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FOUNDER'S STORY

 

In 2009, Faith Huckel started reading about unusual cases within domestic violence and homeless shelters in NYC: there was a pattern of foreign women who struggled with trauma and disorientation.

Curious, Faith continued researching these cases and learned that there was a growing number of foreign-national women who were being trafficked in New York City.

These undocumented women – who could not speak English and carried large financial burdens – ended up in domestic violence or homeless shelters because existing social service programs didn’t have the clinical resources nor the cultural capacity to serve these women. Even at these shelters, women could stay up to only three months.

There was a pattern of foreign women who struggled with trauma and disorientation.

  The early team of Restore NYC

The early team of Restore NYC

Moved by these neglected women and their experiences, Faith knew that what was once a curiosity had become her calling. She quit her job and founded Restore NYC. With her background in social work, she brought together a passionate team and they began connecting with shelters and community groups to seek out victims.

As they worked with more and more women, the team realized safe housing was crucial to healing. As a result, in 2010 Restore opened the first long-term Safehome dedicated to foreign-national victims of sex trafficking in the Northeast.

With its increasing reach, Restore was soon recognized by both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and became a trusted partner of government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the New York City Criminal Court, Queens County; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York.

Restore opened the first long-term Safehome dedicated to foreign-national victims of sex trafficking in the Northeast.

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In 2017, Restore was chosen to join Robin Hood Foundation's "Grant Readiness and Insights Training" program, also known as GRIT. This capacity-building effort for New York City nonprofit executives involved workshops and individualized coaching for each organization chosen to participate. 

Today, Restore is a nationally recognized leader in identifying and helping trafficked women and is made up of a unique team of experienced counselors, social workers, researchers, and business professionals. With the blessing of our many supporters, we continue to create hope for these neglected women and set the standard of care nationwide.