The Porch Light began with a single text. The leader of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) texted the President of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) asking for help in meeting the desperate need for safe homes for child victims of domestic sex trafficking. With a severe shortage of resources and placements, the state needed an organization to care and provide for these innocent girls.
…shelter, unconditional love and a safe place to begin a new life…
FBCH said yes! The Porch Light was founded. This delicate and crucial care would not be easy, but it would be worth it! Property was purchased in an undisclosed location where victims could find shelter, unconditional love and a safe place to begin a new life.
Now, lives are changing because of The Porch Light. Girls stay in the safe home for 9-12 months, depending on individual and specific needs. The safe home is at an undisclosed location for the protection and security of the victims and is staffed by a director, mental health counselor and female caregivers. Each girl has her own bedroom and bathroom within a residential suite.
In addition to providing necessary care to victims, The Porch Light also includes sex trafficking prevention and advocacy efforts. The Porch Light representatives partner with law enforcement to educate in schools, churches and community groups to prevent more girls from becoming victims of the growing sex trade.