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"These often unsung heroes understand...that poverty, disease and famine are just as deadly and destructive as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Individuals ...are taking on these challenges in their communities, volunteering to make a difference. They remain the true champions of our work towards the Millennium Development Goals. ~Kofi Annan "



August 5 – October 11, 2015
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays



Every Step Makes a Difference
Monday, September 7, 2015

Our efforts have a three-fold focus:
1) raising awareness 2) supporting victims/survivors 3) promoting legislative change

Monies raised in our Walk & Roll-a-thon are combined with other donations, matched up to $15,000 by our SHF community, and ultimately are given in grants to local agencies serving victims/survivors of human trafficking.

The latest International Labor Organization report estimates more 20 million women, men and children are exploited globally by human trafficking, which is modern-day slavery, benefitting exploiters by $150 billion annually. Human trafficking, local, national and global, is the fastest growing criminal activity. Our annual walk is a fun and fit activity for everyone aged five to ninety-five or older!

We are encouraging everyone who can walk or roll around the Motherhouse grounds to participate. Drinks and chairs will be provided. There is no set donation to participate, but all participants are encouraged to raise funds by asking for donations.

Donations can be made at HERE, just pull down menu for "Walk-a-thon"

For more information contact SHF Associate Member Angela Matthews
510-656-3341 OR angela@matthews-family.org

Click here to see information on the Papal Encyclical.

Encyclical Release Date:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Title of Encyclical:

“Praised Be: On the Care of Our Common Home.”

(This is from an interfaith group that always has great information on the issues of the environment. Great to see that they are looking forward to what the Pope will have to say.)

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.

SHF is a member of this collaborative: www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org 

Petition to Fight child sex trafficking in the U.S.
You are invited to add your name to the petition to fight child sex trafficking by clicking on the link above.

Stop Trafficking! newsletter:
The June issue of Stop Trafficking! is now available at the following link:
This issue highlights the plight of thousands who seek employment only to be trapped in exploitative situations.


Women & Spirit California just launched is the "virtual museum" an online version of the photos, artifacts, videos and captions from the original exhibit. It can be found at http://womenandspiritcaliforniaonline.com/

There is also a traveling exhibit, which is suitable for display in churches, schools, hospitals and special events can be reserved at

Help us Persuade NBC Stations to Air Women & Spirit



- Check out our new page on History Pin!

- Are you a day home alumni?

- Take a Virtual Tour of the SHF Motherhouse Grounds Here