In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Jacksonville Social-Enterprise, Rethreaded, held a panel discussion at their warehouse. It was sponsored by the Circle of Sisters (Rethreaded Giving Circle). This important gathering paid tribute to human trafficking survivors and provided education for the public regarding misconceptions about the subject.
The Circle of Sisters is a volunteer-led giving circle founded by Rethreaded donors and supporters. This circle brings women together from around Northeast Florida to form a sisterhood, which is committed to providing support and advocacy for survivors. Through networking opportunities, social gatherings, and the formation of new partnerships, this community of women is dedicating their time to making a difference by changing the lives of survivors of human trafficking.
The Circle of Sister’s leadership team consists of Kristin Keen, Gloria Love, Lisa Gearhart, Robyn Roberts, Lindsay Crosas, Adina Pollan, Jessica Carroll, Lindsay Eyrick, and Megan Conklin. The leadership team plans events for the Circle of Sisters and spreads awareness of the Rethreaded mission.
On January 16, 2020, the Circle of Sisters gathered to host an educational panel on human trafficking awareness. The panel included two survivors of human trafficking on staff at Rethreaded, a licensed mental health counselor Erin Pruett and Circle of Sisters' member, Katrina Abdullah. It was inspirational to hear the stories and wisdom from all women involved. Rethreaded Founder and President Kristin Keen expressed that this panel was her favorite event in quite a while.
“We believe that community heals. And whether we are survivors or sisters, we all will find healing through the community we are creating.” Kristin Keen, Founder, and President of Rethreaded
During the panel, Kathleen Shaw presented the Circle of Sisters with a generous grant. This grant comes from The Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund at The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. The matching grant is designed to increase membership in the circle by 17 women, providing a great opportunity for the giving circle to expand.
Rethreaded is looking forward to the new members that are going to join The Circle of Sisters, because of this grant. To get more information about the Circle of Sisters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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