MercyStreet is a community collaboration of churches, non-profit organizations, the faith based community, and law enforcement to reach out to those on the streets of Fresno, CA. Law enforcement has identified specific areas where sex trafficking is the highest and our presence can make an impact.
Our approach? We go out in groups that split into about five or six and offer a simple pink carnation. We just start a conversation. We offer prayer, and remind women that they are not forgotten, that Jesus has a plan and a purpose for them, that He knows their name and story, and that His unchanging hand is open to them. We offer a way off the streets, practical resources to help their specific situations along with a gift including personal sundries and the national anti-trafficking hotline number.
The commitment is manageable to be a part of a MercyStreet team – it’s once a month commitment and we need Men and Women 18+ to join this outreach. Can you image a team out 52 weekends a year? We can! And we hope you will partner with us to #CreateChange!
Who should be on a MercyStreet Team?
- If you are over the age of 18
- If you are a male or a female.
What is the commitment?
- Once a month.
- One year commitment. We hope you will stay longer of course.
How can I start at MercyStreet Team?
- Try and build a team. Share this information with your pastor,
- women’s ministry, men’s ministry, college group, teacher, class mat, family and friends. 12-15 people are recommended for each group.
- Attend a MercyStreet training.
- MercyStreet trainings are generally 1.5 hours and you will hear from MadeForThem, a detective from the VICE Unit and a survivor’s story who once walked the streets.
- Sign a liability waiver and pass a background test.
- Commit to once a month, for a year.
- Can’t get a team together? Come to the next MercyStreet training
and get partnered with one!