News 12 at 6 o' clock/ September 24, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga.--Shelby Andrews is usually busy working at her hair salon, but lately, she's been busy with another passion. She's been volunteering with a local nonprofit called I Care, a group working to help victims of sex trafficking.
She says, "I think I was just kind of like everyone else and I had blinders on to what was happening in the area." Until a friend convinced her this was a group she should get involved with.
"What we have found over the last couple of years is that women are coming to us because there is not a place for the women involved in trafficking or the children that are involved...we already have a temporary home that is full for the women and we have a temporary home that is full for the children," she said.
Recently, they have had so many victims, they've had to turn people away from lack of space.
"We're just seeing more and more of it," she said.
That's why the group is working to build two homes to give victims a place to go for help and shelter.
"We have our plans drawn up for the house, we have many volunteers who have offered to do landscaping, grading, everything you can imagine, so what we need now more than anything else is to be able to purchase this land," she said.
The group is raising money to buy 26 acres of land where they will build the homes. Local builder, Wendell Price, volunteered to help make the need a reality.
When we asked why, he said, "I just felt like I had to help."
Price is hoping the homes will save lives, and make the Augusta community realize, this is a growing problem that needs to be addressed.
"Here in the south, the Christian Bible belt, we kind of shelter ourselves sometimes thinking that we're above all that, and I don't think we are," he said.
The group still needs $85,000 to purchase the land. They are hosting a 5K on October 26th at Blanchard Woods park in Evans.
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