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‘Shout it from the Rooftops’ Sweepstakes winner: BridgeHope

We recently ran a ‘Shout it From the Rooftops’ contest on our instagram. Here at Charidy, our mission is to empower every individual to create a better world. We asked the Instagram world of Nonprofits, “What’s your Mission?” and anyone who shared their mission statement in the comments had the chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card.

We had many amazing submissions, but the winner ultimately was, BridgeHope! We were so inspired by their mission and cause that we decided to showcase them on the Charidy blog so our readers could get to know them better! Check out our interview with the BridgeHope team below!

Tell us about your organization:

John and Jessa Dillow Crisp

In 2015, shortly after John and Jessa Dillow Crisp got married, they attended a Task Force meeting where law enforcement talked about the ways victims of commercial sexual exploitation remained vulnerable to traffickers if there was gap between their recovery and receiving needed resources. Since Jessa is a survivor of human trafficking, this conversation hit close to home and both Crisp’s started to conceptualize what they could do to change the landscape surrounding this horrific crime. A solution began to form through the idea of a smartphone APP that could bridge resources and foster hope to survivors of human trafficking, ultimately breaking down the time of vulnerability that could lead to re-exploitation.

Over the next two years, key conversations and strategic planning meetings took place and in 2017, John and Jessa cofounded BridgeHope to fight human trafficking locally, domestically, and internationally by collaborating resources for survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. By means of initiatives and current projects, BridgeHope brings awareness to exploitation and trafficking through education, combatting vulnerabilities with technology, and facilitating an environment where survivors of exploitation can thrive.

What is your mission?

BridgeHope exists to bring awareness to the realities of exploitation, combat vulnerability with technology, and facilitate an environment where survivors of exploitation can thrive.

What are the opportunities you provide?

In addition to conducting advanced trainings on issues pertaining to trafficking and trauma recovery, we are building a smartphone APP to bridge resources to survivors of human trafficking, and we provide direct services to survivors through our gender inclusive GiveHope holiday gift drive and our Ascent Mentorship Program for male survivors of human trafficking.

How has your organization impacted the community?

As the only organization in Colorado providing direct services to males we have been able to impact individual lives and the community by advocating for boys. In addition, in 2018 we sent out 153 holiday packages to survivors in North America telling them that they are seen and loved.

Any success stories you would like to share?

Success is a hard thing to define because often it looks small like a grain of sand versus a mountain. Here, it can look like a survivor reaching out and sharing that they are needing help, to being able to help one get settled and more grounded, and bringing love and encouragement to others. We have seen all of these and more, including multiple survivors sharing the impact of receiving their holiday package and the way that this spoke love to their hearts. 

We are so happy to share this interview with BridgeHope. Head to their website to learn even more and discover how you can get involved!