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Phoenix Club Invests $15,000 to Double Rescue Efforts by Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

Nashville, TN, April 4, 2023 - The Phoenix Club of Nashville invested $12,500, along with an additional $2,500 from PCON member William Crenshaw, to fund the partial salary of a Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition staff member. This grant funding will allow the new staff member to double the number of interventions, or rescues, each month, lead additional support classes for human trafficking survivors, and host monthly events.

”We are deeply honored by this generous gift from the Phoenix Club of Nashville,” stated Mary Trapnell, Executive Director of NAHT. “It is especially meaningful to us that a men’s organization would choose to invest in the fight against human trafficking and to fight FOR women and girls who have been impacted by the human trafficking industry.”

NAHT started as a collective effort by a missional community of volunteers collaborating to serve the community of Murfreesboro Road, a known area for human trafficking activity. Their presence established trust in a city-wide network of victims of human trafficking. In 2019, NAHT was founded with the purpose to rescue women and children from the bondage of human trafficking and addiction through survivor-informed interventions, coupled with RESTORE, a survivor-informed curriculum and wraparound support program.

“Several Phoenicians were invited to meet the NAHT team and tour the facilities in mid-2022, and we were awoken to this alarming problem in our thriving city,” said William Crenshaw, PCON board member. We knew immediately that the Club needed to partner with and support Mary Trapnell and her amazing team to Rescue, Restore, and advocate for young middle TN girls, mothers, and affected children and families. NAHT’s vision has shown their effectiveness and ability to scale their programming and reach, and we look forward to future involvement with their missional innovations!”

The primary result of this hire is expected to result in a 100% increase in the number of 2023 rescues. NAHT also expects increased services being offered to meet more demand: 30-40 interventions monthly, increasing from 10-15 rescues monthly to 20-30 rescues monthly; lead 3-4 RESTORE classes daily, host monthly Survivor events with volunteer opportunities.

About Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition:

Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking is a Christ-centered team of intervention specialists who rescue and restore women and children from the bondage of human trafficking.

Mary Lee McKee| Grants Coordinator | | 504-206-7716

About the Phoenix Club of Nashville:

The Phoenix Club of Nashville is a 100% volunteer-led 501(c)(3) organization of young men with a dual mission of benefitting under-served youth in Middle Tennessee and developing members into leaders in their community and business.

Tim Sears | Marketing & PR| | 417-252-4215



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