Door to Grace - Bringing safe and loving family to sexually exploited children
January 14, 2019 | Suzanne Clark
To kick off 2019, Clark Collective has committed to give to Door to Grace, a Portland and Seattle nonprofit that works toward changing the lives of girls impacted by child sex trafficking through an intensive mentoring program.  Below is a snippet from the Door to Grace 2018 Booklet.

The FBI estimates that nearly 300,000 American youths are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Child sex trafficking is a growing problem within the world, the United States, and specifically here in Portland. The U.S. State Department says human trafficking is the second largest and fastest-growing criminal industry. The FBI estimates that nearly 300,000 American youths are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. For example, one in six endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2016 were likely sex trafficking victims. 86% of these likely sex trafficking victims were in the care of social services or foster care when they went missing (NCMEC). A local Portland study of 469 trafficked children showed the average age of these exploited youth to be 15 years, and the youngest at eight years of age (Dr. Chris Carey, Portland State University). The number of U.S. and Portland victims of sex trafficking is largely unknown.

Door to Grace Exists to Bring Care to Exploited Children
Since 2009—thanks to your support—Door to Grace has been changing the lives of girls impacted by child sex trafficking through an intensive mentoring program. Our mission is to bring safe and loving family to sexually exploited children.

Our Program
The Day Home at Door to Grace provides a safe place for teenage girls and young women, many of whom have experienced trauma that is hard for most of us to imagine. The work at Door to Grace is focused on a community based and trauma-informed approach. Every Wednesday at Door to Grace, all mentors and mentees gather as a family for a weekly meal at the Day Home. While we have continual programming for our mentees, Door to Grace also offers a special monthly highlight event. Such events have included a tour of the Willamette River on a Jet Boat, a guided oil painting experience with a professional artist, or an afternoon riding a horse! The mentor volunteers are there in so many ways, whether to accompany a mentee to doctor's appointments, court appearances, or to simply be a guide and trusted friend.

For more information about Door to Grace and how to volunteer or donate, go to their website www.doortograce.org or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram
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