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Spotlight: Mollie’s House celebrates one-year anniversary

Feb 17, 2015 09:22PM ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine


Mollie’s House celebrates one-year anniversary

by Abigail Martin

Mollie’s House, a nonprofit organization devoted to restoring the lives of girls and young women who have been involved in sex trafficking, celebrated its one-year anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 24, with a fundraising dinner.

Torella Minor, the organization’s founder and director, said Mollie’s House fills a vital need in the community.

“There [are] a lot of resources in terms of just kind of talking with survivors, but there was no safe place for them to be put in order to come off of the street – no real trauma-focused therapy for them to have,” Minor said.

Mollie’s House provides 24-hour residential care and mental health services to girls and young women between the ages of 12-17. It also offers them a safe place to experience, in part, the childhoods denied them on the streets.

“One of the big things not just about Mollie’s House but about sex trafficking/human trafficking in general is that the girls that are victims of trafficking are deprived of their childhood,” Minor said. “And so when they come into Mollie’s House, they’re able to be kids. They are able to be silly and funny and goofy.”

Minor said every girl and young woman who has come to Mollie’s House has told her she wants to stay because she feels like she’s at home. Christian principles are central to the mission of the organization, which Minor said she felt called by God to establish.