By Alicia James
House of Engedi recently partnered with Compassion First to further serve survivors of sex trafficking. The formal announcement and an update on the local safe house will be made at the sixth annual “From Numbers to Names” banquet in Portland.
Founded in 2012, Corvallis’ House of Engedi is a faith-based, long-term care facility dedicated to protecting adult women who have been coerced into sex work. Compassion First is a Christian non-profit based in Indonesia that takes a holistic aftercare approach for trafficking survivors. The alliance not only creates a united front against horrors of the sex trade, but also positions House of Engedi to serve on a global scale.
Billed as Compassion First’s largest fundraiser, the theme for the sixth annual banquet is “Love Never Fails.” The theme underscores the power of love to heal, even in the dire situations trafficked women and children face. In addition to feasting, House of Engedi and Compassion First will host an experience exhibit and a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward helping victims of sex trafficking.
The “Love Never Fails” banquet will be held at the Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach, 909 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, on Sunday, Oct. 26. Tables of 10 can be sponsored for $400. Visit https://compassionfirst.squarespace.com/2014-portland-banquet for more details.