Mississippi is the home of our Founder/CEO, Jenny Williamson. It has been her dream for many years to bring a Courage House there.
In 2015, the Governor of Mississippi announced the formation of his task force on Human Trafficking. Jenny immediately flew home and Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi co-hosted a Not in My City/Not in My State event where hundreds came to hear her dream and vision. A panel of experts from Mississippi also participated in the event, providing information with regard to child sex trafficking in the state. All testified to the problem and the fact that there are limited services and no specific homes operating to meet the unique needs of these vulnerable children.
Expert panel at #NotInMyCity
After personally meeting with the Governor and First Lady of Mississippi, Courage Worldwide Founder/CEO announced papers had been filed with the Secretary of State there to establish Courage Worldwide as a Mississippi 501c3 organization. Subsequently, in 2015, Courage Worldwide began scheduling organizational orientations and Certified Trauma Training to prepare an army of volunteers, ambassadors and staff to serve this population. Efforts are also underway to build strategic partnerships and assemble a Mississippi Advisory Board.
Currently, Courage Worldwide is working through the state licensing process through Mississippi Health Human Services and the Department of Mental Health. In addition, Courage Worldwide has partnered with Sunnybrook Children’s Home with regard to leasing a home and property they own in a rural, safe location – the view from the front porch shown here. This partnership and collaboration saves the organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars and allows us to bring children home much faster.
Possible location for Courage House Mississippi
Fundraising efforts are underway in Mississippi to meet the state requirements of having fifty percent of the operating budget of the home on deposit. To date offices have not been opened in Mississippi, nor a staff hired, as our desire is to keep administrative and overhead costs low. Our business model is to educate the community, utilizing a volunteer army to build relationships and fundraise until we obtain a license and a location to bring children home. We have the home now we are praying for the funding.