Haven of Love Awareness Gala
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM (CDT)
When & Where
Haven of Love
The Haven Of Love is a faith-based 501(c)3 organization founded in 1999 for the purpose of assisting females caught in the traps of human traffcking, prostitution, drug abuse and domestic violence as well as women in the prison system returning to society. There is a critical need in the community to respond to the plight of these women.
Women that have lived such a life style face an uphill battle starting a new life. It is especially difficult for them. Most come from families where abuse of some kind was common and they know no other way to live. The Haven of Love started within a home with a support group that mentored women from this life style, as well as taught co-dependency classes with these ladies. Bible study, with the word of God as the foundation, was an integral part of their support.
Realizing even more women could be reached by expanding this volunteer work to form a non-profit agency, The Haven Of Love received it's 501(c)3 status in 2000 and was permitted to go into treatment centers as well as prisons. Working first in Dallas, Texas, and later in the Gateville Women's Prison Unit outside of Waco, Texas, bible studies are held and co-dependency classes are taught. The Haven of Love has also been allowed into the local Texas state jail, Jesse Dawson State Jail, in Dallas, Texas.
By 2007, 40 women had been involved in the bible studies, co-dependency classes and support groups and successfully returned to their families to begin their new lives. These women began to give back to their community by participating in support groups and sharing their experience, strength and hope with other women that are now in the process of recovering and starting a new life.
Continuing to give back to the community, The Haven Of Love in 2008 partner with the Prostitution Diversion Initiative Project in Dallas, Texas. This project helps females caught in the trap of prostitution. This outreach is supported by the Dallas Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff Department and other community base organizations in the Dallas area. This community effort is conducted as a Dallas Police Department sweep where officers go into ‘red light’ districts of Dallas and pick up ladies that work that area as prostitutes. These ladies are brought to a central location and given the choice of going to jail or going into treatment, or other options for creating another way of life through the outreach effort. Through this project The Haven Of Love outreach works closely with these women through Case Managing, Mentoring, Co-Dependency classes and Support Groups.
To learn more about the founder Karen Green take a look at her testimony...also now available at Barnes and Nobles is the book "I Am Second (Real Stories)".