Big, Huge, Amazingly Epic News
Beyond Epic News for 51 South….
Before I get to that I want to give you a snap shot of the past 12 months here at 51. We closed our safe house for trafficking victims, the first one in Mississippi. We had some safety issues, we couldn’t allow bad things to happen to our staff, neighbors, volunteers and survivors. We searched and searched for a property that checked all the boxes and haven’t been able to find one. We placed many survivors in out of state housing, we helped transport survivors to those and other locations. We have regularly purchased groceries and other needed items for a group of ladies that are now free. We have spoken to anyone that would listen including churches, local and federal law enforcement, other NGO’s, civic groups and politicians. Since January 1st of this year we have worked with over 34 survivors. We’ve been busy but I am guessing you are waiting for the Beyond Epic News….
51 South was founded on a word from God. “House the exploited girls” Our Vision was to rescue and help children that had been trafficked. When we started that was our goal. The laws at the time were not in our favor and I made the decision to work with adult females that had been prostituted by the scum of the earth. Sometimes in life you decide to go into something before you’re supposed to. The laws have changed to the point that we feel we can begin housing victims that are under 18. Let that sink in. We can now help children that have been exploited by the same scum of the earth. So effective immediately, 51 South Foundation, will be switching its focus to children. Will we still help adults with placement, transportation and other needs…. of course.
What does this mean?
We are taking the next 6 to 12 months to accomplish the following tasks:
-research all legalities and needs to house those under 18.
-grow our Board of Directors with people that have a background in helping children.
-find a new Executive Director
We are going to stop all fundraising events during the search for a new Executive Director. If the new ED chooses to renew these events we will go from there.
Yes…you read that right I am stepping down as ED. 3 years, 6 months and 15 days of being the leader and I feel very strongly that I have taken the foundation as far as I can. We need new blood, new ideas and new leadership. I will remain on the Board of Directors for the near future. I will remain the interim ED. I will remain active in the MidSouth Abolition Taskforce and Civil Rights Working Group. When we find the new ED, I will remain active in the foundation in some capacity. When you bring something from an idea to an entity you still should see it through even in a diminished role.
I will remain Director of Operations for SouthPoint Church and will still be very active in the community.
So, we are looking for a new Executive Director. Remember this is currently a passion job not a paid one. We are also looking for attorneys, politicians and researchers to help us through the mind-numbing amount of laws and bureaucracy. If any of this interests you please send messages or resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to pray for open doors, open minds and the right people coming to 51 South Foundation.
Thank you all that have supported 51 South and encouraged me along the way. It wouldn't have happened without you.