I love my couch. Like, I really really love my couch. It is situated adjacent to a big window and my palm tree collection (yes, I grow palm trees indoors and yes, I live in Cleveland). Much like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, my spot on my couch is the place from all other parts of my existence emanate. It is point 0,0,0 to my life. When I come into the room my dogs move from my couch (usually) and my family stays away from it as well. It’s not a very attractive couch, stained and worn out with an old blanket covering it.
You might at this point be wondering if I may have lost it. After all, I am rambling on about my couch in a blog dedicated to anti-trafficking work and human rights. Stick with me a little while longer, it’ll make sense.
My couch is where I make all my plans, my ideas, dream my dreams. My couch is my home base for my freedom. It is where I start out and in-turn, end all of my adventures. As such, it is very valuable to my state of well being. After every research endeavor, my couch. After a press conference, my couch. After totally eff-ing up… my couch. When I’m planning something it almost always starts out on my couch. Talking to friends, my couch, family, my couch. Thinking about life, my couch. Like I said earlier, my couch is my freedom, my special place, my go-to spot.
Lots and lots of people don’t have that special place, that spot, that freedom place. I hope in time, our organization The Imagine Foundation will be able to give them that spot.
For the last year, we’ve been planning what we call The Cleveland Freedom Center. Right now it exists only on paper and in the minds of a few dedicated volunteers but someday soon it will be a reality; it has to be. The Cleveland Freedom Center will be a live-in rehabilitation center for people recovering from human trafficking. It will be a home, a place of freedom. It will be a warm comfy couch for those who have greatly wanted a safe place to base their lives. A place to plan their future, and their adventures.
This year I’m going to be writing about it a lot. We’ve been in the planning phase far too long and need to start taking action to make this a reality. We’re going to need your help to make it happen.
So here’s the deal: Freedom is our natural state but unfortunately it has been taken away from many people. We want you to help us to build a place where people can reclaim their freedom, and plan their adventures.
Are you in?