THE HISTORY OF TRIAD LADDER OF HOPE Triad Ladder of Hope (TLH) was founded by Sandra Johnson (12/04/44-03/14/22) of Thomasville, NC. The organization was founded as a faith-based non-profit in January of 2005. We began under the umbrella of Central Triad Baptist Association which also put us under the North Carolina Baptist Convention. We obtained our Articles of Incorporation in 2010 and our 501C3 in 2013. Central Triad Baptist Association gave the organization office space and access to office equipment to help them to get started. Between 2005 and 2019, TLH has had their office in three different locations in High Point. In January of 2015 TLH opened a second office in Salisbury, NC hiring Mitzi Weber as their Executive Director. Sandra began drawing a salary in 2010 and Mitzi in 2015. There was a full staff of volunteers. The mission of TLH was "we are a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to eradicating the exploitation, sale, and enslavement of men, women, and children." The steps of TLH’s program were set up as:
Awareness: Educating communities, professionals, and individuals to know what human trafficking is and how to recognize it.
Rescue: working with law enforcement and community to help identify potential victims.
Restoration: working with rescued victims, providing a safe environment, a safe place to stay, personal care, counseling, job skills, connecting with family, and helping with legal issues.
Re-Entry: continued safe and healthy environment for the survivor to rebuild their lives by re-entry into society as a healthy, confident individuals.
Between 2005 and 2019, TLH assisted more than 30 survivors from five different countries. After they left our program, we continued to stay in touch with them. TLH has begun several outreach programs:
Reflect Hope: A ministry to women working in the adult entertainment business.
SOAP Project: Labeling soaps with the human trafficking hotline number in hotels during large events and along the interstates.
Jobs for Life: A faith-based jobs skills program targeting at risk men and women and giving our clients an opportunity for job training.
Street Outreach: Reaching out to women on the streets
We have given presentations, community and professional trainings, spoke at churches, and set up conferences and other events in seven different states with our target state being NC. TLH has been a privately funded organization with our funding coming from individuals, faith-based groups, churches, and one grant from a local organization. We sponsored our first fundraisers in 2015. Without our Heavenly Father we could not have accomplished what we have accomplished. It’s all because of Him.
Sandra passed on March 14, 2022. She was the founder of Triad Ladder of Hope. Everything we do will be in remembrance of her.