting awareness to this, for the most part, a fairly ignored plight by most. It is because of people like Ark of Hope's efforts to bring awareness to this growing problem, that us in the advocacy community can join together to hopefully bring some effort and end to this growing problem. The masses of people need to be informed. We need stricter criminal laws. We need to be a voice for the voiceless.

 
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