Newsletter - February 2017


Freedom House loves its supporters, survivors and volunteers! We are very excited to announce our Freedom Champions Monthly Giving Program, which recognizes our committed donors who show their love to survivors today and every day. Through your recurring gifts, local survivors are achieving their personal goals and becoming independent and self-sufficient.

Success stories are happening every day. One of our international survivors just completed a Basic Computing course with a 100% passing grade. Another is thriving in college as she carries a full 18-unit course load. We also have an inspired chef at the shelter, who recently completed her culinary training and begins a full-time job on Monday. She was selected to speak during her class graduation and shared her dream to open her own restaurant in the East Bay. Freedom House survivors learn to believe in hope and a future through your heartwarming generosity.

Your monthly gifts are transforming lives as you help cover the tuition cost of community college and vocational education, and much more. For $29, less than a dollar a day, your funds purchase fresh towels to welcome a new survivor. $58 provides weekly public transportation for school or work, and $145 will go toward the purchase of textbooks for one college class.

Learn how you can transform lives at, To sign up, please choose "Recurring Transaction" on our secure Online Donation page: Help make a lasting impact today!


Acclaimed social activist, filmmaker and musician Justin Dillon, founder and CEO of Slavery Footprint and Made In A Free World, will be the keynote speaker at the Freedom House 8th Annual Gala on Saturday evening, April 29th, being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. Justin is a "solutionist" who has proven that everyday people with a dream and the resolve to see it through can become remarkable change agents in society. In his upcoming book, A Selfish Plan to Change the World, set for distribution by HarperCollins Christian Publishing in May, Justin provides a step-by-step guide for alleviating the poverty of meaning by fighting others' poverty of means. He also is the director of CALL + RESPONSE, a theatrically released documentary that quickly became a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement.


"Resilient Butterflies" is the 2017 Gala theme, as survivors continue to soar to new heights through the safe housing, therapeutic counseling and aftercare they receive at Freedom House. Each year, the Gala serves as the non-profit's major fundraiser. Early-bird tickets are offered at a reduced price: $125 per individual ticket and $1,250 for a table of 10. After the limited supply is sold, individual tickets are $150 per person and tables of 10 are $1,500. To attend the Gala, please visit

For your convenience, you also may buy tickets or tables by mail by sending your check made payable to Freedom House at PO Box 2065, Burlingame, CA 94011.

For optimum dinner seating, please consider becoming a Gala sponsor. For information about sponsorship, contact

Volunteer opportunities are available to help plan this major event. If you would like to join the fun and become involved with the auctions, Fund-A-Need, wine raffle, sponsorship or marketing, kindly email Gala proceeds will benefit The Nest for adolescent girls, located in Santa Clara County, and The Monarch for women, based in San Mateo County.

Training Begins on Saturday, March 4

Freedom House now is accepting applications for its upcoming volunteer training sessions for those who would like to serve the organization as an Advocate or work directly with survivors as a Shelter Volunteer. Advocate Volunteers attend a one-day session to learn about human trafficking in order to educate the public about the issues and how Freedom House is addressing the needs of local survivors. To be considered for one of the limited Shelter Volunteer positions, candidates must submit a completed application and undergo a LiveScan background check. Shelter Volunteer trainees must complete the required 40-hour training course before directly working with local survivors. To receive an application to become a Freedom House volunteer, please contact 
Training dates are shown below:
Sat., March 4, 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Advocates/Shelter Volunteers
Tues., March 7, 5:50 p.m. - 9 p.m. Shelter Volunteers
Sat., March 11, 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Shelter Volunteers
Tues. March 14, 5:50 p.m. - 9 p.m. Shelter Volunteers
Sat., March 18, 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Shelter Volunteers
Tues., March 21, 5:50 p.m.- 9 p.m. Shelter Volunteers
Sat., March 25, 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Shelter Volunteers

Caroline Emberton 

A Shelter Volunteer since last fall, Caroline Emberton went to Cornell University and moved to the Bay Area after graduating a few years ago. In her free moments, she enjoys spending time with friends in San Francisco, hiking, traveling, and learning the ukulele.
During her college years, she interned at the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. It was in that role that she first met survivors of human trafficking, and their stories moved her. Once she graduated, she wanted to do something on a local level. After hearing Freedom House Founder Jaida Im's inspiring talk at her church, Reality SF, Caroline knew she had to get involved, and signed up for the Shelter Volunteer training course.
Caroline says volunteering at Freedom House is the highlight of her week. She truly enjoys spending time with the program participants and staff at The Monarch. She frequently joins the ladies at community dinner and has helped them craft résumés for job searches. Caroline is looking forward to volunteering even more, and attending the Gala in April.

Freedom House in the Community:
February 19 - Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Mountain View
February 23 - Asia Pacific Career & Networking Forum, San Francisco
February 26 - Calvary Church of San Mateo
March  1 - Delta Sigma Chapter, UC Berkeley
March  3 - BSSM and iBethel, San Francisco
March  4 - Young Women's Political Leadership Conference, San Francisco
March 22 - Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS), St. Paul's Church, Tracy
March 31 - Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara 
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 home and long-term aftercare program of its kind in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. The Nest, located in Santa Clara County, is one of the few residential treatment programs 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 exploitation and creating new futures for human-trafficking survivors. For more information about Freedom House, please visit