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#52Tuesdays: Elon Homes Opens Second Phase of The Foster Village

Written by Addie Rising    on January 29, 2019    in



Due to economic issues and the nation’s opioid crisis, North Carolina has its highest rate of foster care children since 2008.

Almost 12,000 children under age 18 in North Carolina are a part of the state’s foster care system. To be a part of the system, a child, aged 1 day to 18 years, must be certified by a Juvenile Court Judge as being “abandoned, abused or neglected” and be part of a family that is 150 percent below the state’s poverty level. 

In North Carolina, approximately 650 youth exit foster care annually, resulting in a population of 2,600 young people who may need assistance at any given time.

Until 2010, foster care funding in the United States ended when a child reached age 18. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Love146

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 25, 2019    in

Written by Grant Stimmel


Like animals in a zoo, but worse.

You wait for your number to be called. 

17. 34. 92. One by one the other girls leave…

Then it is just you. Number 146

Nameless, alone, you await your bidder. Then, finally, you are called. Escorted from the glass room, your dress hangs loose. You are 11-years-old, and only beginning the worst night of your life. Only this happened last night, too. And the night before that. Tomorrow, there will be more of the same.

You are a child sex slave. Not 1,000 years ago. Today.

You are who Love146 is trying to help.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Compassion to Act

Written by Eden Estabrook    on January 17, 2019    in
Written by Eden Estabrook
Photography by Nathan Villaume
 

Did you know that Charlotte is the #1 city in NC and #7 city in the nation for human trafficking activity? Stunned? Hold on. There’s more. A girl is bought and sold every 15 seconds for an average cost of $90. That means, by the time you finished reading that statistic, one girl has been forced into human trafficking. By the time you finish reading this article… well. You do the math. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Lily Pad Haven

Written by Holly Blackman    on January 10, 2019    in

 

Written by Holly Blackman
 

Human trafficking can sound like a humanitarian heartstring issue, pulling on the fringe of society, and before meeting a victim - a college student who was coerced into what was advertised as a modeling agency career photo shoot - I coldly dismissed sex trafficking as the modern-day term for prostitution. I quickly realized this is real life where people are preyed upon, often drugged and abused. 

Vulnerability creates desperation, and loneliness, low self-esteem, lack of familial structure or money trouble presents itself at a bus stop, a facade of a relationship, 

“But what can I DO?,” I often think.

#52Tuesdays: Anna Gaeckle and Playing for Others

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 8, 2019    in


Local nonprofit organization Playing for Others (PFO) believes that the two most important questions we can ask in our lifetime are “Who Am I?” and “How will I give of that?”

PFO not only poses these questions for teens and young adults, but also helps to answer them through programs focused on Personal Development, Service, and the Arts. One of PFO's signature programs is their Buddy Program, where teens partner with children with disabilities (“buddies”) to build genuine friendships - but don’t take it from me, take it from Anna Gaeckle.

January Spotlight Series: Spotlight On Human Trafficking

Written by Nicole Copsis    on January 3, 2019    in


January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month and with North Carolina climbing the list of high risk states year after year (and Charlotte being the #1 region in North Carolina where human trafficking is most prevalent), it is an issue that our community cannot afford to ignore. Thankfully, there are local nonprofit organizations who work tirelessly to protect against this issue.  In order to help raise awareness this month, SHARE Charlotte’s January Spotlight Series will focus on our nonprofit partners who serve those at risk and/or those who have already been affected and are recovering from the horrors of human trafficking.