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Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Protection Against Abuse

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

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Blair C. Thank you so much KTKM! We applaud you for being willing to share about your foster sons difficult yet inspiring journey from hopelessness to true hope. It is a testimony to what true trauma informed mentoring and coaching can do. We thank you for opening doors with his doctors, hospitals, rehabs, schools and therapists to allow us to help him express his fears and needs in what was a safe way for him. We commend you as well for being possibly the most dedicated foster mother we have ever known. Through 11 surgeries you never left his side, always helping him feel well cared for and not alone anymore. Bless you! Blair Corbett,

3 Leslie35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Blair on Twitter and then through email. He was inpressed with my book, Flashbacks in Post-Traumatic stress Disorder: Surviving the Flood, my experience with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder andthe insight I shared with people. He asked me to help be a Facilitator on the Justice for All Website to help others like me who were suffering with abuse.

I was so happy because this was one of my missions to help give hope to those with mental illness that you can survive the healing process, learn copying skills and can reach your future goals. We are not defined by our mental illness. Break your silence today there is hope to heal.

Leslie Raddatz
Author and SURVIVOR

1 Verna C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello, I know when reading this you'll think I'm bias, but believe me when I say both Blair and I have sacrificed quite a bit to be there for others. But this is what we want to do and there are no regrets. He spends hours a day helping trafficking victims, getting very little sleep.. The love he feels for these victims is unconditional and real. Some of his own family can't understand the devoyion he has for helping others. I have learned from the beginning this is his calling and I wouldn't change it for the world. The blessings he gets from helping is so unique. Most people don't have time or the heart to stick with it he never gives up hope. I am so proud to be married to a man who has such devoition in what he does. This non-profit is there for anyone that needs help. Money is of no importance, as far as getting help. That's not to say we don't need help but we will give help with out a price tag!!! I know he has done this from the heart, has never taken a paycheck ( it would be nice ) but that is not what controls his passion. Our biggest goal is to build a complex that would give trafficked victims a place to call home and a place to try to have protection and just a place they could just try to be normal. I'm proud of you Blair and am honored to be your wife. If someone out there needs help please contact us. Also if someone out there wants to help us in anyway please contact us. Thank You so very much, Verna Corbett

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ark of Hope for Children are active partners with the Stop Abuse Campaign's mission of stopping abuse within this generation. Blair Corbett is a passionate and professional leader who delivers results.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Blair Corbett through our work together on Justice for All Revolution and Ark of Hope For Children. This is a wonderful nonprofit organization, dedicated to helping others. Blair Corbett and Ark of Hope for Children are devoted and dedicated in their outreach to others in need. Blair has given others hope, help, and inspiration at times when there was no one else. I am privileged to know him and Ark of Hope For Children. God bless you Blair, your conviction, and Ark of Hope For Children. This organization is important in connecting others together like non other out there. Ark of Hope cares. It can change your life!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I first found out about Ark of hope for children on Facebook where I followed the page and added Blair Corbett. Although I have never personally spoke with Blair corbett myself I believe that Ark of hope for children is a great organisation, as a teenager that suffered through child abuse myself I find Blairs posts very inspirational and I have checked out many of his pages including twitter, myspace, facebook and the sites JFAR and Removing chains. Although I don't think I could ever actually speak Ark of hopes online presence alone is helpful and helps me to feel a little less alone in all that I am feeling. Ark of hope is helping more children / teenagers than even they know.

2 Jimmy5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm the founder of an organization called Holding of Wrist which was started in 2008. Around 2010, Blair (Founder of Ark of Hope for Children) e-mailed me about something or another and I ignored it at first because I thought it was spam.

Long story short, since 2010 Blair & I have grown to be great friends and co-workers. He's helped me with Holding of Wrist and I've helped him with Ark of Hope for Children. It never ceases to amaze me how passionate everyone there is about the issues they focus on. Blair will sometimes message me in the middle of the night with a crazy idea, but it's those type of people that actually make a change in the world.

Ark of Hope for Children is a great group of people and a great organization that I've witnessed help several hundred if not thousands of people.

James77

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I first learned about Ark of Hope for Children about 3 or 4 years ago. I was looking for a charity to promote for the Project for Awesome. An event on YouTube that happens every year that was started by the John and Hank Green. They donate money to some of the charities promoted threw the event but even if they don't get a donation they do get support threw videos. I seeked out Ark of Hope for Children because I was looking for a charity that helped child abuse victims. I found quite a few different ones but Ark of Hope is one I felt actually cared about their cause. I donated some toys to them a year or 2 after that and participated again with Project for Awesome last year to promote them. There aren't enough groups available to help children and many of the ones that do exist don't do enough, that's why I support Ark of Hope.

2 El F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I want to make it clear that this organization changes lives, for the better. For the much better, and I am so grateful that it's here, and I hope that more and more people will be served by it as time goes on.

Author E.L. Farris

Rona S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I need to tell u when I was 19 I got sold and they were going to kill me some how I got out of there a few days later I wanted to die very bad but when I was just about to I prayed and a Angel from the sky told me to LIVE LEARN LOVE i couldn't say or move but I felt all good no bad at all and something stayed in side me for a very long time sad when it left but I no now nomatter what happens u can always LIVE LEARN LOVE and I promise u nothing bad will happen again I will be fifty next year and I have three healthy adult kids and seven Grandchildren all healthy please I really have no reason to lie to u after all we are all family in Jesus I hope u understand I think u will sincerely Rona

Comments ( 1 )

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Blair C. 04/11/2013

Rona I have tried to write you but cannot find a way. If we can be of any help, just to listen or anything else, please let me know. We are here and do not turn away. You are believed and cared about.- lair Corbett, Ark of Hope for Children hope@arkforkids.org

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Samantha, i live in Brazil and have 17 years old, until a month and a half ago I was constantly suffering child abuse. At the moment I'm still hospitalized, and since the second day in hospital, Ark Of Hope For Children is a part of my life. In this month and a half I've been talking with Blair Corbett, every day, that includes weekends, talks till daybreak, and so on. Through sites like twitter and Justice for all revolution, together with thousands of emails, was through these talks that I realized that the world isn’t so cruel as it seemed, is where I found hope and wise advice, where I can be angry without being hurt, where I can laugh, where I can trust in people. Ark of Hope For Children become my shelter, my escape, my sanctuary! I couldn’t be more grateful for Ark of Hope For Children and Blair!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Dillen Meyer and i am currently serving a term as Social Media Manager. I took on this role a few months ago and i love it! I am the only teen in Ark of Hope for Children staff. Blair is the wonderful guy of this amazing company. He serve's some important roles like talking to abused children and more. This is a great non-profit organization!! - Dillen Meyer