2017 was a year blessed by God and you.
You literally came to the rescue of people you have never met. You selflessly stepped out and became their hero… the difference between life and death for many of them and an answer to many desperate prayers. They may never have the privilege of knowing you, but we do, and we THANK YOU for being that life-giving answer for them. Below is a list of what you helped make possible this past year…
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017
We served 237,777 people and distributed over 1.68 million pounds of food!
Nutritional Feeding Programs
• Served 133,402 people, including 20,817 severely malnourished children, a total of 8,004,120 supplementary meals (1,571,808 pounds)
• Treated 29,159 patients
• Through Hand of Hope Medical Mission Trip, an additional 3,306 patients were treated
Child Sponsorship Programs
• Sponsored 105 children with food, clothing, school supplies, and other essentials (all children were from the community, Children’s Home, and your Safe Homes)
• Provided a loving home for 30 young girls left orphaned in the streets
Refuge Home (for Sex Trafficking Victims)
• Served 30 girls and their 13 children through the Refuge Homes; with an additional 30 girls that have graduated and moved to Phase 2 of independent living
Mercy Chapel (Vocational Training Center)
• Provided training for six individual vocational training programs; computer science, sewing, hair-dressing, silk-screen printing, weaving, and leather crafts
• 98 girls were enrolled in the Vocational Training program with 90 graduating (92% completion/graduation rate) and moved on to a brighter future
• Completed 12 water wells in remote areas of East Africa; providing thousands with clean water for the first time
• Provided a school for 4,025 children through the Speed School Program
Refuge Home (for Sex Trafficking Victims)
• Provided services for 39 young women and girls, including 16 minors
• Served young women whose ages ranged from 14 to 46
• Provided them with a home for an average stay of six months
Wings Love & Care Center
• Provided 14,239 people (4,788 families) with 71,272 pounds of food through your Food Distribution Program
• Provided coats for 350 children and adults this past winter
• 113 children received Christmas gifts and groceries
• Provided 201 families with Thanksgiving groceries and 162 families with Christmas groceries
• You hosted 44 weeks of After School Program each Thursday during the school year and 10 weeks of VBS Program through the summer
• Our dedicated volunteers are a tremendous support. Their hard work and time in the office and during special events are why Crisis Aid is able to do what we do with your gifts. In 2017 we were blessed to have 370 volunteers / 7,632 hours
A Celebration of Restoration and Hope
When we first met Kacee, the Red Light District was her home. She was broken and afraid, distrusting everyone, especially men. Her journey toward restoration was a rocky one, but through your committed partnership, she graduated from Mercy Chapel Vocational Training Center, became a teacher to those still trapped, and is now an active leader in the Crisis Aid Global Safe Campaign.
However, Kacee’s story does not end here. In February 2017, she walked down the aisle to the love of her life with Pat and Sue Bradley by her side as her honorary parents. Now, that is a success story!
Thank you for your continued support.
There is still so much more to do.
If you have not given before we invite to join us as a group of people who refuse to do nothing. It is your giving that “saves lives, saves souls and changes futures.”
God Bless You,
Pat & Sue Bradley
2017 Board of Directors
Patrick Bradley, Chairman
President & CEO, Crisis Aid International
Susan Bradley, Vice President,
CFO, Crisis Aid International
Dane Welch D.D.S., Board Vice President
Dentist, private practice
Mike Lemp, Secretary
Executive Pastor, Life Church
Jerry Fitzgerald, Treasurer
Advertising Executive, self-employed
Chris Igo, Director
Engineer, Kimley-Horn & Associates
Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905
Wings 2017 – YEAR END REPORT
Wings / Love & Care is blessed with incredible volunteers and a small group of donors. It is important you know YOU ARE VITAL to this ministry. Because of you, 14,239 people were served in 2017. Thank you for showing love and care to families and children in St. Louis.
Your Food Distribution Program served 14,239 people in 2017. More than 71,272 pounds of food filled the cupboards and fridges of families in need. We were blessed to continue providing meat on a regular basis as well as fresh vegetables, fruit, canned goods, dry goods and desserts as available. Your giving made this possible! Our faithful volunteers continued to package the food each week and keep the Center clean and organized.
We are thankful to be able to continue the weekly After School Program and also offer Summer VBS to the children in the community. These programs have helped us build relationships with the children and families and provided a safe place for the children to come work on homework, learn about Jesus, receive a meal and benefit from many recreational activities. We continue to partner with Confluence Academy through distribution events to children in the school. We partnered with backpack distribution and a wonderful Christmas party.
In addition, the children who attend the Wings After School Program also benefited from these outreaches and also received backpacks and Christmas presents.
We hosted the annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution and Christmas Food Distribution as well, providing families the opportunity to prepare and enjoy holiday meals at home.
In total, you provided the following services in 2017:
197 Children received Backpacks & School Supplies
150 Children received Coats and dozens Hats & Gloves
200 Adults received Coats
201 Families received Thanksgiving Groceries
113 Children received 4-5 Christmas Gifts
162 Families received Christmas Groceries
10 Weeks of Vacation Bible School /Special Outings
44 Weeks of After School Program with special activities for all Holidays
14,239 People (4,788 Families) received 71,272 pounds of food from weekly Food Distributions
Your gifts and faithful partnership provided services to the children, and individuals, families, churches, and businesses expanded our capacity to do more in 2017 than ever.
Christmas party note from Stephanie Glore, Crisis Aid Staff member:
“Yesterday God did a work in my heart like only He can do.
Seeing 38 families blessed with a Christmas is a joy I can’t describe. Hearing their stories and hearing how they would not be having a Christmas if it wasn’t for yesterday is beyond humbling. (Because) it reminds me to be thankful for what my family does have, and it’s humbling knowing God chose each one of us to be their help in this season.
I watched sponsors provide toys for kids, clothes, and shoes for kids and their parents, electronics and small appliances parents cannot afford, basic house cleaning supplies and toilet paper, gift cards for Christmas dinner groceries, and even a bed provided for a mom and dad that sleep on the couch and floor. The generosity and care that was poured on to these families were incredible and so touching.
What a reminder….As Pat (Crisis Aid International Founder) told each person yesterday in tears…how much God loves each of us. How much HE sees each of us. How much HE cares about exactly where we are right this second. What a day what a word straight to my heart. Serving other brings more joy and fulfillment than any other thing.”
It was a beautiful event. The families were so touched by the generosity of the donors. 38 families received Christmas and they were truly grateful for all they received. The families truly had no way to provide Christmas for their family. There were 113 children and 53 adults that were provided Christmas in 2017.
THANK YOU for restoring dignity, providing encouragement, meeting basic needs and providing many blessings to families in south St. Louis with great love and care.
We hope you will continue walking with us in 2018 to provide services with dignity through donations, volunteer service, and gift-in-kind donations. God bless you!
By His grace,
Sue & Pat Bradley & Team
To learn more, visit: www.crisisaid.org/wings/
A model was used for the pictures so we can protect the identity and dignity of the survivors we serve.
You can help make her SOMEDAY start today.
There are more than 244,000 American children at risk of being trafficked each year1. These are not children in a far off land, but children from our own backyard.
In 2016 alone, the FBI and their affiliates reported arresting nearly 2,600 traffickers and rescuing approximately 6,000 children2; and these are just the ones we know about. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands — including both adults and minors victimized by trafficking3.
Our Refuge home in the U.S. has had the unique privilege of serving over 155 of these girls caught in the horrors of trafficking. Some are children and some are adults that have been trafficked for many years.
KATLYN’S STORY: At a very early age, Katlyn had already lived a life filled with more horror and tragedy than most of us could ever imagine. When she was very young, a neighborhood boy began using her and “giving” her to his friends. She had become property that he sold for drugs and money.
Katlyn was a runaway and, at the age of 16, came to our Refuge home in early spring. Through our Home’s programs, love, patience, and perseverance, we began seeing Katlyn transform before our very eyes. Now, 17 years old, she is attending high school again and has a 3.3 GPA. For the first time since Katlyn can remember, she is happy.
“I never realized how much I was worth until now. This place has given me hope again.”
Many others at our Refuge home have said that without our loving care they don’t know what would have happened to them.
The Fight Against The Evil Of Sex Trafficking Is Far From Over.
There are so many girls just like Katlyn still waiting for someone to help them. We have the space to double the number of girls we currently serve, but our financial resources limit us. Please consider being a part of their rescue. Your donation is life-changing!
Thank you for all you do. We are so blessed to have you as part of this journey and we know we cannot do this without your support.
God Bless You, Pat and Sue Bradley
Refurbishing a Bedroom – $1,400 (Individual prices are available)
Curtains | Mirror | Dresser | Bed | Closet | Stand | Mattress | Linens | Etc.
Refurbishing the Minor’s Wing – $15,000 (Individual prices are available)
Cabinets | Curtains | Table | Chairs | Sofa | Desks | Molding | Décor | Etc.
Increasing the beds from 8 to 20 – $500,000 Based on a 22 room capacity.
One room is approximately $23,000 a year or $2,000 a month.
Ongoing Needs – $25-$75
Art Supplies | Toiletries | Clothing | Accessories | School Supplies | Kitchen Appliances Equine Therapy | Outing Expenses
Increased bed pricing includes ALL services & support provided (i.e.: medical-dental-psychological-health clothing- school-staff-insurance-etc).
Ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures’ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905
No Family Gathering • No gifts • No Festive Decorations • No Joy • No Christmas Dinner • No Hope • NO TIME TO SPARE
Our mission at Crisis Aid is to help the helpless. This Christmas Season our primary goal is to rescue as many children as possible who are at risk of starving to death. Their situation is dire, but with God’s help, together we have the ability to save lives, save souls and change futures through the power of love. Through your prayers and support, we can overcome the ravages of starvation and make an eternal difference in the lives of these precious children. Please join us in bringing comfort and joy to these unfortunate lives with a donation of any amount. Giving generously enables us to realize a greater outcome of our mission.
Crisis Aid – Programs & Services
Nutritional Feeding Program – We are fighting the severe malnutrition which causes families to lose multiple children.
Mercy Chapel – We teach girls trapped in the Red Light District new skills to start new jobs.
Refuge Homes – Girls rescued from the horrors of trafficking receive the best services for healing possible and all homes are currently full.
Water Wells – Twelve new water wells were completed this year, providing clean water for thousands.
Children’s Home for Girls – Our girls, once orphaned, are now living in a loving home and growing fast.
As the year draws to an end, we cannot express enough, our gratitude for the part you play on our Crisis Aid team. The lives you have saved, the souls you have helped, are forever changed. Hope has been given that transcends language and distance, all because you cared. But the harsh reality of children suffering is still present. And there are ever so many waiting to be served. This is their Christmas. Please don’t forget them. Stay ever vigilant and committed to being a part of the reason for the season. These children need your help more than ever. Give them a chance to be with us to enjoy a Christmas next year. Thank you for being the answer to their prayers!
God Bless you,
Pat & Sue Bradley
Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network,DONATE Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905
She did not know where she came from or how she ended up on the streets. She didn’t even know her name. We found this lost little 4-year-old girl wandering the streets, terrified. She was barely surviving, hopeless and her future was bleak.
It all changed when we brought her to your Children’s Home for orphaned girls. Since she had no name, we decided to name her Bereket, which means “blessing”. We later learned that Bereket had lost both parents to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, we were told she had no relatives which could be found.
Your children’s home in East Africa provides everything Bereket will need to develop into a responsible adult and live the life God intended her to have.
Bereket now has 29 other “sisters” in her home, and they have become one large family! YOU made this possible for all 30 girls in the Children’s Home.
Healthy and happy, she is now a 12-year-old, full of life and dreams. Bereket loves to read, especially Biblical storybooks. She also loves to sing, dance and create dramas!
Bereket dreams of one day being a teacher so that she can help children like herself learn to read and write, as her teachers and supporters are helping her. With your continuing prayers and support, Bereket and her sisters can realize all they dream of becoming.
Imagine what it would be like to be a lost child. You have no family and are living on the streets. You are utterly hopeless and terrified. Your only thought is to survive to the next day or even the next hour. There is nowhere to turn for help.
And then someone comes along and rescues you and brings you to a place that becomes your home. How would you feel towards the person who made this happen? To Bereket and her sisters, that person is you. You are their hero, their rescuer!
Without you, this Children’s Home, and all that it provides would not be possible. Your prayers and support give the hopeless, like Bereket, the promise of a joyful future. You give them the hope and help they so desperately need.
Thank you for your faithfulness!
Please make a donation today. You will give a child a new life, rescuing her from starvation, sexual slavery and dying from easily preventable causes.
Program Updates – 2002 through Oct 2, 2017
2,154,239 Total people served
862 Sex Trafficking Victims helped
410,970 Medical Care Provided
72,160,699 Meals Distributed
34 Water Wells Drilled
30 Orphans in Children’s Home
You are helping the helpless by saving lives, saving souls and changing futures.
Mercy Chapel – We teach new skills and provide funds for materials to start jobs.
Refuge Homes – Girls continue to receive the best services for healing possible and all homes are currently full.
Nutritional Feeding Program – We are fighting the severe malnutrition that causes families to lose multiple children.
Evangelists – Home-to-home visit to aid in identifying and helping those most in need. We are especially grateful to our partners at Hand of Hope.
Water Wells – Four new water wells were completed this year. We are currently digging eight more wells.
Children’s Home for Girls – Our girls, from kindergarten through college, are eager to learn and are growing fast.
*Stats valid as of October, 2017