NN: So tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved with Nomi Network.
CC: I have worked as a biblical counselor at my church in Santa Barbara for the last two-and-a-half years. Working wit h many women who deal with sexual abuse and its ramifications has played into me connecting with what Nomi does. My boyfriend is good friends with Diana and introduced us. I wanted to come alongside Diana and support her and support the work that Nomi is doing, recognizing that financial support and awareness are needed.
NN: What will Fashion for Freedom look like?
CC: A variety of women have donated high-end clothing for a consignment sale. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Nomi. There will also be a silent auction, gift certificates from local businesses, information tables about Nomi, and other resources around that are fighting sex trafficking. First Business Bank is on our main shopping street.
NN: Where did you get the idea for Fashion for Freedom and how did you get people involved?
CC: Every woman loves to shop, and with the way the economy is, I thought it would be an opportunity to bless women to buy nice clothing for less expensive prices. I really didn’t have to do anything other than tell people about it. I have an incredible network of people who are passionate about social justice issues.
NN: What do you hope to accomplish through this fundraiser?
CC: I’m praying that this will be an opportunity that would awaken our culture here in Santa Barbara to injustices around the world. It is an opportunity to see that they have a voice. Our gifts, talents, and resources can be used in a powerful way. I know it’s just selling clothes, but I hope that it will inspire people and help to create a community.
NN: Have you had any prior experience in fundraising?
CC: No, definitely not. (laughs) It’s a new adventure, a good challenge. It's causing me to be stretched in different areas, asking people to get involved isn't something I haven’t really done before. It's been pleasant to do.
NN: Do you have any advice for people who want to join the fight against sex trafficking, but don’t know where to start?
CC: Just start. I spent so many years desiring to do something and not knowing where to start. Then I started talking to people, and there are so many other passionate people out there with incredible hearts. If we're willing to just plan a little bit and dream boldly, it comes together. We're really not alone in our desire to help.
- Melissa Pan