FREE exists to provide restorative care to sexually exploited women and to break the cycle of Commercial Sexual Exploitation through prayer and community awareness.
In September of 2019, FREE opened The Resting Place, our women's drop-in center in downtown Reading. Our Women’s Drop-In Center is designed to help women who are currently being sexually exploited. Our drop-in serves women’s most basic and critical needs, including a safe place to rest, confidentiality, food, hygiene and feminine products, as well as community resources. We offer ongoing relational support and advocacy. We aim to be a place of refuge by providing immediate tangible needs and safety to women being sexually exploited.
FREE is preparing to open Refuge Home. Our home will give survivors coming out of Commercial Sexual Exploitation the chance to take their first steps toward healing and restoration; to go from victims to survivors.
Our program will be for adult women, 18 to 35 years old, who have been victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. We will take a holistic, comprehensive and trauma-informed approach to treatment and care, as we focus on the mind, body and spirit, the whole person, always recognizing, understanding and being responsive to the impact trauma has had in the lives of the women we serve. The purpose of this home will be to create a safe, loving, empowering and healing environment where community and belonging is fostered and women take their first steps toward restoration and sustained freedom.
We have monthly prayer and outreach in areas known for sexual exploitation. We meet women right on the street, let them know we can be a resource to them and pray with them if they would like prayer. A group of us hit the streets for outreach, while a group stays back at our office to pray. We also have a team of intercessors always praying for FREE and the women we serve.
FREE has been educating on human trafficking for ten years; how to identify and respond to victims and survivors, how to purge its demand from our communities, and giving people tangible ways they can get involved in the fight against modern-slavery. We believe awareness is key to ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
FREE is a faith-based organization and Jesus Christ is at the center of everything we do and the reason we advocate for the enslaved. We will continue to partner with Jesus in setting the captives free! Luke 4:18-19