Welcome to the Rising Hope Foundation. Thank you for taking the time and making the decision to get involved in the fight against Human Trafficking. Any amount of support for Rising Hope helps us to bring restoration to the lives of Human Trafficking Victims in the United States. I began to realize the magnitude of this atrocity twenty years ago in the trucking industry. Traveling the country and seeing young girls on a regular basis being driven into truck stops and forced to go around and knock on driver’s doors was a real awakening for me. It occurred to me that what I was witnessing was “modern day slavery.” Many of these girls were 12 to 13 years of age or less. It broke my heart. It also stirred in me to do something to help and I knew that eventually I would want to do all I could to make a difference in rescuing these young girls. After several years of driving truck I made a career change to fulfill a dream and became a Concert Promoter for Christian Artists. While working as a Concert Promoter my passion to help bring awareness and help to victims of human trafficking never diminished. In January 2013 my wife Vicki and I began the process of setting up a non-profit organization, The Rising Hope Foundation for restoration and healing of victims of human trafficking. With prayers and support of friends and contributors we can make a real difference in the lives of young women enslaved by human trafficking. Rising Hope’s goal is to build the first FREEDOM RANCH in Brainerd MN. This Freedom Ranch will be a safe home where these young girls rescued from the abuses of human trafficking can begin the healing process with the help of trained counselors, educators, and health care professionals. Our board of directors is also from the land of 10,000 lakes. One by one we can work together to bring hope and healing to victims of human trafficking.