FURNITURE BANK OF CENTRAL OHIO
Who We Are: Freedom a la Cart (FALC) is a non-profit social enterprise that works to empower survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation to lead new lives of freedom and self-sufficiency. We believe that giving a woman practical job skills and developing a strong work ethic is vital for creating a pathway to freedom. So, we’ve created a safe place of restoration where survivors can heal, learn and grow as they prepare for sustainable employment and reintegrate into our community.
What We Do: Freedom a la Cart understands that moving survivors out of vulnerability and poverty and into stability and economic self-sufficiency requires more
than a job. So, Freedom developed a 24-month comprehensive life skills training AND workforce development program that includes: resource (case) management; job coaching; social connection; trauma counseling; and financial literacy. Our goal is to prepare survivors for personal and economic stability, train them for jobs in the community and link them directly with employers. Through our three areas of impact: 1) CATCH Court Support; 2) Workforce Development; and 3) our Butterfly program, 400 local survivors are served annually.
Why We're Important: Human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, which has strong and deep roots in Central Ohio. Freedom a la Cart’s programs meld both supportive services and workforce development to walk alongside survivors within our region on the road to restoration. Our vision is to give each survivor that crosses our path a chance to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency.
How We Impact the Community: In the past 6 years, 91 survivors have received workforce development through our programs. 84% have received NO new criminal record. As the national recidivism rate for women engaged in prostitution sits at 80%, Freedom a la Cart flips the narrative of a survivor’s life. This year, we’re on track to serve nearly 600 unduplicated survivors through supportive services + workforce development. Additionally, our Butterfly Program has nearly doubled in the past 2 years. Women are reimagining their futures, stepping into lives of sobriety and self-sufficiency, and reaching a hand to lift up their sisters, mothers, and friends. Generational impact!
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123 E Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Executive Director: Paula Haines
Board Chair: Kate Finley, Founder + CEO, Belle Communications