Our Mission

The purpose of Building Hope Communities is to transform lives by providing safe and restorative transitional housing for survivors of sex trafficking. We accomplish this by involving the whole community to bring together individuals, corporations, churches, and other non-profit organizations to help fund/build the housing for these women and their children.

Background

The housing in this community will be for women (and their children) who have graduated from the Wellspring Living program. Wellspring Living was founded by Mary Frances Bowley in 2001, and is a non-profit dedicated to rescuing and preventing the sexual exploitation of women and children. She is a leader in bringing the fight against child sex-trafficking to Atlanta and is a founding member of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. She is also the author of three books, ‘A League of Dangerous Women’, ‘The White Umbrella’, and her latest book, ‘Make It Zero’. Mary Frances has been a valuable partner to help get this first Wellspring Hope Community started. You can learn more about her organization at www.wellspringliving.org

Construction

Architectural plans and engineering were started in 2017, and the construction started in May 2018 in Metro Atlanta. The community is made up of 9 “Tiny House” cottages and a community center.  The community is expected to be completed in Spring 2019.

Residency

The residents coming here will have already completed a program through Wellspring Living and will have employment. One of their major needs is affordable housing for while they get back on their feet. Because they have employment, they often do not qualify for government assistance but they lack the income necessary to afford safe housing. Because a lot their abuse began as a child at home, they often do not have a family to go back to. As a result, a lot of these women have to move in with others into dangerous/unhealthy situations. This is why the Wellspring Hope Community is so vital; to give these survivors a place to stay that gives them dignity and respects their healing and recovery. The residents will able to stay for up to 3 years, and during that time will pay a low program fee that will go to the cost of keeping the program running (maintenance, insurance, etc) and a scholarship fund. At the end of a 3 year stay they will be eligible for up to $10,000 in scholarships which will help enable them to be financially independent.