Founded by LeeAnn Campbell and Ursuline Sister Sandy Sherman, Rahab’s Heart began in January 2011 with street outreach to adult women working in the commercial sex trade. This outreach remains at the core of our ministry, and is all about meeting the women and building relationships. Volunteers distribute safety care and snack kits, which begins the conversation. Our goal is that each woman will know they are unconditionally loved regardless of their current choices and there are other options for their future.
All women met on the streets are invited to a Friday night dinner at the drop-in center, a renovated home located in North Toledo that opened in November 2014. Dinners are held twice a month and transportation is available. A strong sense of trust and camaraderie has developed at these dinners, which are also attended by children of some women who attend. A children’s room in the house provides the youth with an environment for safe and healthy play.
Additional programs offered by Rahab’s Heart include art therapy, spiritual retreats and individual mentoring. The drop-in center provides a safe, welcoming and clean environment where women can take hot showers or receive food, clothing or one-on-one counseling services.