Fort Worth Business Press stated in an article on Nov. 24th that The NET will be opening a brick and mortar retail site in Fort Worth to provide jobs and other opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking. The NET helps victims of trafficking, as well as refugees and people experiencing homelessness. The organization hosts monthly events that provide jail outreach, meals, support groups, and more for sex trafficking victims. Melissa Ice, founder and executive director unveiled the new opportunity on Nov. 15 at a gather of about 160 people at Brik Venue in Fort Worth. The purpose of this gathering was to launch the new extension of the organization, and to generate excitement for its mission. The Worthy Co. gained momentum in April, selling jewelry, T-shirts, and hand-poured candles online. Ice and her partners now have bought an old, two-story building on Magnolia Avenue and are seeking the public’s assistance to get it operational. It will need $600,000 to open by fall 2019 one block north of Magnolia Avenue in the Fairmount neighborhood. The organization has raised more than $250,000 to-date through the support of the Sapphire Foundation, the North Texas Community Foundation, TCU’s Nature of Giving class, 6th Ave Homes, Meggan and Blake Panzino and individual gifts. The Worthy Co. boutique will provide survivors of sex trafficking meaningful employment, with 100 percent of every purchase going back to them.
ABOUT THE NET
The Net was founded out of Christ Chapel Fort Worth’s college ministry in 2009 as an outreach program targeting the local refugee and homeless communities. With the encouragement and support of the Christ Chapel leadership, they gained 501(c)3 status and officially began an independent non-profit in April 2013. Their mission is to develop healthy, restorative relationships with the people who need a network of support the most. Through their three core programs, special events, and more they are able to provide 38 relationship building events every month.