O’Connor Institute SAFE Action Project Honors Well-Founded Hope

The O’Connor Institute SAFE Action Project recognized Well-founded Hope along with other local organizations in Arizona who work in assisting human trafficking victims.  We are very humbled and honored.

SandraDay O'Connor Institute Award

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Our Mission

Well-founded Hope (WFH), a 501 (c) (3) Arizona nonprofit organization’s charge is to help in the life restoration of traumatized young women who have been sex trafficked. Currently, there are only a handful of facilities in the United States assisting these women in their difficult transition from their former place of slavery to freedom and wellness. Well-founded Hope’s purpose is to come along side these victims/survivors to establish trusting relationships which will enable us to assist in the creation of their new lives free from bondage.

Sex Trafficking Prevention book written by our own Savannah Sanders available now!

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Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Trauma informed approach for parents and professionals

This book lays out what makes young people vulnerable to trafficking, exploring the real root of the problem and the numerous effects of abuse; outlines steps parents and others can take to mitigate those risk factors; and describes ways to help victims find healing.

Drawing from her own experience being trafficked plus her insights gained from years of advocacy and anti-trafficking work, the author speaks directly not only of the realities of trafficking that occurs in our own communities but also the solutions that we can all be a part of. She talks of everyday things we can do to intervene—not “rescue”—youth in troubled lives and homes.

The book also lists hidden signs of trouble and offers parents and professionals practical tools and knowledge to intervene and make a positive difference in young people’s lives.

LaVerne Thorpe


Addressing International Disciples Women Quadrennial conference in Atlanta on domestic minor sex trafficking.

Drop-In Center Now Open

Drop-In Center Opens

Well-founded Hope in partnership with the First Christian Church of Mesa is open the 1st Saturday of each month for women who are currently in the “life,” in need of a place of refuge.  We provide breakfast and shelves of personal hygiene items from which they may choose to take home.  Our wonderfully committed volunteers provide welcoming smiles and teach clients how to make beaded bracelets.  If you would like further information on how you can help, please contact us via email or phone.

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