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Freedom a la Cart

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Who We Are: Freedom a la Cart (FALC) is a non-profit social enterprise that works to empower survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation to lead new lives of freedom and self-sufficiency. We believe that giving a woman practical job skills and developing a strong work ethic is vital for creating a pathway to freedom. So, we’ve created a safe place of restoration where survivors can heal, learn and grow as they prepare for sustainable employment and reintegrate into our community.

What We Do: Freedom a la Cart understands that moving survivors out of vulnerability and poverty and into stability and economic self-sufficiency requires more than a job. So, Freedom developed a 24-month comprehensive life skills training AND workforce development program that includes: resource (case) management; job coaching; social connection; trauma counseling; and financial literacy. Our goal is to prepare survivors for personal and economic stability, train them for jobs in the community and link them directly with employers. Through our three areas of impact: 1) CATCH Court Support; 2) Workforce Development; and 3) our Butterfly program, 400 local survivors are served annually.

Why We’re Important: Human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, which has strong and deep roots in Central Ohio. Freedom a la Cart’s programs meld both supportive services and workforce development to walk alongside survivors within our region on the road to restoration. Our vision is to give each survivor that crosses our path a chance to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency.

How We Impact the Community: In the past 6 years, 91 survivors have received workforce development through our programs. 84% have received NO new criminal record. As the national recidivism rate for women engaged in prostitution sits at 80%, Freedom a la Cart flips the narrative of a survivor’s life. This year, we’re on track to serve nearly 600 unduplicated survivors through supportive services + workforce development. Additionally, our Butterfly Program has nearly doubled in the past 2 years. Women are reimagining their futures, stepping into lives of sobriety and self-sufficiency, and reaching a hand to lift up their sisters, mothers, and friends. Generational impact!

How You Can Help: We’d love for you to walk alongside survivors with us on the road to recovery! This holiday season, we’re offering a dozen sweet treats for every $25 donated to our annual end of year giving initiative, Cause Cookies. Each box contains an assortment of decadent delights, including indulgent chocolate cherry cookies; festive white chocolate peppermint cookies, our traditional holiday favorite ginger snaps, and Freedom’s famous coconut macaroons. Every donation provides workforce training and wraparound supportive services for survivors of sex trafficking within our community. Order your cookies, volunteer, donate and learn more at

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123 E. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215


Chief Executive Officer: Paula Haines

Community Engagement Coordinator: Bekah Moran


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