House of Hope Refuge of Love, Inc., Brunswick, Ga.
- Emerging Leader:Sarah Casiano-Diffoot
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $15,000
- Dates of Grant Term: July 2020 – July 2022
Sarah Casiano-Diffoot serves as the Community Impact Director at House of Hope (HOH) as well as a direct care worker to the residents of HOH. In this role, she works to develop and implement strategies that mobilize the caring power of the community and incentivize businesses to cross-collaborate with the common goal of improving the lives of House of Hope residents. Casiano-Diffoot also serves as a community advocate, speaking at events, conferences, church groups, schools, etc., to educate the community about human trafficking and to raise awareness for the need for residential care and victim’s services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in international relations from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., and is currently working on her master’s degree in clinical counseling through the Townsend Institute of Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.
The Harboring Hope Project will help House of Hope (HOH) extend the capacity of their residential and community education programs. The grant will enable HOH to expand to serve eight formerly-trafficked girls annually. The girls will go on a year-long therapeutic journey to healing and reintegration into society. Locally, hundreds will be educated monthly on human trafficking, protecting the community from future victimization and empowering them to report crimes, disperse the message, and to act by donating their time/resources.