What: The same dress, worn every day, for 30 days. Funding: A new refuge space for GO:61. Used for: Human trafficking training and victim services. Where: Southwest Missouri. Who's wearing the dress?: Casey Alvarez
Two years ago, I received a call from a police officer to come and assist a lady who needed help leaving a dangerous situation. When I picked her up, the only thing she owned was the dress she was wearing. She had been wearing it for more than a week. She also had a pair of flip-flops. Our first order of business was to take her shopping to get a few new outfits. The dress she had on was dirty, soiled, and it covered very little of her body. She was overcome with tears when she was able to purchase new clothes.
Side note: Do you know that the majority of human trafficking and abuse victims we work with choose sports bras when we take them shopping? Many have bruises or medical issues that make wearing a normal bra painful.
After meeting with her, and realizing the great extent of her needs, I did a fundraiser, wearing the same dress for 30 days, and asked friends and family members to sponsor me per every day I wore the dress. It turned out to be an effective way to bring awareness to the plight of those impacted by human trafficking, and the fundraising helped to assist the young woman with her immediate needs.
Today, GO:61 is in the process of transitioning from our old Refuge to a new Refuge. The old space has been a wonderful donated space, supplied completely free-of-charge by a very supportive church. As this church grows and expands, that donated space is needed to cover the learning and kids' activities for the church. It is also true that at our mark, we're outgrowing the donated space and are in need of slightly larger quarters to hold outreach supplies, provide training, and to offer victim services.
This one-dress-for-30-days is a fundraiser to make securing and moving into a new refuge possible. Thank you in advance for your help!
I'll be wearing the same dress every day for 30 days! You can support me by becoming a donor! All donations go directly to GO:61 and are tax deductible.
BLOGGING AND UPDATES: The dress-everyday will begin on April 9th and will end on May 10th. I'll be updating all supporters via email and social media with pictures, videos, blogs, and testimonies periodically. May the Good Lord bless and keep you as you give to make education and healing possible for the exploited.
Executive Director, GO:61
For more information about the work of GO:61, visit http://www.go61.org/.
To read reviews about the organization, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/org/go-61-inc.
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