Stimulating the awareness of preventing child abuse, Exchange Club of Dayton took on a project in March of 2016 to mail information about CARE house, Oasis House and Brigid’s Path. Below is the information disseminated:
Dear Friends in Faith,
As April is Prevention of Child Abuse Month, the Exchange Club of Dayton, a service club with strong advocacy for Prevention of Child Abuse, would like to share some information from CARE House, Oasis House for Women and Brigid’s Path.
These three organizations have provided some specific data and some resource information which we hope you will share in some form with your congregation. This should strengthen the resolve of all of us to prevent child abuse and treat the aftermath.
One terrifying aspect of child abuse is that it often leads to human trafficking, as children come to believe their primary value is as objects of sex. The mission of Oasis House http://www.oasisforwomen.org/ is to offer hope to women in the sex industry and victims of human trafficking by promoting healing, restoration, and empowerment through Christ’s unconditional love, teaching practical life skills, and mentoring the transformational process.The victims typically suffer from: Low self-esteem, Lack of job skills, Homelessness, Illiteracy, Alcohol, drug, and substance abuse. They have often suffered neglect and sexual abuse as children, are often victims of domestic violence and they rarely have a support system around them.
Oasis House (now merged with Be Free Dayton) offers the following services at no cost to the client: Professional counseling by a Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychiatric Care by a Psychiatrist from the WSU/Boonshoft School of Medicine, and serves as a drop-in center where women working the streets can come and take a hot shower and get a clean set of clothes, as well as a hot meal. It assists with resume writing and life skills development, offers mentoring programs and self-empowerment classes, and refers clients to other agencies for food, dental and health care, drug rehabilitation, and help setting up a new household.
A beginning venture is Brigid’s Path that plans to provide inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns (215 in the Dayton area last year), non-judgmental support for mothers, and education services to improve family outcomes. The founders, Deanne Murphy and Jill Kingston, are building a 26 unit facility on South Dixie Drive and have raised more than $1 million from private sources to do so. They have inspiring personal stories to tell as well of how their faith has led them to this incredibly compassionate endeavor. See www.BRIGIDSPATH.org.
It is easy to see all the child abuse connections, and we hope that your community will be open to learning more and joining the fight against it.
Sincerely, Carol Suddath, President-elect and chair, Dayton Exchange Child Abuse Prevention committee