I’m quite passionate about social justice and human rights. When you invest in JWP, you also invest in girl’s lives through an organization called The Porch Light; a program that has safe homes for child victims of domestic sex trafficking. This program is right in Lakeland, FL so it’s local and hits close to home. Girls stay in the safe home for 9-12 months, depending on individual and specific needs. In addition to providing necessary care to victims, The Porch Light also includes sex trafficking prevention and advocacy efforts. The Porch Light representatives partner with law enforcement to educate in schools and community groups to prevent more girls from becoming victims of the growing sex trade.
When you book your photography with me, I educational supplies and/or a monetary donation to this program.
“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” Mother Teresa
A story from one of the girls
- When 15-year-old Amy* came to The Porch Light safe home she had been victimized by traffickers and was eight months pregnant. To this point, she had not received any prenatal care. She was hurting and scared, but could instantly feel a burden lifted from her when she walked through the doors of our safe home. After just one night there she exclaimed: “I’ve had the best night of sleep ever!” Staff quickly got Amy the proper medical attention and started working diligently to find a place where the young teen mother could live with her newborn in a few short months.Amy shared with our staff that she was blown away by The Porch Light’s commitment to her, which was evident when a supervisor who was on leave for bereavement continued to handle her case and work with Guardian ad Litem. “That lady is working for me and she’s not even on the clock!” Amy said.
Staff was thankful to find a maternity home for Amy to call home and a few months after arriving at The Porch Light Amy gave birth to a beautiful, healthy daughter.When you give to The Porch Light you are not only helping a child victim of sex trafficking heal, you are providing resources that can stop cycles and spring forth new life in so many ways. Whenever someone like Amy says “Thank You” to us for being there for her at a critical time, it’s also “Thank You” to everyone who supports The Porch Light. *Name changed to protect the child.
About Porch Light
- The Porch Light Safe Home is the first of what we hope will be many places where girls who have been victimized by sex trafficking find healing and hope. The home, beautifully situated on more than 10 acres of land, is at an undisclosed location for the protection of the girls. The residence comfortably houses up to five girls at one time. Each girl has her own bedroom and bathroom, and shares a kitchen and spacious family room. CSEC-trained female caregivers and a mental health counselor counsel the girls. In this nurturing environment, the victimized girls are restored physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In addition to providing necessary care to victims, The Porch Light also includes sex trafficking prevention and advocacy efforts. The Porch Light representatives partner with law enforcement to educate in schools, churches and community groups to prevent more girls from becoming victims of the growing sex trade.