“Falling down does not make us who we are. Standing up does.” – Cleo Wade
If you have been a part of Wings for any amount of time, you have likely heard a conversation about hope and second chances. We are all in when it comes to supporting women on their path toward standing up and getting a second chance at life. Often, women arrive at Wings feeling vulnerable and ashamed. Human trafficking takes a toll on the body, mind, and spirit. A survivor’s journey toward health and healing is typically a long one. But making the decision to come to Wings is a big step in that journey. Wings is a place where we celebrate standing up. Entering our program is a brave step towards healing and restoration. Waking up in a place of safety gives women the chance to experience both growth and grieving in positive ways, something not often possible while they are in survival mode. Recently, celebrating standing has looked like; drawing healthy boundaries of communication with family back home, quitting smoking, self initiating taking meds, being consistent with exercise, going to counseling, and not skipping doctors appointments. We have rejoiced over commitments to follow Jesus and the ability to spend holidays with family. We have marveled over plants at the Botanical Garden and the first signs of spring. Each meal prepared, each candle poured at the Social Enterprise, every night in bed safe and sober is a win. Choosing to stand is not always easy. Dealing with grief and trauma can be really ugly. But we are in it for the long haul. Thank you for believing in the work of Wings. Your commitment to end exploitation for one more girl makes what we do possible. Thank you for giving, for praying, for cheering, for believing. Thank you for being a part of helping women stand in health and wholeness. We couldn’t do it without you.
By: Tyler, Direct Care Coach