(Press Release by Hillary Hoppock)
Two years ago, the Women Helping Women (WHW) group of Orinda Community Church started studying the problem of trafficked children in the East Bay. They held a Forum in May 2014 with speakers from Contra Costa County’s Community Violence Solutions and the Deputy District Attorney’s Office and learned about the agencies who work with the victims of trafficking. Previously considered criminals by the court system, the often abused and impoverished children, have become the focus of new efforts by government and non-profit agencies.
Women Helping Women teamed up their church’s Sewing Circle to recycle gently used jeans and create tote bags to benefit a local area non-profit, ARM of Care, which uses Art, Recreation, and Movement as therapy to help rescued victims of trafficking. Denim bags will be available for sale at 11:00 am Sunday, May 3 at the Orinda Community Church.
All proceeds will go to support ARM of Care’s mission of “using the creative arts to restore and empower those who have been exploited.”
For More Information on Women Helping Women:
Women Helping Women is a group of women at Orinda Community Church committed to taking action on issues affecting women both globally and domestically. The group has studied oppression against women in the Congo, sponsored BeadforLife sales to benefit Ugandan women and presented a public forum on domestic violence in cooperation with Contra Costa’s family violence reduction agency STAND!. Contact Reverend Lee Cruise firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.