My name is Vicki Jackson and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), a trainer/consultant, a military spouse, and a military veteran. I met Jen and Lisa at a Lighthouse for Life event at Radius Church a couple of years ago. I was invited to attend the event to help spread the word and answer questions in relation to the Richland County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Honestly, that was truly the beginning of an amazing partnership and friendship.
Jen and Lisa are truly amazing individuals who are dedicated to helping keep our kids safe and secure by providing a loving and therapeutic home for individuals who have fallen prey to human trafficking. I am deeply honored to be a part of their team. In July 2017, my family and I relocated to California. As the saying goes, Home is where the Army sends us. I have; however, maintained my relationship with Lighthouse for Life regardless of the distance. I have been researching and creating all of the power points that Lighthouse for Life uses to train individuals, groups, and organizations through out South Carolina. If you are interested in hosting a training please contact Lighthouse for Life. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Any chance I get I share the great work that is being done throughout South Carolina by the Attorney General’s Office, all of the Regional Task Forces, Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Lighthouse for Life, and the community, just to name a few as the list goes on. Sadly, this issue is even more prevalent here in California, especially Los Angeles. In my opinion, partnerships are the key to overcoming this battle. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, but as we all know the awareness, prevention, protection, and prosecution continues long after and it is extremely important that we continue to the be voice for those who are voiceless. The #MeToo movement is really making a giant impact because it is not just one voice speaking out, but many voices. There is strength in numbers. Bill Richardson said, “We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.”
For those of you who know me, you know that I am very passionate about what I do. I am grateful that Lighthouse for Life provides me an opportunity to share my gifts because as Mother Teresa said, “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”https://www.lighthouseforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Grace-Wins-Grand-Canyon-2.jpg
We are so excited to announce that after 3 years, God has allowed us to pass all of the necessary inspections needed to complete the renovations for Karis Home! We have also hired the caregivers and have plans to begin to move in next week.
We still need your prayers as there is one final walk through with DSS in order for our program to become lisenced as well as the staff training/orientation that will take place over the next couple of weeks. Please join us in praising God for His perfect timing!
Welcome to our newest partners: Northside Baptist, Fellowship Bible Church, First Baptist Church of Lexington, and Absolute Aquatics!
SAVE THE DATE
As we get ready to enter into a new chapter of Lighthouse for Life, with Karis Home close to opening, I can’t help but reflect on how far God has brought us and the multitude of people who have given us their time and support! We are so humbled and blessed by our South Carolina community. The following numbers reflective of our 2017 year in review is very much a thanks to each of you! Thank you! It is with great anticipation that we look forward to whats head for 2018.
On January 11, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Truckers Against Trafficking partnered with the SC Truckers Association and Attorney General’s office and made an appearance in Columbia. Their mission to educate, equip, empower, and moblize members of the trucking and travel plaze industry to combat human trafficking.
You can read the full article from ABC Columbia, here.
Lighthouse for Life is an active and proud member of the SC Human Trafficking Task Force. Here is the comprehensive 2017 report! There’s wonderful information in here including how many victims were served, cases in court, etc….
Sign up for the Lighthouse for Life newsletter