I am Ryan Thomas and I work as a Realtor in York County, PA. I have been married for 13 years and have 4 children. We really had no idea how big of a problem human trafficking was until we heard A21(link below) at our church several years ago. While I do follow the Lord in my life, this issue is not one that is "faith based." This is an issue that everyone should be able to come together on! The estimated number of children being trafficked is difficult to fathom. The demand that the industry must have is also very difficult to comprehend. It's an uncomfortable topic that many people would rather just ignore, but we can't! I can't just sit back and forget this problem exists so that I can feel more comfortable! We must be aware of it's existence and what perpetuates it. If all of my personal donations and efforts only saved one child out of that horror, then it would be time and money well spent!!
What's great about my business is the exposure to a lot of people. That enables me to raise awareness and fund missions through my daily work life. I can achieve this by charging the same competitive commission rate, but still making donations to support the cause. I raise awareness by co-branding all of my marketing with organizations like O.U.R. Everything from business cards to shirts and my website. I also include information about this fight when I meet new clients and at settlements. I hope to do more in the community in the next couple years in raising awareness.
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