Split the Plate is one of UUCW’s programs of outreach and generosity.  Each month we give half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community. In November the UUCW Split the Plate program supports Convergence Resource Center.

The Convergence Resource Center (CRC) is a faith-based, community service, a non-profit organization that provides support for men and women rebuilding their lives after trauma with an emphasis on formerly incarcerated women and female survivors of human trafficking.

The city of Milwaukee has been identified as a hub for human trafficking. People of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds are lured into trafficking using a variety of tactics. Many human trafficking survivors were victimized as children. These children have become adults with few options for assistance. Lacking skills and support, some of these women returned to “The Life,” participating in the sex trade to survive. Addictions, mental and physical health issues, and low or non-existent self-esteem are just some of the lasting effects that plague these underserved members of our communities. Labeled as criminals, many of them have felonies and emerge from trafficking with children.

The CRC is an active member of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee and founders of the Human and Sex Trafficking Support Initiative (HSTSI). HSTSI has a three-fold mission to provide a network of support for human trafficking survivors, to raise awareness regarding human trafficking, and to address the demand side of human trafficking. The HSTSI is building a network of support to provide services for these brave women.

Through the CRC SOLACE Program, human trafficking survivors and their families have access to a trauma recovery package that includes survivor and ally led support groups, individual psychotherapy, Heartmath biofeedback sessions, a resilience-based curriculum, individual support through a support line call center, and a family support group to help loved ones.

For more information about Convergence Resource Center see https://www.convergenceresource.org

For more information about Split the Plate, contact Sue Schalig.