Reaching out with SOAP

Left, from left (clockwise), Colleen helps label the bars of soap with Sisters Claire Sharpshair, Berenice Janszen, Ritamary Bulach, Laura Will, Jane Francis Hoffman and Joan DeChristopher; right, from left, Sisters Verlina Mescher and Rosalie Kastner. Michelle Bodine photos.

A tiny bar of soap could change someone’s life. This fall, several Precious Blood Sisters gathered to label bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888). The soap is distributed to area motels, where trafficked and other vulnerable individuals may see the phone number and be able to seek help.

Colleen Kammer — our director of peace, justice and ecology — coordinates the Sisters’ efforts with SOAP (Save our Adolescents from Prostitution), an organization founded by University of Dayton alumna Theresa Flores, herself a survivor of sex trafficking. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is operated by Polaris, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C. Funding for the hotline is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and private donors.

– Story by Mary Knapke

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