Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Update!

"Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine." - Robert C. Gallagher

Hi there,
So far the theme for 2011 has definitely been "Change". We are truly excited to see all the different transitions and additions that have been taking place in the formation of this house!

"Change starts when someone sees the next step" - William Drayton

As many of you know, Amirah's Board of Directors truly felt like the next step in the process of founding a safe house for human trafficking victims was to hire on a Director of Operations. We were able to do just that and are excited to introduce you to Arwyn Jackson! Arwyn officially started with us February 1st, but she's been an integral part in helping us grow as a team over the past few months. Arwyn comes with much needed experience in so many different areas - development and fundraising, event planning, networking within organizations committed to seeing human trafficking come to an end, and so much more.

Now, Arwyn loves quotes, and keeping in that theme, she'll be blogging consistently as she jumps into this position and begins to move mountains as we seek to open Amirah's doors. Learn more about Arwyn on our website and hear more of her thoughts on her blog...

"The key to change...is to let go of fear." - Roseanne Cash

We want to be a place where people can change by letting go of fear. Freedom from fear is a beautiful thing. Our hope is that the women seeking a safe place to live, the volunteers who give of their time and energy, the staff who pour themselves out into this work, and all who come through our doors will truly experience freedom.

We're quickly pursuing  this change and letting go of any fear that may hold us back! We invite you to partner with us in this change.  We've just hired our very first paid staff person AND we have a goal to open the house in Summer 2011. These are big steps of faith we're taking - will you walk with us?

Our Board would like to invite you to become a "Founder of Amirah"! What does this mean? If you are able to donate a minimum of $100 (or commit to $20 monthly recurring donation) between now and April, we will be honored to place your name on our "Wall of Founders" once we have a permanent home.

Of course, any amount will help! Learn how you can donate on our website...

Other ways you can help us are by committing to pray, forwarding this email to a friend or spreading the word (raise awareness about human trafficking and what Amirah's doing). You could even have Arwyn come talk to your group.*

The Board of Directors, along with Arwyn and some fantastic professional volunteers, will be putting the final touches on our Business Plan this week. This will allow us to start presenting Amirah's vision to foundations, grants and other financial resources. A BIG thanks to everyone that's helped us pull together this document!

We've also brought on some amazing interns to help us with all these changes! Each brings some fantastic knowledge and a passion to serve the "often-forgotten" of this world. More info to come as they settle into their different tasks!

Thank you for partnering with us to abolish modern-day slavery!

The Amirah team

*As you're able, we request an honorarium to cover travel costs.


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