Josh and Andrea Bailey became aware of the global issue of human trafficking and began brainstorming a way to offer holistic restoration to those affected. One focal point was not just to offer services but to offer a community surrounding and supporting each victim. In 2009, their journey reached a defining moment: The Gray Haven. Though this organization was just an idea, the Bailey’s knew it would become their life’s work. What they did not know, however, was how quickly it would be realized.
The Baileys filed for status as a 501(c)(3) in September 2010, and were surprised to receive their state and federal status by October 2010 - just one month later. Overjoyed by the brevity of what is normally a slow and painstaking process, they sought advice from experienced anti-trafficking experts and professionals to develop a process that would empower clients to move from “victim” to “survivor.” Each client is unique, and so are their needs. To provide effective and lasting care, the process must be adaptable to each client’s specific situation.
The Gray Haven received their first referral in February 2012 and since then have served over 150 clients. They have also become a resource for local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as a resource for programs and organizations striving to serve trafficking victims.
To read a personal reflection of their story from the founders, please click here.