New Dallas shelter to house domestic violence, trafficking victims

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

DALLAS -- On any given Saturday, you would find dozens of volunteers working tirelessly to fix up a certain building in Dallas.

The project has going on for more than three months, and it’s needed every bit of that time.

“This building really had been vacant for a long time,” said Mosaic Family Services Deputy Director Bill Bernstein.

News 8 cannot share exterior pictures or its location because of the kind of work that happens inside. Mosaic Family Services got word at the beginning of the year that a certain mystery group was willing to give up their building to help house domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors.

It’s a huge relief for survivors like Sarah. Her name has been altered to protect her identity. She tells News 8 it’s hard for people to understand what it means to truly feel alone and not be able to trust anyone.

“There’s a lot of hurt and pain that we go through, and we’re lost... We’re broken,” said the long-time trafficking survivor.

Sarah said she was trafficked when she was young and said the new shelter will be her therapy as she lives with women who have been in similar situations.

“They feel like they’re not alone. There are a lot of women and children going through the same situations,” said Jyoti John, a case manager.

Mosaic currently has another shelter in the Dallas area, but has seen the need for more space in recent years.

“It’s a whole new world. It’s the America that people dream of in other cultures and these people have not seen,” said Bernstein.

Mosaic hopes to serve close to 400 women and children in the new shelter each year.

Mosaic is undertaking vital renovations totaling about $50,000, including the installation of a new security system and fence. They have launched a fundraising campaign for donations to help pay for costs on their website at this link.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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