With excitement, Restorations Second Stage Homes announces a new partnership with the Reformed Church in America and the appointment of our inaugural Executive Director.
As of April 2017, Restorations has entered into a formal partnership with the Reformed Church in America’s (RCA) Global Mission. In relationship and through fundraising with RCA congregations, this partnership will provide financial support to hire an Executive Director. In hiring our first staff member, we will be able to move forward boldly in our plans to open a home for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. We are thankful to RCA Global Mission for recognizing the importance of the work we are doing to address the needs of those who are escaping commercial sexual exploitation! We look forward to connecting and building relationships with RCA congregations across Canada and the United States so together we can work to provide futures full of love, hope and restoration for the women who come to live in our home.
Subsequently, we are excited to announce that we have appointed Jennifer Lucking as our first Executive Director to be employed starting October 2017. Jennifer Lucking has been working with the Regional Synod of Canada (part of the Reformed Church in America) since 2013. As part of her role with the Regional Synod of Canada, she was one of the founding members of Restorations and has sat on our board since 2013. In this period of transition and exciting change, we were sad to accept her resignation from the Board of Directors last month, but we are thrilled to be appointing her as Executive Director.
In the first year, Jennifer will be responsible for developing policies, procedures, and protocols for clients; forming and developing essential program partnerships to provide wrap-around services for clients; developing policy and training manuals for staff and volunteers; and working with the board to continue capital fundraising to sustain operational costs of Restorations Second Stage Homes.
Jennifer’s employment will be dependent on funds and support raised through her missionary status with the Reformed Church in America Global Mission, but we are confident that her passion and heart for this work will be contagious and that – with your help – her role will be fully funded by October 2017!
To learn more about how to support Jennifer’s new role, please visit www.rca.org/lucking
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
The Board of Directors
Restorations Second Stage Homes
Meet Jennifer Lucking!
Jennifer is deeply committed to addressing issues of slavery, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Since 2013, she has been working with the Reformed Church in America’s Regional Synod of Canada where she has engaged with congregations, groups and individuals to equip and mobilize them in channeling their concerns for slavery and other justice issues. Ecumenical collaboration has been a crucial part of her work; she has collaborated with the Christian Reformed Church (Centre for Public Dialogue) and Defend Dignity on multiple awareness and advocacy projects and events. Jennifer is also the RCA representative to the Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Justice and Peace where she serves as the Vice Chair as well as the Chair for the Working Group on Sexual Exploitation in Canada.
Prior to her role with the Regional Synod of Canada, Jennifer worked for Walk With Me Canada, a victim services agency which provided support and services to victims and survivors of both labour and sex trafficking. There, she responded to crisis calls from law enforcement, victim services and other social agencies regarding victims of human trafficking, and she coordinated first-response care, support and services to accommodate immediate needs.
Jennifer obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University where she majored in Global Studies and Religion & Culture. In 2015, she received a Master of Arts in Social Justice & Equity Studies from Brock University. Her research focused on the ways that pimps and traffickers target, recruit and condition females in Canada for the sex trade. Using her experience in victim services, awareness raising/education, and advocacy, Jennifer has vast experience in public speaking, sharing her knowledge with a variety of sectors and fields including law enforcement, health providers, social service providers, academia, and people of faith.
In her spare time, Jennifer can be found spending time with her family, in her gardens, or in the kitchen (cooking/baking and eating!). Isaiah 58:6 is often on Jennifer’s heart: “I’ll tell you what it really means to worship the LORD. Remove the chains of prisoners who are chained unjustly. Free those who are abused!” (CEV)