His House Children’s Home 18th Annual “The Garden” Banquet

Planting and Sowing to Harvest a Safe House for Victims of Human Trafficking

Linda Smith, Founder of Shared Hope International, Former member of House of Representatives

On March 17th, His House Children’s Home held its 18th Annual Banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie. Over $100,000 was raised to help start The Garden home, a new program which will serve as the first residential long-term home in South Florida for victims of human trafficking.

Over 550 guests were present to show their support and contribute to this cause. Special guests included Keynote Speaker and former congresswoman Linda Smith, Executive Director of Shared Hope International; Emily Fitchpatrick, President & Founder of On Eagles Wings Ministries; and 18-year-old Sariah, a rescued victim. It was an emotional night as Sariah shared her inspiring testimony about having been saved from a life of bondage and fear. Many were astonished by what she had to endure for the past 2 years of her young life being trapped in a world of sexual exploitation. This truth resounded in the room as guests learned about what happens today in their very own back yards. The Hope Dancers had moving performances that turned these upsetting realities of human trafficking into dances filled with promise and hope.

Hope Dancers

The night ended with an inspirational message from His House Founder and Executive Director, Jean Caceres-Gonzalez, who gave the audience hope that is to come for these girls: The Garden. This residential program will provide compassionate, therapeutic and trauma-sensitive support to young girls, focusing on the Rescue, Restoration, and Independence of girls like Sariah. It’s purpose is to help them begin a new journey towards a productive life of purpose, wholeness and independence.

There many girls still waiting to be rescued. Many are crying out for help. For more information on how you can be a part of The Garden, please contact info@hhch.org or 305-430-0085.

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