Grounds of Grace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping those impacted by trafficking in central Illinois.
We provide free housing, medical assistance, trauma care, food and clothing.
We accept referrals from the FBI, the criminal justice system, rehabilitation centers, domestic violence shelters, etc.
We are here to journey with our friends and neighbors as they seek psychological well being, spiritual healing and social integration.
Our ultimate mission is to help integrate our clients into the community as self-sustaining citizens by providing intense trauma psychotherapy, medical assistance (including eye care and dental care), nutritional health plans, food services, clothing, job skills training, social skills training, spiritual guidance, friendship and mentoring, and opportunities to pursue a quality education. We work alongside community agencies such as the Salvation Army, Memorial Behavioral Health, Wells Fargo, and LensCrafters to help provide for the various needs of our clients as they arise. We provide housing, but we also meet with clients who live in homeless shelters, hospitals, or their own apartments. All of our services are completely free to those who are eligible.
Clients are eligible for the services of Grounds of Grace if they are victims (currently at risk) or survivors (previously at risk) of trafficking in central Illinois. The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. Further, sex trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102).
We are dedicated to improving the lives of our clients by journeying with them as they pursue a life that provides them a sense of autonomy, liberty, and self-fulfillment. We strive to be flexible and charitable as we help our clients navigate the difficult terrain of healing and recovery. Our wish is to have each of our clients fully integrated into society as educated, responsible, independent, and empowered citizens.
What We've Achieved
- We service an average of 20 clients per year along with their family and friends
- 10 of our clients have gone on to a higher education or achieved their GED
- We provide Parole and Probation re-entry assistance
- We have established one on one contacts, mentoring, and support groups
- We are a part of the Human Trafficking Task force, which includes working with law enforcement, medical professionals, legal advocates, victim advocates, social services and rehabilitations services to provide services to victims regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally.