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Bidding is Open!

The Illuminating Hope Virtual Silent Auction is LIVE!!

The Silent Auction you've come to know and love is virtual! Head over to our Silent Auction platform and check out the amazing items! From incredible getaway packages, to iconic Nashville experiences, to beautiful jewelry, and gift sets to care yourself and those around you - There's something for everyone.

 

Click here to read more about the Silent Auction and see a few sneak peeks.

Click here to visit our Virtual Silent Auction.

Bidding is open NOW, and will stay open until 6:30pm CST September 15 - Right when our program begins! This gives you several days to bid on the items that have caught your eye. Don't miss your chance - Place your bid now!

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You're Invited!

Rest Stop Ministries would be honored by your presence at the 11th Annual Gala, Illuminating Hope. Join us on Friday, September 15, 2023 at Hermitage Church of the Nazarene in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

Guests will enjoy a catered dinner, an inspiring message from Survivor Guest Speaker, Cyntoia Brown-Long, and many stories from Rest Stop Ministries' 8 years of serving survivors. We are eager to shine a light on all God has done in the lives of the women we serve!

In addition to our Silent Auction, we'll have our Good Hope Farms Shop on site! Browse our Silent Auction in person before placing your bid using our virtual platform. Then, purchase your favorite handcrafted items from the Good Hope Farms Shop, our Social Enterprise dedicated to supporting survivors of trafficking both locally and globally. Every sale promotes the economic empowerment of RSM residents and helps sustain the residential restoration program of RSM.

This is going to be an evening you won't want to miss. Tickets can be purchased individually or as tables of 8. Purchase tickets here and save your seat today!

Become a Sponsor for Illuminating Hope

By becoming a Sponsor Underwriter for our Annual Gala, our largest fundraising event each year, you enable us to cover the costs of the Gala before the event so that every dollar raised that night goes directly to the provision of care for our survivors in the residential program.

 

For more information regarding Sponsor-level benefits, marketing exposure, and/or requesting an invoice, contact RSM Director of Development, Caitlin Strecker, at caitlinstrecker@reststopministries.org.

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Join Us!

You are invited to a viewing of Blind Eyes Opened: The Truth About Sex Trafficking in America at The Capitol Theatre in the historic Lebanon, TN Square on Thursday, April 27.

Blind Eyes Opened is a first-of-a-kind documentary that looks into the sex trafficking industry in the United States through a faith lens. The film exposes the darkness that fuels demand, highlights survivors' transformations, engages lawmakers, law enforcement, organizations, ministries and experts across the country committed to ending the atrocities, all while showing Christ as the hope for all involved.

 

This event falls during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and we are eager to elevate survivors' voices and engage the faith community in this issue from a Kingdom of God perspective. Guests will hear from Rest Stop Ministries' Founder and Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Rondy Smith, as she equips you with attainable action steps. You will walk away feeling confident about different ways to truly make an impact!
 

Each ticket purchase will include:
One bag of gourmet popcorn
One bottle of water or soft drink
**Additional popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available NOW - CLICK HERE to purchase yours today!

 


Come Early!

 

When our doors open at 5:00pm, we will have our Good Hope Farms Shop set up for guests to browse and shop from our collection of handcrafted goods created by survivors locally and globally - including items created and packaged by RSM Residents!

Good Hope Farms is the social enterprise of Rest Stop Ministries, supporting survivors of trafficking both locally and globally. Every sale promotes their economic empowerment and helps sustain the residential restoration program of RSM. 

Don't miss out - Grab your tickets here!

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A Look at 2022

In 2022, 13 Residents have lived at Good Hope Farms and participated in our long-term restorative residential program, receiving a comprehensive array of supportive services in order to heal from the complex trauma caused by sex trafficking. Each day a woman was in our care, she was learning healthy coping skills, shifting her perspective about her future, and experiencing Good Hope.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the many milestones and accomplishments RSM Residents experienced this year. Click here to read more.

Through the generous support of this community, we are able to keep our doors open and provide excellent care for survivors of sex trafficking while stopping cycles of oppression. The milestones, accomplishments, and wrap-around services residents receive would not be possible without you!

As you plan your year-end charitable giving, please consider partnering financially with Rest Stop Ministries. Donations can be made through our secure Kindful platform by clicking here. For larger amounts, please mail checks to the address listed below in order to save the credit card and processing fees. To receive 2022 giving credit, checks must be dated by December 31, 2022.

Rest Stop Ministries

PO Box 156
Hermitage, TN 37076

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Giving Tuesday - November 29

As this calendar year is winding down, we're remembering all that God has done at Rest Stop Ministries, and know that He is still bringing forth new life! In preparation for Giving Tuesday on November 29, we have been reflecting on Isaiah 43:19, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."

All throughout this year, we have seen God doing "new things" time and again in the lives of the residents at RSM and within this ministry. This month, we are sharing stories of some of these special moments. Follow along on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to hear stories from RSM staff and partners - We hope they are an encouragement to you!

On Giving Tuesday, we ask that you'll prayerfully give a one-time or recurring gift of $5, $50, $500, or $5000 to sustain the restorative residential program at Rest Stop Ministries, and provide the opportunity for resident survivors to experience a "new thing"!

Will you join us? GIVE HERE!

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Good Hope Farms - NOW OPEN!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of...

The Good Hope Farms ONLINE STORE!

Good Hope Farms is the social enterprise of Rest Stop Ministries, an extension of our long-term restorative residential program in which residents have the opportunity to gain dignified employment and financial independence while on their healing journey. 

Since launching our social enterprise partnership with Fried Green Tomatoes last year, we have seen many positive outcomes in the lives of residents. As Good Hope Farms expands into an online store, we're able to offer an even wider variety of opportunities for residents to learn and grow.

Our team has been busy getting this store ready for you, and we hope you enjoy it! Not only will you find items you know and love, including Fried Green Tomatoes products packaged by residents at RSM and the coziest apparel from Lady Crew, we are partnering with many anti-trafficking organizations worldwide to globally empower trafficking survivors and those in at-risk communities. We’re proud to offer the beautiful things they create and highlight the good work being done by others as passionate about freedom as we are.

When you shop at the Good Hope Farms online store, you can feel confident knowing your purchase is a partnership to Restore Survivors and Stop Oppression.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. HAPPY SHOPPING!

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10th Annual Gala: Final Report

THANK YOU for joining us in person and virtually for our 10th Annual Gala, Revival: Reprise & Reunion! We loved sharing stories of the many people God placed in our path, partnering with us in such generous ways so that we could grow to where we are today, and the testimonies of two survivors, including one of our graduates. Through their stories, it is apparent how needed long-term holistic restorative services are, as well as continued support for women who have graduated from our program.

Our Annual Gala is our largest fundraising event each year to support our general operational funds. Our goal this year was $100,000, and together, you raised $95,530.36!

We consider it our sacred privilege to continue expanding the ways we can serve survivors with excellence, and we're grateful for YOUR support so that we may keep our doors open. THANK YOU!

If you have been considering joining our community of support and would like to help us reach our goal of $100,000, click here!

Thank you to this year's Sponsors:

Platinum-Level:

Dillon Transportation LLC

Gold-Level:

Jeff & Renee Mathis

Silver-Level:

DH Management Services

HCA Healthcare/ TriStar Health

Momentum Law, PLLC

Bronze-Level:

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Southwestern Advantage

Team Tart Realtors

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Virtual Silent Auction: Open for Bidding!

The Revival 2022 Virtual Silent Auction is LIVE!!

The Silent Auction you've come to know and love is virtual! Head over to our Silent Auction platform and check out the amazing items! From getaway and staycation packages, to iconic Nashville experiences, to beautiful jewelry, and gifts that give back - There's something for everyone.

 

Click here to read more about the Silent Auction and see a few sneak peeks.

Click here to visit our Virtual Silent Auction.

Bidding is open NOW, and will stay open until 7:30pm CST September 10 - Right when our program begins! This gives you several days to bid on the items that have caught your eye. Don't miss your chance - Place your bid now!

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Save the Date

You're invited to Rest Stop Ministries' 10th Annual Gala: Revival!

 

Join us on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Springhouse Worship + Arts Center in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Through the evening, you will enjoy a variety of dinner and drink stations while browsing our signature ReStore and Silent Auction before moving into the theatre auditorium for this year's featured program. Many stories and performances will be shared, providing a deeper meaning behind this year's theme of "Revival Reprise Reunion". We are thrilled for you to join us as we celebrate all God's doing, including the future vision and exciting projects at Rest Stop Ministries!

 

Whether you've followed RSM from the beginning, or you've recently learned about the restorative work being done at Good Hope Farms, this is going to be an evening you won't want to miss!

Learn more and purchase your tickets here!

Become a Sponsorship Underwriter

Join our group of Sponsorship Underwriters for our 10th Annual Gala: Revival! By becoming a Sponsor Underwriter for our annual gala, our largest fundraising event each year, you enable us to cover the costs of the gala before the event so that every dollar raised that night goes directly to the provision of care for our survivors in the residential program.

The following Sponsor Underwriter levels are available:
Platinum - $10,000
Gold - $5,000
Silver - $2,500
Bronze - $1,000

For more information regarding Sponsor-level benefits, marketing exposure, and/or requesting an invoice, contact RSM Community Engagement Manager, Caitlin Strecker, at caitlinstrecker@reststopministries.org.

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The Big Payback 2022

Last week, Rest Stop Ministries participated in The Big Payback, a 24-hour online giving campaign to lift up nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. This was our 8th year participating in this fun and competitive event, and we continue to be astounded at God's abundant provision and the generosity of this community! 

After you helped us raise $32,217 last year, we set a goal of raising $35,000 - the cost for one woman to participate in our restorative residential program for one year. You rose to the challenge, followed along, and watched the leaderboards with us. Each gift given throughout the 24 hours contributed to our total amount raised and put us in the running for extra prizes, helping to make this another record-breaking year!!

We are so excited to share this year's Big Payback Final Report with you:

Total Amount Raised: $33,956

The Breakdown:

  • $31,706 from 219 Unique Donors 

  • $1000 - Matching funds from anonymous donors

  • $1000 - 3rd Place Grand Prize: Most Unique Donors for Medium-Size Organizations

  • $250 - 3rd Place Prize: Most Dollars Raised in Wilson County between 6pm May 4 - 12pm May 5

A few more facts we LOVE:

  • Out of the 236 participating organizations in our category, we placed 6th for Most Dollars Raised

  • Out of ALL 881 participating organizations, RSM placed:

    • 13th for Number of Unique Donors

    • 18th for Total Dollars Raised

 

Team Rest Stop, thank you for showing up, praying boldly, and giving generously. We are truly humbled and encouraged knowing that YOU are partnering with us to Restore Survivors and Stop Oppression!

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6-Year Impact Report + Vision Strategy

Rest Stop Ministries was called into being in June 2011, and we opened the doors of Tennessee's first long-term residential restoration program designed solely for adult female survivors of sex trafficking in November 2015. Since then, we have had the sacred privilege of serving 44 precious survivors at Good Hope Farms.

We are delighted to share the story of Rest Stop Ministries and Good Hope Farms with you! We invite you to read through our first-ever Impact Report filled with significant outcomes data from 6 years of serving survivors, stories of precious women who have walked through our doors, our future vision for RSM, and so much more. We hope you will rejoice with us for all God has done, and are compelled to join us on our journey!

Click here to view the 6-Year Impact Report + Vision Strategy!

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Online Sexual Exploitation Report

One of the many casualties of the global pandemic has been increased online sexual exploitation. Children and teens have been spending more time online for virtual learning due to school closures, often with little parental supervision, creating more opportunities for traffickers to connect with, manipulate, and exploit children.

For one brave young adult woman we had the sacred privilege to serve, the COVID-19 “shelter-at-home shut-down” was actually the impetus for her finally reaching out for help to escape the 8-year online entrapment she had endured. 

To read Vee’s heart-wrenching and important story and learn some eye-opening statistics about online sexual exploitation, click here

 

Restore Survivors. Stop Oppression.

We continuously receive requests for education on these issues.  We need your support to grow our efforts in prevention & awareness training so that we can stop these cycles of childhood oppression and criminal exploitation.  And we need your support to continue providing escape for those enslaved like Vee, and to offer the wrap-around services they need for healing from their trauma.

As you consider your tax-deductible charitable year-end giving, please consider a gift to Rest Stop Ministries to sustain and grow this vital work. Click here to partner with us today.

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The Next Global Pandemic

What if the next global health crisis is a mental health pandemic? It is here now, and spiking. According to Gallup Inc., anger, stress, worry and sadness have been on the rise globally for the past decade -- long before the COVID-19 pandemic -- and all reached record highs in 2020.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 41.5% of U.S. adults exhibited symptoms of anxiety or depression in early 2021. Globally, seven in 10 people report that they are struggling or suffering, according to Gallup.  100% of our Rest Stop Ministries clients struggle and suffer with mental health distress. 

People die from COVID-19 -- they also die from depression and anxiety disorders. The U.S. has seen spikes in deaths from suicide and "deaths of despair."

The antidote to despair is HOPE.  That’s why our core competency at Good Hope Farms is growing, or cultivating, hope.  Our healing program is anchored in hope.  And hope does not disappoint.  Hope restores, revives, brings life from death.  Hope Heals. 

To demonstrate our confidence in the healing power of hope, we’re excited to share some significant data from 6 years of measuring mental health outcomes with the 43 women we’ve served in our long-term residential restoration program. 

We trust these important & impressive outcomes will compel you to continue supporting our work.  We need you to help us keep our doors open so that more exploited women can grow and rise in the power of hope. 

CLICK HERE to see the full report.

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