Orange City United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Reach, Serve, and Love like Christ

H. O. P. E.

Helpers Of People Enslaved,
West Volusia Churches United

We are a faith-based coalition of people of multiple denominations who are passionately dedicated to helping end human trafficking and to supporting survivors rescued right here in Central Florida. We help to prevent more victims by providing awareness education in our churches and communities. We support survivors by fundraising to assist those organizations which help them by providing housing, therapy, medical care, and job preparation.
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise of this century growing from $9 billion to a $150 billion dollar global industry in a little over a decade. There is no typical trafficker. Traffickers can be parents or other close family members, boyfriends, girlfriends, neighbors, employers, or strangers. Traffickers can be a part of organized crime, corporations, gangs, or can work alone. Don't ignore the facts. Slavery exists and we can work together to end it. (Source: National safe place network.) We welcome you to join us!
One thing you can do right now to help is buy a ticket to our Night for Freedom Dinner/Auction on April 14, 2018.  This year’s event will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in DeBary, one of the H.O.P.E. team members. Click here to go to St. Ann’s, where you can purchase a ticket or make a donation.
The evening will start with a silent auction, then we’ll have dinner in their spacious and beautifully-decorated hall and enjoy a delicious meal. Then we will hear from our keynote speaker, Special Agent Jose Ramirez, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and an inspiring message from a local HT survivor.  Afterward we will be entertained by our auctioneer J.D. Hunter as he leads the way in raising money to support these local organizations who are providing services to the victims.
For more information about the H.O.P.E. team or to become a member, please contact the church office at 386-775-3068.
 For more information about human trafficking please check out the links below.