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On any given night in Seattle, hundreds of individuals are sold for sex. REST: Real Escape from the Sex Trade was founded in 2009 to build pathways to freedom, safety, and hope for victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade in Seattle and beyond. One way REST comes alongside sexually exploited young women is by providing restorative housing at the REST House. The REST House is where young women can begin to dream again of a new life and receive individualized and trauma-informed services including educational and vocational assistance, life skills, and counseling.

Downtown Cornerstone has chosen to partner with REST this Advent season to help outfit the REST House. The donated clothing items will help REST welcome women hoping to transition out of the sex trade into a life of freedom and restoration.

Jesus invites all who labor and are heavy laden to come to Him and promises to give us rest (Matthew 11:28). Let us give joyfully out of the rest and abundance Christ has given us to tangibly serve these young women this Advent season.

WHO

Young women (18-25 years old) in restorative housing in the REST House.

HOW

Needed items can be purchased from the Amazon Wish List. Similar items may also be purchased individually and donated through donation bins placed in the Commons. In addition to the items listed, gift cards for grocery and clothing stores such as Safeway, Target, and Ross are also needed!

WHERE

Items purchased from the list will be shipped directly to Downtown Cornerstone. If you would like to donate similar items not on the list, please place them in the donation bins in the Commons or give them to your community lead to donate.

WHEN

Through the month of December.

NEEDED ITEMS

Needed items can be found on this Amazon Wish List. Let’s pursue the REST House generously and take care of all the items on the list! For more expensive items, communities may wish to come together and pool resources – we encourage you to coordinate that effort with others in our church body.

Note:
For your convenience, you can make purchases online and have the items shipped directly to the REST House by selecting their preferred mailing address (Melody Robinson). You may also ship directly to Downtown Cornerstone by entering 2333 Western Ave Seattle, WA 98121.

If you have specific questions about the REST drive or want to get more involved, email mercy@downtowncornerstone.org. Information on this page came from the REST website and communications, click here to learn more.