Everyone deserves to be loved.
We were founded in November 2009 by a small team of women who recognized that very few services existed to meet the needs of sexually exploited individuals—and we set out to see how we could help, driven by the belief that everyone is worthy of love and worthy of a life without exploitation. Our primary aim from the beginning was to build relationships with people who were being trafficked in the local sex trade, learn what their true needs were, and serve as a bridge to critical services and resources. As we found that the necessary services either didn’t exist or didn’t work, we became committed to building them, always informed by the very people we served. This relationship-first and needs-based model has driven REST’s growth since day one.
Since those early days of doing outreach and building relationships in places where exploitation occurs most often, REST has grown into a service provider that our community depends on. Today, REST offers a full continuum of care with programs that provide relationship-based, survivor-centered, and trauma-informed services for hundreds of women and men in our community who have been exploited in the sex trade each year.
We are a Christian organization that desires to offer respectful services to individuals of all faith backgrounds. Our faith shows most strongly in our values of providing unconditional care, focusing on relationships, recognizing strengths, minimizing barriers, and walking with our clients on their journey to freedom, rather than acting as “saviors,” or attempting to proselytize. We don’t require faith engagement at REST. Instead, we simply offer a healing environment where survivors are free to incorporate their own spiritual beliefs or exploration in whatever way is comfortable for them.
We exist to provide pathways to freedom, safety, and hope for victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade.
At REST, this means that we seek to create an inclusive community that welcomes all, and through that sense of belonging communicates, “You are worthy of love.”
At REST, this means recognizing that we all have value, and we all deserve to be seen, known, heard, and accepted. We respect and celebrate the strengths and dignity of each individual.
At REST, this means that we seek to be truthful, honest, and reliable for our clients, community partners, other service providers, and supporters. We seek to demonstrate integrity and good stewardship in all that we do.
At REST, this means that we strive to be patient, resilient, and fervently hopeful. We fight for the individuals that we serve, refusing to give up, just as God, who loves us unconditionally, never gives up on us.