FROM THE BOARD
We are filled with gratitude for your consistent and continued support of Free for Life as we have navigated an unprecedented season of transition. To live out our core value of transparency, we wanted to give you an update about the future of the organization. These conversations are not always easy, but we hope for this to be a sincere dialogue – our door is open if you would like to ask questions or need any additional clarity.
The Board of Directors has made the challenging decision to restructure the organization at the end of 2022 in support of one program: the survivor scholarship.
Why did we make this decision?
Free for Life’s team capacity is quickly decreasing – since July, we have seen the departure of the majority of staff members in pursuit of new opportunities. While our commitment to survivors and at-risk populations has never wavered, we also want to maintain the high quality of care and service the organization has always strived for. The reality is that we do not have enough remaining team members to sustain operations at this level. The three-tier model of prevention, interception, and restoration is very important to Free for Life, however, we recognize we can no longer provide this model of service at the level we have established over the past 16 years.
What does this mean for the other programs?
Our prevention and transit monitoring programs will be supported through the end of the year. We are honoring our commitments to our partners in these areas – they are truly the root of our success. We will be sharing our prevention curriculum with partners around the world who are working directly with vulnerable populations every day – they will spread this knowledge throughout their communities and the impact of the program will live on. Border & transit monitoring in India will continue through Love Justice International, who we have partnered with since 2018. They will continue to transform the reality of human trafficking in this region through their ethical interception efforts.
What will the scholarship program look like?
The scholarship program will continue under a new name, the EverWell International Scholarship. We decided to move forward with a name change, because we want to differentiate this new phase from the great history and legacy of Free for Life. The program will be led by those who developed and still manage the program – Rachel Harmon will be overseeing the transition. Her heart is to provide continued support and funding for the incredible survivors we have walked with in their education. The highest priority is that our current scholarship recipients remain eligible under the new program!
Where will my donations go?
FFLI will be using your gifts to support our existing three programs through the end of the year. All funds remaining after December will go directly to the EverWell Scholarship!
We could not be more thankful for each and every person who has been part of Free for Life International – we invite you into this next season as we continue to empower educational success and economic opportunity for survivors of human trafficking!
If you would like to discuss anything further, please contact us and we will have a team member reach out as soon as possible!