International Sanctuary in 92626
Meet the Community Engagement Coordinator and Human Resources Manager Chelsea Maietta
International Sanctuary's mission is to empower girls and women escaping human trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth. By providing meaningful employment through International Sanctuary's social enterprise, Purpose Jewelry, girls are able to support themselves and obtain job training and experience. Through International Sanctuary's wide range of holistic care services young women can begin to heal and grow in mind, body, and soul.
Describe your business
Purpose Jewelry is the social enterprise that fuels International Sanctuary's program. Purpose Jewelry is beautifully crafted by people escaping trafficking. By Purchasing with Purpose, you are providing freedom, dignity, and hope for these amazing artisans. From creation to shipping, young women escaping sex trafficking are playing a critical role in every step of the process. They are able to earn a fair wage and gain employable skills. Wear Freedom. Wear Purpose.
What has surprised you most while working here?
Seeing how people (humanity) step up to the challenge of helping others.
Why did you decide to work here?
I graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign with a degree in Communication and Gender Women Studies. I wanted to be part of an organization that impacts the world and I was lucky enough to find International Sanctuary. Ignorance is bliss and once I found out about human trafficking, it opened my eyes and I didn't want to be anywhere else!
I think the business model that International Sanctuary of Social Enterprise is highly effective and empowers staff and survivors to work towards a common goal.
Why do you think it's important for people to shop local?
Supporting your local business is helping everyone on so many levels. But shopping locally and at International Sanctuary - Purpose Jewelry - helps empower so many women around the world. A multi-faceted benefit!