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New facility provides housing, resources to girls who are escaping sex trafficking

A therapeutic home for girls escaping sex trafficking received the help of over two dozen volunteers on Feb. 26 for a "roofing blitz," in which the roof of the building was completed in one day.

KOIN 6 NEWS: DANNY PETERSON - During a volunteer-led effort on Feb. 26, the roof of a new home to help sexually exploited girls was completed in one day.Called Aniasa's Place, the facility will house six girls at a time, ages 12-18, who are transitioning out of being exploited for sex trafficking. It is slated to open June 2020.

"We're really excited; it's a community effort," said Cassie Trahan, the executive director of A Village for One.

The project is A Village for One's first housing facility and is receiving the support of charitable organization the Home Builders Foundation, which works to construct and renovate housing for the homeless in and around the Portland area.

"It's all about partnership and people getting involved in the community. Because we couldn't do the work that we do out here without the volunteers," said Brenda Ketah, Home Builders Foundation executive director.

Partnering organizations have provided raw materials and labor at no cost, including volunteer builder captain Jim Standring of Westland Industries Inc.

The volunteers who helped with roofing included National Women in Roofing, Bliss Roofing, ABC Roofing, Malarky Roofing, and Tecta America.

The facility amenities will include six individual bedrooms for each of its tenants, 24-hour rotating staff, a house parent, full-time therapist, drug and alcohol treatment, and an in-house classroom for clients who choose to pursue home school or correspondence school.

The average age of sexually exploited girls is 12 to 14, Trahan said.

A Village for One is a Clackamas County-based nonprofit organization with a mission to help youth who have faced commercial sexual exploitation. It has been working toward opening the housing facility for the past six years, breaking ground last year. Its exact address is kept confidential for client-safety purposes.


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