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OneVoiceHome

OUR MISSION: OneVoiceHome provides a safe home for restoration and new beginnings for sexually exploited girls.

OUR VISION: OneVoiceHome girls choose to transform their lives and reach their full potential.

Faced with the knowledge there are girls and young women here in our community who are victims of sex trafficking and are not receiving long-term victim care, OneVoiceHome desires to take the lead in providing these services through a safe home of healing and restoration.

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Every
30
someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery.
break the silence

Fighting to make a difference, community leaders Peggy Galanos, Kim Stark, Gloria Toti, Laura Pratt, and Terisa Clark founded the nonprofit organization called OneVoiceHome. This nonprofit organization is a key piece in a collaborative effort to combat the sex trafficking of our girls in Lubbock and the surrounding areas.

Our purpose is to provide a safe home for girls primarily 11-17 years old who are victims of sex trafficking.  OneVoiceHome is designed to be a faith-based, state-licensed, therapeutic home for these victims and will include safe living quarters, an equine facility, and a multipurpose building for educational, medical, and recreational needs. OneVoiceHome will allow victimized girls to experience a new beginning using an overall holistic approach.

Please join us in the fight against the sexual exploitation of young girls! All donations will provide the necessary resources to meet each girls’ needs and will lay the foundation for her to achieve a positive future.

MEET OUR TEAM

Terisa Clark, CPA

President, Board Member

Terisa is graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Economics. She also has earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of New Mexico. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. She is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Church. Before moving to Lubbock, she was an Audit Manager specializing in nonprofits at Meyners & Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has a passion to educate, resource, and encourage organizations toward financial success so that they can fulfill their missions! She currently exercises that passion through her work with Heartline, Trinity Christian School Foundation, and OneVoiceHome. She is married to Josh, and they have two daughters.

Phone: 806-429-2192
Email: onevoicehome@gmail.com

Gloria Toti

President-Elect, Board Member

Gloria holds an Associate Degree from Victory Bible College. For over 25 years, she has actively served in ministry alongside her husband. In 2001, Carl and Gloria relocated to Texas to serve a new church family. Gloria serves as the Director of the Women and hosts several citywide community events. She is the Founder of Running2Rescue, OneVoiceHome’s annual fundraiser to generate awareness and unite a community to fight against human trafficking. In seven years, the event has grown in attendance to over 1000 members, and it gathers leaders and sponsors from the community of Lubbock and beyond. She also serves on the Executive team of The Women’s Center at Heartline and offers vision for programming that reaches the community at large. Strategic outreach programs are currently being created in order to reach the female students on the Texas Tech campus. It is her passion to see young women realize how powerful their voice is in society. She is the mother of two sons, Nathan and Jonathan.

Phone: 806-429-2192
Email: onevoicehome@gmail.com

Peggy Galanos

Secretary/Treasurer, Board Member

Peggy is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a BBA in Accounting. After graduation, Peggy worked for ARCO Oil and Gas as a Staff Accountant; then in 1994 Peggy and her husband, Gary, opened Fastpay Payroll Services. Fastpay provides payroll checks and federal and state returns for over 850 clients around the U.S., and Peggy has served as president for over 20 years. Peggy and Gary have 2 children and 6 grandchildren, and have lived in Lubbock for 38 years. Peggy has served on the board of IPPA(Independent Payroll Providers Association). Peggy has also has served on two mission boards: Asian Partners and WorldConnex (Baptist General Convention of Texas). Peggy’s heart for missions led her to serve as chairmen of the missions committee at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church as well. Peggy met her first trafficking victim in 2011 and was surprised that the victim was not from overseas, but was a 12-year-old girl being sold by her aunt in the U.S. for $20. This was a defining moment for Peggy, and since that time, she has attended multiple trainings and has spent many hours working with girls who are involved in trafficking or are at risk. Peggy served on the Community Assessment Committee on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Peggy has led empowerment classes at the Lubbock County Detention Center and at a Residential Home for minors. She has been trained as an advocate for Voice of Hope: Rape Crisis Center. She is currently a member of Isaiah 58 Ministries and Experience Life Church.

Phone: 806-429-2192
Email: onevoicehome@gmail.com

Kristin Murray

Board Member

Kristin Murray is Director of Human Resources for Arbor Hotels in Lubbock. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership, sales, marketing and accounting roles, especially within the hospitality industry, Murray has experience managing and growing some of the largest hotels in Lubbock. An honors graduate of Artesia High School in Artesia, N.M., Murray moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University. After graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Management, Murray decided to stay in Lubbock. In 2005, she earned the highest certification in the hospitality industry, the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), from the American Hotel & Lodging Institute. Murray was named one of Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s Top 20 under 40 working professionals in 2016. She began volunteering with Voice of Hope: Rape Crisis Center in 2003, advocating for victims and answering the hotline. Murray was asked to serve on the Voice of Hope Board of Directors in 2006. Since that time, she has held the positions of secretary, vice president, and now serves as the board president. She joined the Board of Directors for OneVoiceHome in 2017. Murray has been married to her husband William, a military veteran and distinguished Lubbock volunteer, since 2004, and they have a son, James.

Phone: 806-429-2192
Email: onevoicehome@gmail.com

Laura Pratt, E.S.Q.

Executive Director

Laura is a magna cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. Before practicing law, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, with a minor in Business Management from the University of Arkansas. She was previously employed as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Lubbock and as an Adjunct Professor for the Texas Tech University School of Law. She has worked on several state-wide projects addressing the human trafficking issue and has served on the Community Assessment Committee on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking for the West Texas region for several years. She is a Texas Bar Foundation fellow and a member of the Texas Bar College. She is married to math teacher-extraordinaire Joshua, and they have two sons and one daughter.

Phone: 806-429-2192
Email: onevoicehome@gmail.com

AT A GLANCE

How did OneVoiceHome begin?

In 2011 Voice of Hope (Lubbock Rape Crisis Center) and Forensic Nurse Staffing of West Texas noticed an increase in the number of children presenting in the emergency room with “red flags” of having been sex trafficked. In that same year, 53% of Voice of Hope’s sexual assault cases involved children under the age of 17 years. With the help of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and Forensic Nurse Staffing of West Texas, Voice of Hope spearheaded a local task force to assess Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in Lubbock and the surrounding rural communities. Because sex trafficking has become such a problem in the United States, this task force was comprised of representatives from several offices, agencies, and associations throughout the Lubbock community to help combat this ongoing issue.

The task force met monthly to discuss the issue of human trafficking, and eventually, a decision was made to conduct a community needs assessment to garner information from the local community about their knowledge of DMST and explore the various needs that this issue presents for our area. The Community Needs Assessment confirmed the documented statistics and reflected 73% of those who responded to the survey were seeing signs of sex trafficking.  The survey also revealed a gap in services for victims of DMST here in West Texas. There was no place to offer long-term residential services to the girls apart from the juvenile justice system.

Fighting to make a difference, community leaders Peggy Galanos, Kim Stark, Gloria Toti, Laura Pratt, and Terisa Clark founded the nonprofit organization called OneVoiceHome. This nonprofit organization is a key piece in a collaborative effort to combat DMST in Lubbock and the surrounding areas. We are committed to offering victims of domestic sex trafficking a safe home for restoration and the opportunity for a new beginning.

Faced with the knowledge there are girls and young women here in our community, who are victims of sex trafficking within our region and are not receiving long-term victim care, OneVoiceHome desires to take the lead in providing these services through a home of healing and restoration for them. OneVoiceHome is designed to be a faith-based, state-licensed, therapeutic home for sexually exploited girls, providing long term care and holistic case management and programming. Our hope is to develop a full campus for meeting the needs of these girls, allowing them to transition through different phases, bringing them from a place of initial rescue into a place of refuge, resiliency, recovery, and ultimately, complete restoration.

What does OneVoiceHome's mission mean to the Lubbock community?

With over 79,000 child victims in Texas being sex trafficking at any given time, the need for this home is so great! Upon surveying several facilities around Texas able to house human trafficking victims, OneVoiceHome learned many of them operate with a near-constant wait list for minor victims of sex trafficking needing residential placement, so the need for this specific type of facility is great. Additionally, Lubbock, Amarillo, and the Midland/Odessa area are seeing an increase in the number of victims of domestic sex trafficking, and it is imperative we move quickly to address this gap in services evident in Lubbock, the surrounding rural communities, and the entire West Texas region.

What message would OneVoiceHome pass along about its mission?

OneVoiceHome was founded by several women in our community from different professions, different churches, and different places in life, but regardless of our differences, we all had a heart to be a voice for these children. Throughout history wrongs are made right when One Voice is willing to stand up and speak out, to unite with other voices and make a difference. We truly believe that the mission of OneVoiceHome is not just the mission of our founding board members, but it is the mission of this entire community. We are not all called to do the same thing in this fight against the sexual exploitation of children, but we are all called to do something!

How does OneVoiceHome define ``Success?``

Through its programming, OneVoiceHome will create opportunities for new beginnings, so ultimately, our success will be measured through changed lives. Rescuing and restoring these victims is challenging work, but the affects of their changed lives can be far-reaching. We want to create an environment that allows victims to transform into survivors and overcomers, thus inspiring further awareness and action in others around them. Because victims of human trafficking often become traffickers if they remain in the industry for an extended time, providing a complete rescue from their situation breaks the cycle of human trafficking, saving countless victims from recruitment and exploitation. Providing a place for complete healing and restoration ensures women do not return to exploitation and are equipped to make a positive difference in society. Additionally, rescuing victims can aid in prosecution and result in more convictions, effectively preventing the convicted trafficker from exploiting others in the future.

Why is it important to give back to the community?

With millions of people in bondage worldwide, it is so easy to lose sight of the children that need our help, that need freedom, that need rescuing in our community. These are OUR girls, OUR daughters, OUR sisters! If we don’t speak for them, if we don’t care for them, if we don’t rescue them, who will? The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil in this world is for good men and women to do nothing to stop it.

Every child in our community deserves the chance to experience the love, support, and opportunities we sometimes take for granted. As someone who has experienced such things in excess, I must give back.

Our Hope!

William Wilberforce was an abolitionist from the turn of the 18th century. For most of his adult life, he fought to end the British slave trade. In one of his many speeches to Parliament about the issue of slavery, he said, “Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.”

Our hope is that as more people know about human trafficking in our community, more people respond as one voice against it. I hope that one day our community will become a nationwide example for eliminating the buying and selling of human beings and for being a safe refuge for survivors and overcomers of human trafficking.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
BY THE NUMBERS

Estimated
20
Million victims of human trafficking worldwide (International Labour Organization)
Roughly,
4
Million of those victims are in forced sexual exploitation (International Labour Organization)
In all
50
States, Human trafficking has been reported repeatedly (Polaris Project).
Generates
150
Billion in illegal profits per year (International Labour Organization)
As many as
2
Million children run away each year in the US, and within 48 hours, a third of these children are lured by a trafficker into prostitution and pornography. (NCMEC)
In 2016
1
out of 6 of the 18,500 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely sex trafficking victims. (NCMEC)

FUTURE CAMPUS

The 151-acre facility is perfectly situated at a confidential location to provide long-term safety to residents and staff. The property boasts over 20 buildings, including a covered pool, an activity center, an administrative headquarters, a chapel, an education center, and fire station. Once fully developed, the campus has the capacity to house over 50 victims and employ similar numbers in on-site staff. There is even surplus acreage included in the purchase to accommodate horses, other animals, or gardening, which can all be used in experiential therapy.

The 151-acre facility is perfectly situated at a confidential location to provide long-term safety to residents and staff. The property boasts over 20 buildings, including a covered pool, an activity center, an administrative headquarters, a chapel, an education center, and fire station. Once fully developed, the campus has the capacity to house over 50 victims and employ similar numbers in on-site staff. There is even surplus acreage included in the purchase to accommodate horses, other animals, or gardening, which can all be used in experiential therapy.

  • Dormitories (100 Bedrooms)
  • Staff Housing
  • Large Commercial Kitchen
  • Tennis Court
  • Outdoor Play Equipment
  • School
  • Medical Clinic
  • Maintenance Shop
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Gym
  • Basketball Court
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Barn
  • Fire Station and Fire Truck
  • Duck Pond

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