United Valley recently provided a sponsorship to help O.L.I.V.E. Charitable Organization open its safe house for sex-trafficking victims in Madera County. A two-year journey, O.L.I.V.E. opened its safe house in March, with contributions from the community.
United Valley’s sponsorship included naming and furnishing one of the five rooms in the safe house. “Serenity Library” was the name selected and UV Cares, an employee directed volunteer group got to work. With the help of EMC and their EMC Awards Program, United Valley chose to allocate its award points to not only help furnish the library, but to also provide other furniture and small appliances needed, such as dressers, chairs, tables, patio furniture and small appliances. The library will be used for counseling sessions, family or social services visitations, and legal visits—all intended to support the survivors housed at the safe house.
“We were so appreciative of our partnership with EMC, providing us with a rewarding way to give back to our community,” said Rene Swan, president, United Valley Insurance Services.
Linda Wall, Sr. Marketing Consultant put her interior decorating skills to work and selected the library furnishings: a bookshelf, rug, chairs and decorations to create a bright, inviting space, which all came together beautifully.
John Molina, Member Services Specialist and Jamie Kilby, Supervisor / Sr. Marketing Consultant and Chair of UV Cares, were also on hand to help finish off the room, by placing donated toys, books, stationery and coloring books around the room. The new space will help begin the healing process and start the survivors on their journey!
The O.L.I.V.E. (Overcoming Limitations through Intervention, Value and Empowerment) Charitable Organization is a non-profit anti-human trafficking program started to help bring awareness and help eradicate human tracking in the Central Valley. John Molina, employee of United Valley shared O.L.I.V.E.’s needs to the UV Cares Team, since his wife is April Molina, president of O.L.I.V.E. To learn more about O.L.I.V.E., visit: https://olivemadera.com.