Newsletter - December 2016       
          
CHRISTMAS WISHES COME TRUE 
Local Survivors Appreciate Your Support
 
On Christmas morning, survivors at Freedom House will have a joyful experience in a loving home as they open presents which generously have been donated by our community members. It is a stark contrast for many survivors who previously were enslaved in cold, frightening situations on past holidays. Freedom House is grateful for the many businesses, faith-based organizations and individuals who have contributed colorful stockings filled with personal items, blankets, new clothing, homemade quilts, tech gadgets, gift cards and more. The 2016 list of angel donors includes: Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Coastside Baptist Church, Crowne Plaza Hotel Foster City, Margaret Denniston, Hannah Dittman, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Judith Hamilton, Miranda Hudson, Irwin & Associates, Lam Research, Quilts for Kids, Sisters of Presentation, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, St. Simon's Church, and Zonta e-Club of Silicon Valley.Thank you for blessing the survivors we serve!
HOLIDAY MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE
Transform Lives through Your Year-end Gifts
 
During the holidays, double the impact of your charitable gift by contributing to our Matching Grant Challenge. Every dollar instantly will be doubled by a group of supporters who have pledged up to $95,000 in matching funds. Help us raise more than $190,000 between now and January 17. To join our effort, please visit www.FreedomHouseSF.org/Donate.  
 
There Are Many Ways to Give Survivors a New Life  
Donate By Mail:  If you prefer to make a financial gift by mail, please send your check made payable to Freedom House at P.O. Box 2065, Burlingame, CA 94011.
 
Donate Your Vehicle: Freedom House welcomes your donations of cars, trucks, boats, RVs, jet skis, snowmobiles or motorcycles. Visit www.DonationLine.com  to view the alphabetical charity listings, then select Freedom House as your preferred organization. DonationLine will arrange a free pick-up, no matter if the vehicle is running or not!
 
Donate by Text: Use your smartphone for the quickest way to give: Text 243725 and use the keyword 7Freedom. Remember to provide your email to receive a tax receipt. 
 
Donate through AmazonSmile: Shop online at AmazonSmile and help raise funds for the survivors we serve. Log-in by using your existing Amazon account information, then scroll down to find your favorite charity. Freedom House is listed under its corporate name: TWBD, Inc. You'll receive the same bargains and benefits you appreciate at Amazon, while knowing that 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases will be donated. To shop: https://smile.amazon.com  
 
Donate via Employer Matching Programs: Freedom House has been recognized to receive workplace giving, some matching dollar for dollar, from the following companies through their employee matching-grant programs: Apple, Blue Shield of California, Cisco, Dolby, Electronic Arts, Esurance, FICO, GAP, Genentech, Google, Nintendo, Oracle, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Sony Mobile Communications and Yahoo! If your company offers philanthropic support to non-profits, please recommend Freedom House as a future recipient.
 
JOIN THE GALA PLANNING COMMITTEE

The Freedom House 8th Annual Gala and Charity Auction is being held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. Help us plan this memorable fundraiser by joining one of the following Gala committees: Auctions, Marketing & Promotion, Ticket & Table Sales, Sponsorship and Registration. If interested, please share how you would like to participate by sending an email to Katelyn Do at Katelyn@FreedomHouseSF.org.
(Pictured are Jeremy Affeldt, 2016 Gala keynote speaker, and Jaida Im, Freedom House Founder and Executive Director.) 
Hannah Dittman
ADVOCATE & SHELTER VOLUNTEER
Hannah Dittman

Hannah is a Bay Area native and currently resides in San Francisco. It was at UC Berkeley, from which she graduated in 2015, that she learned about human trafficking in one of her Gender and Women's Studies classes. Hannah was so affected by the atrocities of this crime that she felt she had to do something. She found out about Freedom House while looking for a partner to speak at a human-trafficking awareness event at her company. She believes Freedom House is the perfect fit for her because of the tangible impact it is having in the community, and the multi-faceted approach it takes toward combating human trafficking and its effects. Hannah enjoys volunteering because she is able to stand up against modern-day slavery, contribute to working toward liberation, and also because of the community Freedom House builds. Hannah says there are so many wonderful people at Freedom House who want to make a positive difference in the world, which truly is inspiring to her. So far, most of her volunteering has been advocacy-related, but she hopes to also work as a Shelter Volunteer in the future. In her free time, Hannah loves creative hobbies like cooking, cake decorating, and painting murals.

FREEDOM HOUSE IN THE COMMUNITY 
Jan.  8: Palo Alto Vineyard Church, Palo Alto
Jan. 11: Canadian Women's Club, South San Francisco
Jan. 28: Health Educators Workshop, Pleasanton 
To request a Freedom House advocate to speak before your organization, faith-based group, school or business, contact Katelyn@FreedomHouseSF.org
About Freedom House:
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Freedom House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #27-0248325), with a mission to bring hope, restoration and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing housing and direct services. In August 2010, Freedom House launched the Monarch, the first "safe house" and long-term aftercare program of its kind in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. It assists U.S.-born and international survivors of unpaid labor, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation. The Nest, which opened in 2014, is one of the few residential shelters in the country dedicated to helping adolescent girls who have been sexually exploited for commercial purposes. Through its pioneering aftercare model, Freedom House is breaking the cycle of human exploitation and creating new futures for survivors. To learn more about human trafficking and how Freedom House is addressing the needs of local survivors, please visit www.FreedomHouseSF.org. 
 
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