This headline griped me earlier this month: " Chicago man gets 22 years in prison after luring teen girls into sex via Facebook, promising cash." Traffickers use our everyday habits to lure young girls into relationships and then make false promises. Promises like, "I will love and care for you" or "I will protect you and give … [Read More...] How Can We Prevent This?
I've mentioned before the unbelievable and powerful moments when a resident's parent thanks me/our team for the new life her daughter has started because of her time at Naomi's House. I still feel this sense of shock and humility when another mom looks me in the eyes and says, "Thank you for giving me my … [Read More...] Family Restoration
This summer was "the summer of consulting" for Naomi's House! We had several organizations call us, meet with us, and email us asking questions about how we started Naomi's House and what we've learned along the way. I love collaboration and believe in it deeply. Without so many others teaching and guiding us over the … [Read More...] Perseverance and Longevity
"You meet with people and tell them how they can help us, right?" This is a question a resident at Naomi's House asked me a few weeks ago. She then handed me a notebook full of poems that she had written, encouraging me to read them and share them with anyone who will listen. I … [Read More...] Heros Partners
It's hard to imagine, but we see it. Intentional sabotage. Right now we have a woman at Naomi's House who is testing us. How far can she push the boundaries before we will kick her out? The very fact that she believes we would kick anyone out shows us exactly where and why she needs … [Read More...] Intentional Sabotage?
In 2019, we continue to see the devastating effects of human trafficking across Chicagoland. In order to heal, women need trauma-informed care that addresses all aspects of their injuries. As one resident said, without the resources she received while at Naomi's House, she’s confident she would be dead. So far, 2019 has been a … [Read More...] Naomi’s House Spring 2019 Report
We had our fifth graduation this weekend - the third so far this year. Like the others, it was beautiful and reflective of God's grace. But before we even began the ceremony, something amazing happened. I met a woman who works for the Cook County Sheriff who was there the night our graduate was rescued … [Read More...] A (really!) Hard Goodbye
I had wanted to start this note by telling you about the amazing news of another NH Graduation! Instead, the story of Robert Kraft has my fingers shaking as I write this, so please be sure to look at the next note to read about the event. Actually, Kraft himself isn't the story here, but … [Read More...] Robert Kraft
One of our Naomi's House graduates had the opportunity to speak in front of a small crowd recently, and to talk about her experience as a woman who successfully completed our program. Not only did she share how her life was changed through her time at NH, she also put a face to this "issue" … [Read More...] An Issue or a Name?