caring for survivors of U.S. domestic sex trafficking
- Through long-term AFTERCARE services for adult female survivors of sex trafficking
- Guided Outdoor / Nature experiences
- Art / Dance / Movement / Music sessions
- We are currently raising funds for property and residential aftercare in Oregon's Willamette Valley
- Through survivor and community EDUCATION
- specific to each survivor's needs
- teaching local communities about sex trafficking prevention, dynamics, and aftercare
- We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
The name Ezer
The word ezer comes from the Hebrew scriptures and is translated as help. The Old Testament uses the word ezer to describe God as Israel’s help, often in a military sense, as in a deliverer. Occasionally the word is also used of Israel’s allies who help her by coming to her aid in battle. The only other time ezer is used in the Old Testament is in Genesis when God creates woman. It was not good for the adam (the earthling) to be alone, so God created woman to remedy that problem. She and the adam were equal, corresponding partners who operated in unity and mutuality.
Unfortunately, the essence of this concept has been distorted and wrongly used to imply the inferior status of women. It is this pervasive misconstrued belief that women exist only to “help” men and meet their needs and desires that fuels the kinds of behaviors that lead to the sexual exploitation of girls and women around the world. The House of Ezer is so named to reclaim the word ezer and celebrate women as fully human and worthy of all dignity, respect, and honor.
Our desired property for the House of Ezer sits atop a hill with spectacular views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount Jefferson, and is a physical reminder of Psalm 121:1-2 “I lift my eyes up to the mountains, where does my help [ezer] come from? My help [ezer] comes from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth.”