Without further ado – meet our January Charity Spotlight – End Slavery Tennessee.
Q&A with Wendi Zebell
Our CEO’s wife, Wendi Zebell, picked the organization that we will support this month. We asked her to answer a few questions on why and how this organization has inspired her.
1. Tell us about the organization you chose.
End Slavery Tennessee exists to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in our state. They do this by providing specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and tactically addressing the problem through advocacy, prevention and training of front line professionals.
2. Why is this organization important to you or how has it impacted you personally?
As the mother of three daughters with a fourth on the way, my heart breaks when I think about how women and young girls find themselves in a situation like this. They often are stuck or feel there’s no way out for them. They are physically, mentally, spiritually, and sexually beaten down. I can’t imagine that happening to one of my girls, and I don’t want it to happen to anyone. I want these women to know their God-given value. I want them to know healing and freedom and redemption. I want them to have a chance to discover their purpose and their dreams and live those out, just as I want for my own girls.
3. Finish the sentence: I give back because…
I can. I’m able, & it’s a privilege to be able to serve someone else. It was an example my grandmother set for me, & it’s something that honors her and brings me great joy. Any good deed, no matter how small, has the power to make significant impacts. Why wouldn’t we want to contribute that to the world?
4. If you could give a word of encouragement to this organization, what would it be?
That your task is great, but it is a necessary, crucial and honorable one. We see your progress and successes in news headlines as laws change, in personal testimonies of those whose lives you’ve saved, in the faces of those you inform so they can protect others. You are making a difference for generations to come. And I’m sure the real encouragement comes from seeing women set free.
For more information on how you can give back to End Slavery, visit www.endslaverytn.org.
Kristen is a Louisiana native with a passion for music, family, and faith. As a traveling musician herself, Kristen utilizes her personal experiences in approaching her work with an entrepreneurial drive and empathetic artist perspective.