Hepzibah House began as a dream in 2008. On hearing Derek Loux, an abolition activist, share his plans for a home – a family setting – working with women rescued out of sex trafficking, Becky Dymond began to daydream about turning a horse farm into something similar. The dream simmered in the background, while she completed her Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology, became the recording secretary in a local abolitionist coalition, opened a private practice and researched the topic while looking for a group working with trafficking survivors locally.
It wasn’t until she began to look for new office space in the fall of 2011 that the dream stirred to life. It just so happened the farm she had daydreamed about three years earlier was now for sale and had an out building that would make the perfect office space for a counseling practice. Thinking about this possibility resurrected the dreams from three years previous.
The realization that this was the direction she was to go – to create a family-style ministry working with adult women rescued out of human trafficking – was an overwhelming prospect. Being a woman of faith, she took it to prayer. When she pointed out a lack of personal finances for such a huge project, that still, small voice replied, “If you will risk for this population, I will meet you every step of the way.” As she began to take tentative steps each practical objection was neutralized in unexpected ways.
• When funds were needed for the initial start-up costs, a benefit barn dance produced five times the investment providing ample resources for the necessary legal, electronic & executive hurdles.
• When business advisors were needed to give direction & design to the planning, two capable individuals stepped up to help.
• When she needed skilled volunteers for key positions, they all appeared as if on queue.
At present, we have accomplished these milestones:
• Incorporated in the State of Florida in July.
• Awarded 501(c)3 non-profit status approval from the IRS in September.
• First board meeting in November.
• Initial set-up and maintenance of website, Facebook & Twitter accounts up and running
• Key positions filled by competent, experienced personnel as follows.
• Business Advisors: Ashley Boyd, Kent Johnson.
• Programming Advisors: Dr. John Abuso, Dr. Lisa Stubbs.
• Bookkeeper: Lori Schwenk
• Legal Advisor: Celia Henry
• Event Organizer: Sandy Bitgood
Our next step is raising funds for our first safe home and micro-business start-up, which brings you to Facebook Causes as one of many other sources!
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about us, and for your support!
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