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Move-In Work Day and January Meeting

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Whew! Hope everyone survived the madness of the holidays! Our members have been very busy and generous in helping others around the community this season.

Donations of gifts, time and service were given to:

Carpenter Place

Wichita Children’s Home (Youth Resource Center)

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County/EMCU

THANK YOU!!

Looking forward to 2012- here’s what’s coming up next for ICT S.O.S.:

January Meeting: Tuesday January 10 at 6pm at the Youth Resource Center

More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/320810844606944/?context=create

Youth Resource Center Move In Work Day: January 16t at 9am

Sign up to help here:

http://www.volunteerkansas.org/Opportunities/Opportunity/337:Extreme_Makeover_Day_for_Youth_Resource_Center

Many items are still needed, check out the wish list here:

http://www.target.com/ot/list/u6n_NB5d5DYIVbrSVigy2Q

And here’s a nice article about the project:

http://www.kansas.com/2011/12/26/2153506/midtown-wichita-center-for-homeless.html

 

Hope to see you at one of the January events! 2012 is going to be great year in the fight against human trafficking!

October Meeting Wrap-Up

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Tonight’s meeting was held at the future drop-in center location at 11th & Emporia.

In addition to sharing meeting time and space with the Homeless Youth Coalition, our group met separately to discuss the progress of our 3 action committees.

Resource Development is currently working on preparations for the community workday at the drop-in center location. Other topics covered were t-shirt designs, a spring awareness event, documentary screening and several donation drives for local agencies. We will also be adopting the older girls of Carpenter Place for Christmas. An ongoing need is for people to fill out the Resource Development form in preparation for the drop-in center project.

Education & Training is working on a “Train the Trainer” program to train speakers to make presentations in our community. A training date should be set by our November meeting.

Legislative & Policy is currently working on a contact list of state representatives and a form letter and phone script for contacting them with regards to human trafficking issues.

Over the next month we will have a LOT of activity. Please be sure to sign up on the left to receive our email updates.

Watch for a story on tonight’s KWCH newscast about ICT S.O.S. and the upcoming Human Trafficking Converence.

Thanks!

A little of this, a little of that…

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A few things going on to share with everyone:

1. Today we were able to provide 10 cell phones to Carpenter Place for use with the older girls in the Independent Living apartments. They are pre-paid phones with talk & text capability that can be added to as needed. A HUGE thank you to AT&T on north Rock Road in Wichita for donating 6 of the phones. Activation, pre-paid minutes and additional phones were all donated by ICT S.O.S. supporters! This will be a huge help especially for the girls who have jobs off-campus.

2. ICT S.O.S. member, Michelle Gills, wrote a piece on her blog recently about a local street ministry. You can read about it here: http://faithonfyre.blogspot.com/2011/09/street-ministry-with-straw.html

3. Health Info TV has donated ad space on their hospital and doctor’s office waiting area network. Watch for these banner ads!

 

 

Human Trafficking Conference

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College Hill United Methodist Church is hosting an event over 3 days (Oct. 14-16) focused on the fight against human trafficking.

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Nita Belles, author of “In Our Backyard” will be the featured speaker. A panel of experts will also be presenting including:

Marc Bennet, Deputy District Attorney

Lt. Jeff Weible,Wichita Police & EMCU

Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Founder of ASERCA

Jennifer White, Founder of ICT S.O.S.

 

RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=278378005521037#!/event.php?eid=278378005521037

 

Event Calendar

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Have you seen our Events page yet?

We’ll be adding events related to the fight against human trafficking and exploitation. Conferences, awareness events, speaking engagements and of course our monthly meetings.

If you know of events in the Wichita or surrounding areas that should be added, please email event details to info@ictsos.org.

 

Carpenter Place- Helping Wichita Girls!

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Cory Long, the new CEO of Carpenter Place. We were both attending the same meeting about homeless youth along with Michelle Martling of 24-7 Life Ministries. Immediately Michelle and I knew Cory was something special!

During the meeting Cory mentioned that Carpenter Place had openings for girls in both the 6-18 age cottages and the 18-21 age apartments on their campus. The next day Michelle took one of the girls she had met through her street ministry work over to view the apartments. She moved in almost immediately. As Cory tells the story, she was moved to tears and visibly shaking as she viewed the apartment that would soon be hers. Fully stocked and furnished, just as we would send our own kids out into the world. There were towels in the bathroom, dishes in the cabinets, bedding on the bed.

The bed.

Her own bed.

Where she could do something she hadn’t been able to do in ages…sleep in on a weekend morning. And a shower that she didn’t have to share with anyone else. And if she completes the program designed for her, she gets to take everything in the apartment with her when she moves on. Yup. All of it. The furniture, the dishes, the towels. She’ll have all the essentials to start her independent life out in the big ol’ world. Just as we would send our own kids out into the world.

When she moved into her apartment, just as every other girl on campus, she became family. Cory and his wife Michelle care for the girls at Carpenter Place as if they were their own.

Carpenter Place is privately funded and faith-based. The girls attend an e-learning school right on campus with their wonderful teacher JoAnn. They love to sew and JoAnn loves teaching them.

With school in mind, there are a few things that JoAnn has said the classroom could use:

  • CD Players (The girls can listen to CDs at their work stations while they do their school work)
  • Energizer Rechargeable Batteries (AAs)
  • Spiral Notebooks (The girls go through a lot of these!)
  • Pocket Folders (The paper kind)
  • Pens & Pencils
  • New or Refurbished Computers (OK- this one they didn’t ask for but they NEED them and I’m throwing it out there because…who knows!)

If you can help with any of these items, please email jennifer@ictsos.org.

In just the few weeks I have known him, Cory has moved 2 girls off the streets and into Carpenter Place apartments. This is a great opportunity for girls in our city to escape a life of exploitation. Or even better, to avoid one. Not only do they meet the basic needs of the girls but the social, spiritual, and emotional needs as well. They help these girls heal and prepare for a great life ahead. They teach them to budget, apply for a job, cook, plan…

Just as we would send our own kids out into the world.