I first heard of human trafficking in 2010 when a young couple visited our church to share about their involvement with girls in the sex slave trade overseas. It was that introduction that planted a seed of change urging me to not sit idly by, but to be part of the solution. From that desire to do more, Worthwhile Wear was born, and now today works internationally with like-minded organizations providing employment to survivors, operates a housing and restorative program in the US called The Well, and has launched two Worthwhile Thrift stores and The Freedom Boutique. Worthwhile Wear is a 501c3 tax exempt organization, and serves as the parent organization over these different programs and stores.
I grew up in Ukraine as a missionary kid, and learned from my parents what it meant to set personal comforts aside to better serve others. With God's guidance, I made the very difficult decision to leave my sales and marketing position at local engineering and manufacturing company in an effort to fully commit myself to this cause. I have the support and help of my wife and two children, and we’ve committed ourselves to provide for and support these women. Through our actions, we desire to show each woman in our program that they are truly worthwhile.
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