Junior League of Des Moines recently started a two-year project to build and sustain a recovery house for survivors of human trafficking. The organization is providing volunteers and funding to develop a large garden and chicken coop. Proceeds from the garden will be used to establish funds for each survivor as she prepares for independent living. To donate to the cause, click here, shop at the Bargain Basket thrift shop or attend the Junior League’s annual Gift Mart Nov. 19-21.
Another local nonprofit organization, Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT), is also combating the problem. Established and led by 18-year-old Lexi O’Connor of Ankeny, TAHT is focused on raising awareness among youths, peer to peer. Click here to see a sneak peek of our story on Lexi in the July/August issue of dsm.