Residential program and safe house celebrates anniversary of providing support to human trafficking survivors

BANGOR, Maine. (WABI) - A residential program and safe house are celebrating three years of providing support and services for survivors of human trafficking.

Hope Rising held its anniversary celebration in Cascade Park in Bangor Thursday.

There were lots of activities such as a bouncy slide and sweets as well. Organizers said the day is not only to celebrate how far they have come but, to show the community a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.

Carey Nason, Director of Hope Rising, said, "We view human trafficking as an issue. It's important for everyone to come together and address this. This isn't just something for one group to take on or another group to take on but really for the entire community to be involved."

Cathy Geren, a survivor, said, "Human trafficking does happen here in Maine especially here in Northern Central Maine and just for us to celebrate all the achievements that happened in the last three years. We have so many survivors that are going to school and working and being a big part of this community in Bangor. "

Several organizations including partners for peace were on hand to provide informational brochures. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information on how to donate or to learn more about Hope Rising you can visit hoperisingmedotorg.