FREEDOM A LA CART
Who We Are: Freedom a la Cart is a nonprofit organization and catering social enterprise that empowers survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. People are not property. We believe that women who have lived in slavery should be empowered to gain freedom through personal and economic independence. Through offering comprehensive supportive services, practical life skills, paid workforce training and one-on-one case management, Freedom is a place where survivors can heal, learn and grow as they prepare to live independently in the community.
What We Do: Ten years ago, Doma International began a collaborative partnership with Franklin County Municipal Court’s CATCH Court specialized docket. Whereas CATCH provides an intensive probationary program to help victims of sex trafficking, Doma established a comprehensive community-based support program to foster healing and restoration. Furthermore, to help overcome barriers to employment, Doma launched Freedom a la Cart, a social enterprise and job training opportunity to offer survivors economic self-sufficiency through paid workforce development. In early 2014, Doma International and Freedom a la Cart merged names, combining the restorative and supportive services with the social enterprise’s job preparedness through one harmonious brand: Freedom a la Cart.
Why We're Important: Human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, has deep roots in central Ohio. As many as 1500 solicitation arrests are made each year in Franklin County. An estimated 92% are identified as victims of human trafficking. These women were trafficked at the average age of 13, and have suffered extensive trauma, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, and poverty. We know that economic independence starts with a sustainable job, but human trafficking survivors face severe barriers to employment. By addressing the link between supportive services, community, and employment, Freedom a la Cart is helping survivors live independently.
How We Impact the Community: In 2016 and 2017, Freedom a la Cart provided supportive services to 116 and 210 survivors, respectively – a year-over-year increase of over 80%. Of those served, 50 received workforce development training and 20 transitioned to sustainable employment and are living independently in the community. As we deliver delicious, made-from-scratch cuisine and prepare and employ survivors, we also educate the community with a message of hope and healing for survivors of human trafficking.
“Freedom a la Cart put me back on my feet. They helped me get a driver’s license and completely furnish my first home. Working at Freedom built my confidence... Thanks to Freedom I was able to make the right steps in getting my dream job and my son back." –Mandie
How You Can Help: We invite you to join us in building this city’s most innovative social enterprise and creating long-lasting change in the lives of survivors of human trafficking. There are several ways to support these brave women on their journey toward restoration and self-sufficiency.
Donate. Your gift of $50 provides supportive services to one survivor for a month. Or join our capital campaign to fund the opening of a Freedom a la Cart cafe.
Volunteer. Become a mentor, bring meals to CATCH Court or help in our kitchen.
Order. Select Freedom a la Cart to cater your next event.
Donate, volunteer and order at freedomalacart.org.
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Executive Director: Paula Haines