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LIFEWAY NETWORK INC

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Causes: Education, Homeless & Housing

Mission: LifeWay Network envisions a world in which human trafficking is abolished and every survivor is strong, connected and free. LifeWay Network joins the global movement against human trafficking by providing safe housing for women who have been trafficked and offering education about trafficking to the general public.

Target demographics: women survivors of labor and sex trafficking

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Safe Housing: We provide a welcoming environment where survivors of human trafficking can find safe housing and access to service providers who offer health care, counseling, case management and educational services and by hosting workshops and educational programs to inform the general public about the issues related to human trafficking. The safe housing provides women with a supportive home environment that enables their transition towards independent living, and connects each woman with services from partner social service agencies who provide health care, counseling, legal services and educational opportunities. Supported primarily through contributions from individuals, churches and other organizations. Education: We seek to raise awareness, deepen understanding, and engage others around the issue of human trafficking. We provide human trafficking presentations for school groups, faith communities and professional organizations. We generate greater awareness through networking and participating in conferences on human trafficking topics. Human trafficking’s covert nature is one of the largest obstacles to its eradication. We believe that spreading awareness and informing people about how they can make a difference is key to a future without slavery.

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26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organisation doing great work to help survivors reclaiming their freedom and stability in their lives, gaining their place in the society after the trauma of abuse they have been through. Lifeway is proving to be milestone for starting their new life. The community and continuing support that lifeway provides to those guests is a very subtle way of emergence into new society and new surroundings around new and healthy lifestyle.Thank you Lifeway for doing all that wonderful work of transforming lives for better, which is your trademark.

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cbiederbeck We are grateful for your review, and humbled by your feedback! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifeway Network is a phenomenal organization that puts the need of the clients first. I have been involved with the organization as a volunteer and I am always amazed by the commitment of the staff. The team is not only interested in providing comprehensive support for the survivors of human trafficking, but also enthusiastic in evolving when necessary to improve its current and future offerings.

cydaves

Donor

Rating: 5

LifeWay Network offers trauma- and survivor-informed care to women survivors of human trafficking. I support LifeWay because they offer a unique community-based safe housing program for survivors that provides a therapeutic home environment where the women can begin their healing journey. Additionally, LifeWay has a mentorship program for safe-house alumnae, providing them with a continuity of care beyond their time in the safe house. The LifeWay staff are committed to accompanying these women as they rebuild their lives. The organization is fiscally responsible, so I am confident that my donations are benefiting the survivors. Also important is the LifeWay Education Program, which brings much-needed awareness to the problem of human trafficking and trains professionals (medical workers, law enforcement, etc) to recognize the signs of human trafficking. LifeWay Network changes the future for women survivors and actively works toward a world where human trafficking is abolished. That's an organization I'm proud to support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LifeWay Network envisions a world in which human trafficking is abolished and every survivor is strong, connected and free. LifeWay Network confronts the reality of human trafficking every day by changing the future for women survivors through our Safe Housing Program and increasing awareness and engagement through our Education Program. This year, LifeWay is building on its core strength of meaningful relationships and embarking on a new and exciting phase of program development, the Welcoming and Inspiring New Growth as Sisters (WINGS) Restorative Community Mentorship Program. Survivors are at the forefront of our programming and are critical partners in this program’s development. The WINGS Program will provide continuity of support for the women in our Safe Housing Program, increasing their network and providing essential competencies for them to reach their personal and professional goals.
LifeWay Network works every day to end human trafficking and help survivors reclaim their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the coordinator of volunteers and a volunteer myself at LifeWay Network’s first safe house since it opened eight years ago, I have first hand knowledge of what a great program it provides. The women residents who live there for a year are surrounded by a community that offers a safe, warm, and friendly environment in which they can begin their journey of healing and rebuilding of the trust they have lost through their painful experiences. LifeWay Network lives up to its name since it truly is a network that builds relationships and gives new life and a way forward to the women as they venture into independent living and toward realizing their dreams.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my honor and privilege to be a volunteer and soon after the Volunteer Coordinator for the past six years. I have worked along side the most dedicated women to the mission of LifeWay.
Recently, I had to respond to a ministry request from my own religious community. Leaving LifeWay was the hardest decision I had to make.

The women in LWNW programs are well cared for, treated with respect, and given the opportunity to Heal, Grow, and have a healthy, meaningful future.
Sincerely,
Mary Seton Agovino, RSM

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was impressed with the organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and LifeWay's ability to pivot the needs of the women in creating the COVID-19 Freedom Fund. This nonprofit is making a critical impact in the anti-trafficking field and is doing so with integrity and courage.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifeway Network is a well run organization led by a dedicated and professional staff. They have managed to tackle their difficult yet critical mission with both efficiency and empathy. I am proud to support and be associated with such a wonderful non-profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about this org through a friend who was in need of service because she was in a very bad situation. I have had the privilege of volunteering at one of their events (5k) race last year to raise funds to support he women in the safe house program. The safe house is where vulnerable women desperate for safety and protection form their pimps and abusers go for refuge. In the program women are treated with the highest level of compassion and care, they are not treated like in a shelter but with every gesture of empathy in a home like setting, I am very pleased that I was able to see first hand in my friend how much LifeWay goes the extra mile to make sure all survivors are treated with dignity in the care they provide.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LifeWay Network is an incredible organization delivering services to women in the most dignified way. It joined the global movement to end trafficking and has since provided safe housing, a very critical need for survivors exiting the compelling trafficking situation. This a great organization for survivors to begin their healing journey. Services provided to women supports their continued healing and restores their self-determination.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I opted to volunteer with LifeWay because it was clear from the work they were doing and their impact on the community that they were making a difference. Since joining the organization as a volunteer that has only become more apparent by decision making progress from the inside, where there is a constant push to always be improving and doing things as efficiently as they can, in order to make as big a difference as possible.

LifeWay provides an invaluable service to victims of human trafficking, aiding them in overcoming their trauma, restoring faith in humanity and re-integrating back into society without rushing anything. I'm proud to be aiding this organization that is doing such important work and making a difference in so many lives that need it the most.

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Tori C.2 09/04/2020

Thank you, Josh, for supporting us to make a difference. You've been a integral part of the LifeWay community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with LifeWay for some time now both as a volunteer and as a board member. Among the many positives related to LifeWay is the staff. They create a homey atmosphere in each residence where the woman can heal as well as provide support and resources as she attends to the next phase of her life. LifeWay is unique.
RK

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Tori C.2 09/03/2020

What kind words! Thank you for capturing the essence of the environment at LifeWay. We are grateful to have you serve as a board member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at LifeWay for a number of years. The staff and their commitment to their clients is amazing. The services that are provided make a huge difference in these women's lives. I am so proud to be part of this organization and their efforts to make an impact in changing the direction of the future for individuals who have been trafficked.

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Tori C.2 09/03/2020

We appreciate the value you add to our team!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

UNIQUE; LIFEGIVING; INSPIRATIONAL:
GUESTS AT THE LIFEWAY SAFE HOUSE, WHERE I SERVED AS A VOLUNTEER FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, CONTINUE TO THRIVE. THIS SAFE AND CARING COMMUNITY SETTING PROVIDES A PLACE WHERE SELF-ESTEEM IS STRENGTHENED, TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS DEVELOP, AND THE JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING BEGINS. HOW WONDERFUL IT WAS TO SEE GUESTS PURSUE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREER INTERESTS. A LISTENING EAR AND EASILY SHARED CONVERSATIONS REVEALED TO ME THE GIFTEDNESS OF THE WOMEN WITH WHOM I SPOKE. HOW BLESSED I AM TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO BETTER KNOW, SERVE, AND LOVE OTHERS AS A LIFEWAY VOLUNTEER.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started working at LifeWay as the Social Worker on 7/9/2018. The staff with open arms greeted me. The thing that impressed me the most is that LifeWay really does care about the resident they serve. The staff makes the resident feel safe. If you want to work for a nonprofit, this would be a good place to start.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lifeway Network is a wonderful organization, where all the workers and volunteers work tirelessly to help those who need it most. I have never seen a more dedicated group of individuals. I have donated to this nonprofit every year since finding out about it, and I highly recommend doing so! You know your donation is going to a very worthy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with LifeWay Network 4 11 years. The care given to our guests who have suffered greatly., and the attention to infrastructure are excellent. It has been a challenge and a joy to work with LifeWay

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cbiederbeck 10/25/2018

Thank you for sharing your experience as a volunteer! We appreciate you being part of our team!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with LifeWay Network regularly over the last two years on multiple strategic planning projects. LifeWay is an exceptional organization from top to bottom with a highly skilled staff and board, and a clear focus on its extremely valuable mission. The staff is simultaneously committed to LifeWay's mission and exceptionally capable in the execution of their work. LifeWay understands the human element of their work very deeply while also operating at the highest levels of professionalism when it comes to financial stewardship and long-term planning.
It is a significant privilege to be associated with LifeWay Network.

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cbiederbeck 10/25/2018

We are very humbled by your feedback. Thank you for speaking to the human element of the work we do. It is so important to us! Thank you for being an advisor for LifeWay!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with LifeWay Network for several years now, and continue to be impressed with the significant and positive impact it is able to make relative to its small (but growing!) size. It has achieved so much over its 10 year history in directly supporting the female survivors of human trafficking - as well as in helping educate more people regarding an issue that many simply do not understand. Having seen its operations from the inside as a Board member, I can attest to the organizations single-minded commitment to its mission, strong governance and transparency.

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cbiederbeck 10/25/2018

We appreciate your wonderful review, and for serving as an invaluable member of our Board! Thank you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Lifeways Network has a clarity of purpose and mission. This focus has been a driving force for the staff, volunteers and donors of Lifeways Network. The participant of the programs have a clear voice in shaping their own future which develops greater independence and self esteem. As a small contemporary nonprofit Lifeways Network has had a enormous impact on the lives of women who have been caught into Human Trafficking and has increased the level of awareness of this issue through there ongoing education efforts.
Sr. Maureen McGowan, rgs

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cbiederbeck 10/25/2018

Thank you for your kind words, and for actively serving on our Board!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LifeWay Network is committed to its mission with the utmost integrity. I feel confident in its operational and governance practices. I strongly feel that this nonprofit utilizes its donations in the most effective and efficient way, to maximize every dollar. LifeWay's community makes a positive, lasting impact on every woman who enters and leaves the safe housing program, and on every person who has the opportunity to learn through the education program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very privileged and blessed to be a volunteer at LifeWay Network. My experience is that everyone connected with LifeWay is very committed to support and uplift survivors of human trafficking and to help eradicate human trafficking through education. In my volunteer role as Volunteer Coordinator I am especially fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know so many generous, dedicated people who give of their time and resources to promote LifeWay's mission. It is such a positive experience to work with them and staff as each person contributes her/his gifts and expertise to make LifeWay such an outstanding organization. It gives me hope to be part of this organization that is making such a difference in the lives of the women who are survivors of human trafficking.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to LifeWay Network (LWN) through a close friend and LWN board member. Through her, I learned about LWN's three-pronged approach to combatting Human Trafficking: through Long Term Housing and Short Term Housing for survivors, and Education to the general public. LifeWay's unwavering commitment to its cause and remarkable operating model makes them uniquely poised to make a difference in fight against Human Trafficking. The first LWN safe house has already transformed the lives of a number of women survivors, and I am fully confident that any contributions to LWN has a direct and meaningful impact.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When you first hear about the horror of our times, people treating other people like possessions and treating them cruelly, you feel it has to be in other places around the world. You say to yourself, not here. Then you start getting educated and you find it is here. That is what drew me to the work of Lifeway. They educate the public to the reality and then have been able to fill an essential need-housing. Lifeway's mission captures the heart. It compels all of the board and staff to do it in the best way possible. Lifeway is doing something about modern day slavery and is committed to eradicating it from the world one step at a time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I came to LifeWay Network through friend of 30 years, its founder, S. Joan Dawber. Joan's involvement drew me in, and I joined the founding board. Slowly I learned the extent of global Human Trafficking and the terrible effects it had on its victims. From the first LWN sought both to educate that public about Trafficking and to touch the lives of victims directly. 7 years after its humble start that is exactly what LWN does. We have a safe house for women at last! In addition, we have many volunteers and collaborators all of whom help educate the public about Trafficking. Our full time education coordinator produces excellent materials and travels throughout the NY area to speak about Trafficking and alert all to how to combat it. Our compassionate staff at the safe house create a true, if temporary home for women who have experience Trafficking, allowing them to feel safe for the first time in years. All of us at LWN try to model the equality and respect we hope to share with the women we serve, and the audiences we address. We work very hard to create a coherence between the way we work and what we hope to accomplish.

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