Art of Hope to host second fundraiser at Calvary Assembly of GodWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Chase Will, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
On May 3, The Art of Hope will host its second fundraiser at the Calvary Assembly of God.
This event will feature a fashion show for women of all sizes as well as a tea party. Local artists will be selling their work, and half the profits will go to the organization.
The Art of Hope’s mission is to spread awareness about human sex trafficking while helping women transition off the streets and into a healthy lifestyle. Donations from this event will go toward repairing a house given to the organization with the purpose of sheltering two women for one year at a time. Women living at this house are provided with clothing, food, therapy, and spiritual guidance.
“Toledo’s No. 3 in the U.S. with human sex trafficking, which is sad. We consider ourselves missionaries, and our mission’s right here,” said Tina Robinson, co-founder of The Art of Hope. “We’re strictly funded by donations, everything in the house. We also have a doctor who comes in once a month to check the girls and make sure they’re healthy.”
The organization was created when Genevieve Abalos, co-founder and local artist, looked for a way to use her passion for arts as a tool to fight human trafficking.
“I decided it would be awesome if we could get artists together to help support women coming out of that lifestyle,” Abalos said. “With donations from these fundraisers, we’re able to keep these women clean, sober, and off the streets one hour at a time.”
The Art of Hope provides women with tutoring toward GEDs. When the women are ready, Art of Hope helps prepare their resumes, trains them for success at potential job interviews, and gives them clothing to wear in the workplace.
“A lot of the women coming to us are broken down and believe they’re not worth anything. We’re trying to build them back up,” said Robinson. “We have what we call a spiritual room upstairs, and we also do activities like learning how to sew, gardening, and book reading.”
“We work with them mind, body and soul until they can find a way to transition into an average lifestyle,” Abalos said. “We have a lot of people willing to help take on this project, and we’re really grateful.”
Tickets to the fundraiser are $20, and start times are 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30pm. Volunteers willing to assist with the fundraiser may send an email to email@example.com.
Calvary Assembly of God is located at 1360 Conant St. For more information, call (419) 654-4527 or visit toledoartofhope.org.