Grounds of Grace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping those impacted by trafficking throughout the United States

We provide free housing, medical assistance, trauma care, food, transportation and clothing.  

We receive referrals from rehabilitation centers, domestic violence shelters, the criminal justice system, etc.  

We are here to journey with our friends and neighbors as they seek psychological well being, spiritual healing and social integration.     

Our Mission

Our mission is to integrate and empower survivors into the community 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, SIU School of Medicine, Wells Fargo, and LensCrafters to help provide for the various needs for survivors. 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 the United States.


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 men, women and children 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.  

Grounds of Grace: overcoming human trafficking was founded in 2011 in order to meet the needs of the men, women and children in central Illinois who were victims and survivors of family human trafficking challenges. Awareness and services were non existent at the time, so I followed the Spirit’s call to do something real and formed lifelong relationships with agencies, law enforcement, the legal system, medical teams, educational and church leaders, community organizations and individuals to support personal assistance to each victim and survivor of human trafficking.
— Dana (executive director)

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.

Grounds of Grace is a blessing to my life every day. Through my commitment to change and Dana Pfeiffer’s unending support and love, I have found a new way to live. It is a process, learning to love one’s self again. This is definitely my best adventure yet! This Grounds of Grace community is a gift from God.
— Grounds of Grace client and friend