This October, The Salvation Army's fight against human trafficking will get that much stronger with help from Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.
The Church's own anti-human trafficking ministry, "She's My Sister," seeks to bring awareness to and assist in combating human trafficking, and carries a similar mission to The Salvation Army's Anti-Human Trafficking Program and New Day Drop-In Center for providing relief and support for victims. On October 3, She's My Sister is hosting its Inaugural Human Trafficking Awareness 5K Walk/Run to benefit The Salvation Army's New Day Drop In Center.
The partnership was born through Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, the founder of She's My Sister, who has spent the past ten years fighting human trafficking both locally and overseas including work alongside The Salvation Army's own Jamie Manirakiza through the Philadelphia Anti-Trafficking Coalition since 2009.
Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller
The fateful meeting led Dr. Waller to begin volunteering at The Salvation Army's New Day Drop In Center in Montgomery County, and eventually create the She's My Sister ministry in 2011. With a three-pronged mission of Advocacy, Outreach and Awareness, the program's aim is to both increase involvement among church members in the mission as well as to supply volunteers for The Salvation Army's anti-human trafficking program. Proceeds from the race in October will support the New Day Drop-In Center.
"When I began my research on human trafficking ten years ago, my two daughters were 13 and 14 years old, right around the age of many of the victims I had seen," said Dr. Waller. "My mother's heart realized the danger, and there was my initial drive to get involved. As I started doing more work to fight this horrible reality and seeing the faces of real victims, it struck me. I strongly feel that we are responsible for what we know, and we are responsible to do something about the injustices in the world."
Dr. Waller will be honored for her outstanding passion and community contributions at The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia's Annual Celebrate Hope Luncheon on October 7, 2015 with the "Others Award." Tickets are currently on sale; to learn more about table and sponsorship opportunities, please CLICK HERE.
"I am humbled to be receiving this honor," said Dr. Waller of her award. "Being charitable isn't new to my family or me as an individual. You don't have to have a lot to help someone else. I try to pass this message on to my daughters and others."