Hope at Home
We were privileged to have Helen Hodgson from Hope at Home speak about this amazing ministry among survivors of people trafficking.
Hope at Home believe that the survivors of modern day slavery and human trafficking deserve nurturing and supporting in order to find dignity and rebuild their lives. Supportive hosts and a stable home are a perfect setting for developing independence and resilience. Hope at Home works with referral agencies and hosts to facilitate a voluntary, adult to adult living arrangements between hosts and survivors exiting safe houses. Helen says: “We believe that everyone deserves the chance to find a hope and a future”.
Seeing the huge gap in provision for housing and support for survivors of modern day slavery and human trafficking, Jared, Helen and their three boys opened their own home to host in July 2015. This not only gave them valuable experience and important contacts, but opened their eyes to the desperate need to prevent re-trafficking and to provide a ‘family’ and a network of support for the guest. Deciding to roll the project out across the UK to meet this need was an obvious choice.
Jared’s background is in hospitality and this allows him to bring project management, networking, relationship building and visionary skills to the mix. Helen is an experienced community development worker and freelance writer; she brings her own skills of working with people of all backgrounds in order to reach desired outcomes together.