CycleFit Gladiator Caitlin Patrick shares her connection with the Samaritan Women, and the work she is doing to help victims of domestic human trafficking.
How did you get involved with The Samaritan Women?
Last winter, I started my volunteer work with The Samaritan Women (TSW) as an English tutor for one of the residents. I began to learn more about human trafficking in college and my first year teaching high school. I knew I needed to use my time and resources to do something about this issue. I did some online research and found TSW. The work TSW has done for the past ten years is astounding, and I wholeheartedly believe in their mission.
How does The Samaritan Women help real women and their families?
The Samaritan Women’s ministries include a restoration residence for women survivors of sex trafficking and a movement to educate the general public on human trafficking. TSW provides safety, hope, and healing.
What do you think is the most surprising statistic about human trafficking?
Human trafficking profits overall exceed $150 billion per year. This is more than Apple ($78b), the NFL ($13 billion), and Proctor and Gamble ($83 billion) combined.
Why do you participate in Dressember?
I participate in Dressember because I believe in the power of solidarity. It is an honor to be a voice for women who are trapped in slavery. In her TEDTalk, Blythe Hill, the founder of Dressember, talks about when people see a huge issue they don’t think they can do anything. I saw Dressember as a way for me to start conversations about the injustice of human trafficking and fundraise to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims. You can do anything in a dress… even a spin class at CycleFit!
Why choose CycleFit to raise awareness for this cause?
I have been a member at CycleFit for a little over a month. I went to one class to try it out and I quickly became addicted! The staff members and instructors at CycleFit are amazing, creative, and they truly care about the community, so I knew they would find a way to support TSW. I am thrilled to work with CycleFit in order to raise awareness and collect paper goods for the women of TSW.
Come support this charity with our Dress December Ride, December 15 @ 6pm. Wear a dress or tie over your cycling gear, and bring one of the following to donate to TSW’s Transitional Home:
- toilet paper
- paper towels
- gently used purse
If you would like to learn more about their work, please visit their website: www.thesamaritanwomen.org.