Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of Raise My Head Foundation is to provide women who are breaking free from sex trafficking a safe residence away from damaging influences where they can receive healing and restoration. We provide a large array of support services with the intent to give these women the opportunity for recovery, growth, and transformation.

Our Story

Here in Kansas, we draw our inspiration from the sunflower, which lifts its head each day to the warmth of the sun’s rays. For trafficked women, love is that light. It is stronger than the darkest evil. More powerful than the deepest doubt. It destroys addictions, shatters lies, heals broken hearts, and restores a woman’s voice. Love is greater.

Stories of Healing

Carol

“I began the program on August 30, 2017, and I’ve been clean and sober for eight months. Currently, I’m taking classes at a local technical college to learn medical billing and coding, and I’m maintaining a B+ average. Raise My Head Foundation provides everything I need to further my education. They take me to school, they help me get to meetings and therapies, and they’re there to support me, 24/7. The love and encouragement I’ve received here, the hope they’ve given me, has helped me to succeed where I’ve failed before.

Any woman who really wants to change her life and become more positive, to know that she’s resilient and that her mistakes were just stepping stones to get to where she is now, would want to be in a place like this. It’s a two year program, but if you’ve walked in my shoes for a while, two years is nothing. I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired—of living without any hope or any future. I took my life into my own hands, and Raise My Head Foundation opened their door.

I’ve been here seven months, and these have been the best seven months of my life.”

Kristi

“When I went to treatment in January 2017, my counselor referred me to Raise My Head Foundation. I arrived in April of 2017, and my life has changed forever. On August 5, I’ll be two years clean and sober. Through Raise My Head Foundation, I’ve taken classes to further my education, and I’m finishing my high school diploma. I’m even helping start Raise My Head Foundation’s cottage industry, and I’m happy for a chance to use my skills and the education I’ve received here.

I am a survivor of any type of abuse you could think of. I sold myself for places to live, for a shower, for money. But Raise My Head Foundation has given me my hope back. It’s given me stability and a future. I’m overwhelmed by the love I’ve received from this community of people, people who aren’t even related to me, but who love me like I’m one of their biological family members. I’m excited to give back by sharing at speaking engagements and raising awareness to help other women find their way here, too.

If you want to experience unjudgmental, unconditional love, hope, a peace within yourself, and absolute healing, Raise My Head is the place for you.”

What We Do

What

Raise My Head provides a safe, structured two-year residental program for women over the age of eighteen who are breaking free from sex trafficking. The goal of the program is for these women to receive the services necessary for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and renewal so that they are empowered to live a life of freedom and fulfillment.

How

Our program is based on a 1500-year-old Benedictine Rule of Life and modeled after our successful sister program in Nashville, Tennessee. We meet our residents’ physical needs by providing housing and food for the duration of the program, as well as medical and dental care. We help them heal from the abuses they have suffered by giving them counseling and therapy. We empower them for a bright future with our education and job training programs. And, most importantly, we show these women that they are loved and valued by restoring their identity and their voice.

All of this is done entirely through the support of our generous donors. We receive no government funding, and the women who heal here will never be charged a penny for our services.

Future Plans

Our current facilities allow us to serve up to eight women at a time, with two women per bedroom. Our short-term goals include building awareness and financial and volunteer support. Our ideal residence would have four bedrooms and four bathrooms, with a large communal living room and kitchen, on a bus route in a safe neighborhood.

In the Fall of 2018, we launched an online cottage industry selling skincare to help the women develop job skills and build their resume to gain employment after graduation. Our Advisory Board is comprised of physicians, community leaders, and accomplished corporate leaders.

No one person can do everything, but every person can do something.

Learn more about the ways you can get involved and change a woman’s life forever.

Sunflower Sisterhood Program

Through The Sunflower Sisterhood Fund, the Raise My Head Foundation will help women in the Wichita, Kansas area who have financial and material needs that are not met by traditional sources of community funding. The purpose of Sunflower Sisterhood awards is to provide “a hand up, not a hand out,” and inspire women who have been victims of domestic violence, trafficking, or other abuse or trauma to elevate themselves to a promising future by providing seed money for professional or educational ventures. Awardees will receive in-kind grants of up to $750 in value per woman.

How can I donate to Sunflower Sisterhood?

  1. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to PO Box 242, Andover KS, 67002
  2. A percentage of purchases from the Online Store also support SS Fund

Question? Contact Victoria McKinnon

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