President’s Note – April 2018
Man must evolve for all human conflict, a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
And this is what CAHT is doing – evolving with heaps of compassionate love and community
outreach to our many partners involved in the fight to protect our vulnerable young women
and men from becoming victims of human trafficking whether it is sexual exploitation, labor or
servitude. We pick away at the scourge of modern day slavery and poverty that plagues our
nation and local community.
CAHT bursts with new energy! Our membership is also evolving – new members, new
committees (Healthcare and Secondary Education), a new social/fundraising event, and new
attempts for a stronger presence in our community. All positive! These activities and team
efforts contribute to one of CAHT’s purposes – building more awareness about human
trafficking and helping some of our schools implement programs that support kids-at-risk and
April 29th we launched Mending Broken Hearts, a social and fundraiser event that drew over 100
people to sample PRP International wines paired with appetizers (catered by Enterprising
Latinas new culinary class), while listen to good jazz, and bidding on fabulous silent auction
items. The Event Committee worked hard and they are delighted how successful the event
was. Special thanks to Bonnie and Bob Doll, Kathy Lippincott, Deb May and Tom Goselin, Joan
Wallace, Ann Fenimore, Matthew and Denise Merritt, and Sally Dittman – what a team! It was
refreshing to see so many of us laughing and enjoying each other’s company when reality is
that there is sad side about CAHT’s mission as human trafficking is ugly and makes all of us
shudder when we see what suffering and loss of human rights and dignity victims are exposed
(Photo – Mending Broken Hearts Event- part of room shot)
April was a whopper of a month! A quick summary: we participated in the Sun City Center
Chamber’s Spring Expo; I was one of the judges at Enterprising Latinas’ first women business
entrepreneurs graduating class (delicious and a blast); I also participated in the first Tampa Bay
Human Trafficking Leaders meeting; Joan Kramer and I joined with Alleghany Ministries and
other Wimauma community nonprofits in showing our support for the relocation of La
Esperanza free health and wellness clinic to the old Wimauma Fire Station; and a group of our
Wimauma tutors, (organized by Ann Fenimore), and I attended the graduation ceremonies for
kindergartners who participated in the PACT (Parents and Children Advanced Together) literacy
program at Wimauma Elementary school.
In April we received funding on our first grant attempt from the Interfaith Social Action Council,
thanks to Barbara Gaines. And a wonderful donation from United Methodist Church as well as
other contributions from our members and supportive donors.
CAHT funded multiple nonprofits and tangible items in April. We contributed to Gannon
College’s Human Trafficking Seminar, US Institute Against Human Trafficking, Haven of Hope,
Mission Smiles (dental work for HT survivors), and delivered backpacks for boys and girls to St.
Petersburg Police Department as well as summer reading books for Wimauma PACT kids.
Money in and money out – such a good feeling!
The month of May promises to be just as busy so please check our web page – sccBlueHeart.org
– and watch for upcoming membership blasts. May’s general meeting is Monday, the 21st, and
promises to be informative as well as spiritually uplifting. Mattie Davis, Wimauma’s
own gospel singer, will kick off our meeting with her soaring voice, followed by a serious presentation from Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department Child Protection Specialized Investigative Unit. Remember, May is our last general meeting until September!
In closing, thank you for being such a vital partner in helping CAHT continue to grow in our
efforts to make a viable dent in our anti-human trafficking activities. All of us need to evolve –
it’s what keeps us alive and at peace within ourselves. It works when we do it together!
See you at our May 21st general meeting.
With gratitude and continued hope, Annie Garrison, CAHT President