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Nonprofit aims to create group home for trafficking victims

January 9, 2019

Hoping to start the first certified group home for former victims of sex trafficking in Montana, Constance Neumann, founder and executive director of Safe Haven, has less than two months left to raise the 150,000 the first year, starting with two girls living in the home.

Bringing in more, Neumann said, would cost an additional 190,000.

First, however, Neumann said, she needs to find funding to purchase the house itself.

The buy-sell agreement between Safe Haven and the nonprofit currently occupying the home ends at the end of February, by which time, Neumann needs to raise the $435,000 to purchase the house and pay for additional closing costs and fees.

After speaking with a number of former sex-trafficking victims, she said she feels confident in the role such a home would play in changing the lives of the girls it houses.

“The goal is to assimilate them back into the culture to be productive young women that can make a difference,” she said. “They’re able to function on a daily basis where they’re not slaves.”

Now in the second week of January, designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Neumann said she’s praying for what she calls “angel donors” to make large contributions in order to bring the project to fruition.

Whether she gets the needed funds or not, she said, failure is not an option. Whatever money she raises will go toward supporting the individual homes currently relied upon to house and care for trafficking victims in Montana.

“I think it’s a unique opportunity to really transform a life that has been destroyed,” Neumann said. “Every human life counts. This is a group that needs to know they’re more than slaves, and they need freedom.”

For more information or to make a donation, visit https://safehavenmt.org/ or call 406-426-2680.

Reporter Mary Cloud Taylor can be reached at 758-4459 or mtaylor@dailyinterlake.com.

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