Call To Freedom is moving locations in Sioux Falls and is looking for your help.
The organization that provides services for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation needs volunteers and donations to set up its new office.
Since 2016, Call To Freedom has supported 148 victims in the South Dakota area.
“What we do is extremely important and is not just six months to a year, it is a long process for a victim,” Executive Director Becky Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen says the organization is jumping from two staff members to eight. That means it needs a larger space.
Its current location has only four offices. Its new spot has more than twice that and will help support the organization for years to come. Call To Freedom needs volunteers to help move into the old Compass Center location on 12th Street.
Kristen Thorkelson is signing up because she supports the anti-trafficking mission.
“I’m passionate about it because I have little kids. I think that we all put on this earth to do something great and, again, I saw what they were doing and I just felt like I had to be a part of it. I had to help. I’m one person but I feel like I’m one of the army here. I’m happy to be a part of it,” Thorkelson said.
On Aug. 3, she’ll take part in the move across town.
“We’ll be here with moving boxes and heavy arms I hope,” Thorkelson said.
Call To Freedom could use more arms and also trucks for the transition. It’s also in need of office supplies from chairs to filing cabinets and binders as well as printers and computers.
It’s all to meet the growing needs of the area as people are getting better at identifying victims.
“And so as we educate the community, it’s amazing to see aha moments come when somebody is realizing that their child is being trafficked or they’re working in an addiction center and they’re hearing a story and they’re like, ‘This is a trafficking victim,'” Rasmussen said.
If you’d like to help, you can call 605-261-1880 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.