For the CCAHT family and the survivors we serve, 2018 was full of firsts. For the first time, we launched 100 Men Strong to engage the good men in our community to stand against trafficking. We saw our first in-house developed piece of legislation become law. For the first time, we logged almost 1,000 hours of volunteer time, because it really does take a village. And for the first time ever, survivors of human trafficking in East Tennessee finally have a safe place, built just for them, to call home.
But there’s more to what CCAHT has accomplished in the last year than banner headlines and hard numbers. As we are approaching our 10th year, something organic and unique is happening. We’re growing, maturing, refining, and getting better at what we do. We’ve expanded our reach and strengthened our services. We hope you feel like we do that CCAHT is a special place, with an amazingly talented team and a whole lot of wonderful people in our corner. Our innovative approach to serving survivors and challenging the nonprofit status quo is paving a new way forward for the state we call home, the community we serve, and the clients we love, one day at a time.
As we move into 2019, we know there will be more learning, more growing, and many more firsts – which is exciting and just a bit terrifying all at the same time. But we are reminded and reassured that it’s no accident the core value we list first is love. Love fuels and frames how we engage with our community, with the clients we serve, and with each other. Love is our cornerstone – that special sauce that heals and revives and connects us. Love is our source of hope in the face of darkness and our well of joy and laughter. Love isn’t always natural or easy, but it’s an active choice we make each day. Because this work – or life in general – is beautiful, but it certainly isn’t without heartache, dark days, and setbacks. And yet, isn’t that the core of what connects us, this idea of the human condition? That we are all in this together, not just breathing and surviving and going through the motions, but feeling and living and rising together.
Thank you for loving and living and rising with us in 2018. We are excited to see all the ways that together, we will love each other and our mission forward in 2019 and beyond.
With deepest gratitude,
Joe Childs, MD
Dani came to the United States in search of a better life. But what she found here was trauma, violence, and fear.
After connecting with the CCAHT, Dani not only found a new support system – she found a home. After months of being unable to leave her abusers, she was able to attain safe, permanent housing. She obtained her continued presence, which enabled her to stay in the United States legally. Thanks to the generosity of CCAHT supporters, Dani had stable transportation – which enabled her to get sustainable employment and travel to and from work each day.
Because of you, 2018 was a year of progress and hope for many men, women, and children like Dani served by the CCAHT.
IN 2018, WE OPENED EAST TENNESSEE’S FIRST SAFE HOUSE FOR SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
ongoing, active clients
were made to the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking in 2018 – an increase of 80% compared to 2017.
received specialized, comprehensive recovery services based on their unique needs and goals.
were provided, including medical care, counseling, legal aid, transportation, safe housing, and more.
“Thank you for helping me. When I got here, your voice helped me push harder.”
BUT BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT, WE DIDN’T STOP THERE.
individuals reached via awareness and outreach efforts
industry-specific training curricula developed
primary responders and community members trained
federal, state, and local partners engaged
toward educating and equipping our community to recognize and respond to potential cases of human trafficking in Knoxville and upper East Tennessee.
2018 REVENUE AND ALLOCATION OF EXPENSES
Your generous support in 2018 enabled us to launch upper East Tennessee’s first ever safe house dedicated to serving survivors of human trafficking.
Thank you for providing new opportunities for the Community Coalition to to be good stewards of your financial investments, time, and passion for this mission in 2018.
CCAHT’s cash reserve is 6.75 months – more than double the industry standard.