Pecan House Update #2

Thank you again to all that have helped us furnish the home and fill the pantry. Words can't express how grateful we are for all that you've already done. You might not think it's much, but it really means the world.

We have a few minor things to finish and install, and a few more things to get, but this vision is finally turning into a reality and we couldn't be more excited. 

The registry at Target is still up and fully updated.  It is listed as a college registry and the first name is "51south" and last name "house". 

We are also in need of the following:

Extra long mattress and box spring
Tea kettle
Alarm clocks (2)
DVD player
Small Desk and filing cabinet
Small tool kit

We are getting close to being open. Just a little to go.  Please don't forget that we accept gift cards and monetary donations as well.  All are tax deductible. We don't do what we do without you.

Once again thank you 

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Pecan House update

We have received tremendous amounts of incredible donations and we are humbled by your ability to give to our ladies that need a safe place to rest their heads.

The Pecan House is what we have named our first of many homes for our survivors.  We are having a house warming event at SouthPoint Church, 2010 W. Stateline Road, Southaven, Mississippi this Sunday August 30th directly following both services.

Service times are 9:00 to 10:00 and 10:45 to 11:45.

We have registered at Target under the first name 51south last name House.  

We are also welcoming gift cards and monetary donations.  Credit card donations can be sent via the donate tab at the page and we will be accepting them at the house warming.

We are filling the pantry as well.  Bring a pound of sugar, a pound of coffee, a pound of flour...you get the idea.  

We are also still in need of 4 night stands, several lamps, 4 small dressers, a flat screen television(not because we are fancy, it just has to hang on the wall), a bedroom suite and a queen size bed, box springs, frame and headboard.

I want to personally thank all of you for your desire to make a change in the lives of these women that have experienced trauma that many of us will never know or understand.  We are taking them from a life of rape, brutality and oppression and we will help them become whole once again.  

 

Charley 

Co-Founder, 51 South Foundation

charley@51south.org

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51 South is a non-profit organization that houses, educates, trains and redeems victims of sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and debt bondage.  

51 south is a registered 501c3 with the US Internal Revenue Service.

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Well the road has led us home.

II am very excited to announce that we take possession of our first home tomorrow.  It will take us a few weeks of painting, cleaning and repairing before we bring our first survivor into our family, but we have finally arrived.

Our new and first of many homes will house 4 survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.  

Now is the time that we really need you as a part of our support team. 

We are looking for new or very gently used items for our home. This list is not inclusive, it's a start.

1 Queen size mattress set with frame

1 bedroom suite

Queen size bedding

2 twin bed sets

twin bedding

towels

kitchen ware - dishes, silverware, microwave

Sofa and love seat

dining room table and chairs

end tables

1 patio set

Anything that you use at your home our ladies will use at theirs.  We are asking for the items to be new or gently used so that these amazing survivors realize that this really is a new life for them.  They deserve to have the best and for many years most of them have not.

These items can be dropped off at SouthPoint Church, 2010 Stateline Rd. W. Southaven, MS 38671, Monday through Friday starting next week.  Please call before delivering so I can make sure that I will be available at the church. My cell is 662 278 9439.

We also need your continued financial support to ensure we can maintain operations.  51 South is a 501c3 foundation and all donations are tax deductible..  All monies received go directly to the support of our operations.  We only have one paid position, and that is our house mother.  We have zero internal overhead and our only costs are utilities, house payment, house mom and food costs.  Please be reassured that all donations are going directly to support our ladies as they move forward with their lives.

We will soon have several events for the house that will help us get needed items. Of course they will not take place at the house due to security purposes.

To those of you that wanted to help in a meaningful way...now is the time.  We need people wanting to help with the ladies, create and run fundraisers, and be a member of our support staff.  If you are interested in donating your time or talents,  please feel free to email me charley@51south.org.

Thank you to all that have helped us get to this point.  Now we can begin to change the lives of those in need.

Charley

Co-Founder, 51 South Foundation

You never know really, really stupid until it is in your face

During my travels I meet a lot of interesting and great people.  People that are really wanting to make a difference in the world. People on the front lines, people that wish they could be on the front lines, and the people that question whether human trafficking even exists in the United States.  The questions I get asked border on brilliant and sometimes I wonder how the person actually breathes.  With that being said the conversation I had this morning takes the cake.

I met a police officer several months back.  He is a good old boy cop from the lower half of the state that had an amazing heart for victims of all crime.  I remember being impressed with his questions leaning toward "how do we stop the johns?"  which is the key component to trafficking.  Eliminate the buyer and the sellers will go back to selling guns or drugs instead of people.  I thought at the time "this guy really gets it" and will do great things in his local area to protect those being trafficked.

Fast forward to 8:18 this morning.  My phone rings and lo and behold it is the lovable country cop I met.  He says, " I have some questions"  and I was more than happy to give him whatever answers he needed.  He then explained that they arrested a guy at a local motel that was paying for the services of a 15 year old girl.  My first statement was "That is amazing, did you get the pimp?" He wanted to let me know that he was making a difference and he responded that no, he wasn't there, but that they had arrested the john and the girl, but the guy had already posted bail and was back on the streets.  I asked him how someone that committed statutory rape could get out of jail so fast.  His next statement sent chills through me and is the reason we are in this situation.  "Well no we didn't arrest him on that charge because she was a drugged up prostitute."  As I fought back the rage and the desire to drive south and knock some sense into him, all I could say is "Are you really that %$#%^ stupid? So being raped daily by old perverts makes her 18 in the eyes of the law?"

I then had to explain to him that yes she was on drugs.  Chances are she was forced to take them at the beginning to gain compliance and takes them now to forget that she has to have sex with old men all day, every day.  I explained that she was being prostituted by someone that had zero care in the world for her well being or safety.  I asked him, "how many little girls do you know that want to grow up to be prostitutes?"  As I gained composure I realized that this mindset is a product of our society and he just really didn't think about the full gravity of the situation.  I asked him about the girl and he said she was bailed out by her Uncle.  This was not investigated and after some reflection he thought this was probably not her Uncle.  So now she is back on the streets being prostituted for her pimps financial gain.  The pedophile john is back at work or doing whatever he does and probably looking for another young girl he can pay to rape.  

As I chose to get into this arena, I really had no idea how bad things really were.  I fully know now.  There are good days and bad days just like any other occupation. The bad days typically beat out the good, but some things are worth fighting for.  The good news to the whole story is the police officer is going to call me next time before they arrest a prostitute (any age and any sex) and let me guide them through the process and hopefully really figure out what is happening.  At this point we are still working toward opening up our first housing center for these survivors.  If I did have the opportunity to speak to the girl, I still would not have a place to put her.  These survivors should not be placed in group settings with non-trafficking survivors due to the sheer amount of trauma.  Kids that have been trafficked do not need to go into a system that doesn't understand their pain and is ill equipped to deal with the aftermath.  

This looks like a loss but it was really a win.  Someone was educated which in turn educated an entire department about the issues that we face.  

We cannot have this happening in our great country.  Please help us stop this epidemic.  

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The beginning of something grand!

As we begin the public launch of 51 South, I wanted to take a moment to thank some of the wonderful people that have helped us get to this point, the beginning.

 

SouthPoint Video Team - Wes, Nik, Jonathan, Micheal and Ryan.  Thanks for the countless hours of work and dedication.  

Vina Howell - The logo, the website and putting up with me!

Rachel Sumner, Restore Corps - for listening and nudging me forward.

Susie Harvill and Minnie O'Banner, Advocates for Freedom - For nurturing the plan when it needed and telling me when I was in way over my head.

Tujuan McCarty, The Wellhouse - if advice is golden, yours is platinum.

Craig and Patti Wendel - For having the dream and choosing the team to make it happen.

SouthPoint Church - For those of you waiting on me so you can begin to help the cause.

My wife - For just being you!

 

We take off from here, wheels up.

 

Charley Short

President, 51 South Foundation

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