The Salvation Army has opened a West Side drop-in center for survivors of human trafficking.
The organization already operates a similar facility on Columbus’ East Side offering a safe space to get connected with health and social services.
Bryttani Debro of the Salvation Army works on local anti-human trafficking efforts.
“We’ve seen an influx in survivors that are in need of assistance," she says. "So that is why we have decided to have a drop in center on the West Side, to bring those services directly to them in their community.”
In addition to providing immediate help like a meal and clothing, the Salvation Army offers longer term case management, drug detox and help finding housing.
According to the Salvation Army, their East Side facility served 1,388 human trafficking survivors last year. Almost 80% of them obtained or maintained safe housing.