On October 21st,2017 Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan helped a nonprofit organization that provides a sanctuary for women survivors of human trafficking called Sanctum House. Together, there was a total overhaul of the new facility that offers a much needed safe space in the world.
Sanctum House was founded in 2017 to empower survivors of human trafficking with life skills to achieve a sustainable and independent lifestyle. Their founder Edee Franklin and Board member Christina Alvaro met with Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan Board and staff to ask if we could assist them in preparing their new building to open as a safehouse.
They acquired a property that was the perfect space for the perfect price but needed some renovations including painting, replacing fixtures, replacing flooring, and caulking bathtubs. Rebuilding Together and Sanctum House volunteers met together to assist with these repairs.
They painted the living room, dining room, foyer and five room as well as completing plumbing repairs, replacing light fixtures and replaced flooring. Due to the size of the building, Rebuilding Together only assisted with the repairs on the first floor and Sanctum House volunteers completed the rest of the repairs on the second floor and basement.
Sanctum House has officially opened this facility to provide women in need with the services they need to move towards a life of transformation in body, mind and spirit. The program consists of several components and phases to achieve fulfillment in all areas of the resident’s life. Thank you to all of the volunteers that assisted with repairs at Sanctum House!