Damascus Road Project, Inc. is a 100% trained volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. No one draws a wage, so 100% of funds donated directly serve our local communities. We have over 30 years of collective experience working with human trafficking in Wisconsin, Las Vegas, and across the U.S., as well as abroad. We assist victims, advocate for survivors, conduct training, raise awareness, partner with law enforcement, and perform outreaches. Damascus Road Project, Inc. has participated in hotel outreach efforts at six Super Bowls. We have worked alongside a national missing children’s organization, other anti-trafficking NGO’s, and local law enforcement, resulting in recoveries each year.
We are delighted to be able to provide a place of love for each of the women that we serve.
Volunteers open our office to the women that we serve so they can enjoy time in a homey place filled with love. Mentorship, support services, and a comfortable place to spend time with other overcomers is vital to these women. We always have art projects, movies, games, activities, and plenty of chocolate on hand!
Thanks to generous donors, this awesome room is always stocked with new and gently used clean clothing, undergarments, shoes and accessories that are such a blessing to those rebuilding their lives.
A smaller private library room is available for relaxing and reading. Damascus Road Project maintains this special library of books, including autobiographies written by overcomers, AODA recovery books, and healing books that focus on mental health and faith. Donors make it possible for us to be able to supply these books for women to keep.
We want our guests to feel at home. We always have hot and cold beverages and snacks available for the women who drop by to spend time with us.
Damascus Road Project implemented a pilot jail outreach program in the Winnebago County Jail. With the support of jail administration, we have placed identifying posters in the PODS that encourage inmates who have been trafficked to reach out to us for help and support. With the success of this program, we expanded, and are also serving women at the Outagamie County Jail as well as other county jails, and at several local residential AODA programs. Damascus Road Project provides them with uplifting reading materials, support, love and encouragement while they are incarcerated.
In addition, Damascus Road Project is currently serving over 50 women within the Wisconsin prison system. These women, currently housed at Taycheeda Correctional Institution, Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center and Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center receive weekly encouragement notes, letters, books, bible studies and support. We work with them supporting their release planning and maintain relationships with them as they return to their communities.
When a woman we served is released from incarceration, we continue to walk alongside her in the community. When it is appropriate, we fund their transportation to long-term restorative care programs. We also offer faith-based support opportunities and mentorship. Each woman who needs one is given an "Exodus Bag" filled with necessities such as toiletries, hygiene items and clothing. We treat them to dinner with our staff, and provide them with a personalized homemade blanket to wrap them in comfort and love.
They touch our lives as much as we try to touch theirs!
Each girl that we work with receives an Exodus Bag containing things that she needs to start over.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Body Wash / Bar Soap and Scrubbie
Cosmetic Bag and Makeup
Make-up remover wipes
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Razors & Shaving Cream
Nail Polish and Remover
Chap stick/Lip gloss
Sanitary Napkins/Tampons/Feminine Wash
Sports bras (2)
Panties (5 pair - new)
Socks (5 pair - new)
Small bottle of laundry detergent
Pens and Notebook
Adult Coloring Book & Colored Pencils
Three each - Sweet snacks and Salty Snacks
Packaged Snacks such as:
Pretzels (Dollar Store)
Animal Crackers (Dollar Store)
Movie Theatre Boxed Candy (Dollar Store)
Cheez It Crackers (individual small bags)
Cheese dip and crackers/breadsticks (Dollar Store)
Boxes of individually wrapped:
Cans of Pringle’s
Small containers of mini Oreos or mini Chips Ahoy cookies (Dollar Store)
We also include a bible, a personal journal, an encouraging book or two, bottled water, nutrition bars and a hand written note filled with love and encouragement.
Finally, each girl receives a hand tied fleece blanket that was specially crafted with her in mind. We want our girls to know that they are loved.
Nothing says "you matter" like getting together for a delicious meal . Each month we invite every woman that we have served for a homemade dinner prepared by our volunteers or donated by amazing local restaurants. We love being able to bond and spend "family time" with these precious women.
We approach hotels with educational awareness materials in order to help locate missing children. Staff can then create a connection between missing children and human trafficking. We educate hotel staff on how to spot and report human trafficking, and set up future training for all hotel staff. Our hope is to establish potential on-going relationships/outreach projects with hotels resulting in tips and/or the recovery of missing children and/or victims of human trafficking.
We have also led or assisted in hotel outreaches in Las Vegas, NV, Kansas City, MO, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Plymouth, Sheboygan and Wausau WI. It is very encouraging to have new communities wanting to help raise awareness.
Hotel outreach is an easy way for volunteers at any level of experience to get involved and it’s effective. After being educated about human trafficking, many hotels provide tips which aid in collecting evidence for cases and eventual recoveries.
In addition to the hotel/motel outreach, Damascus Road offers trainings to:
For more information on training and presentations please contact us.
We believe that educating our community members is one of the best forms of trafficking prevention. Damascus Road Project offers presentations in High Schools, Colleges & Tech Schools where we arm our youth with the information they need to identify potential traffickers, as well as potential victims.
We offer monthly human trafficking 101 community trainings at our office for those interested in learning more about trafficking in our communities as well as volunteer opportunities with us.
In addition, we offer more in depth and specialized training for law enforcement, medical professionals, community and civic organizations, TSA , church groups and mental health professionals. Please message us if you are interested in a training for your group or organization.
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