About Rahab's Hideaway, Inc.
Rahab's Hideaway, Inc. was organized in August 2008 and officially registered in the State of Ohio, on September 26, 2008. Through the collaborative efforts of Ms. Marlene Carson, founder of several community organizations and volunteers, a pool of resources were produced for the sake of addressing a worldwide problem - human trafficking/street prostitution, homeless and vulnerable youth.
Rahab's Hideaway is many things to a select few. For the thousands of teen girls and young adult women who are leashed to their pimp and a self-destructive lifestyle by a chain of fear, we are a way of escape. For those who spend their nights turning tricks rather than their days turning the pages of a book, we are a means to an education. For others who have been sold so much that they feel they have nothing left, we instill value.
For those who are looking for a way out, Rahab's Hideaway is a beacon of light. In October of 2008, Rahab's Hideaway began to walk out purpose as its first resident was taken in, and a realization was had that for this one girl, it was worth all the sacrifice to get to this moment in time. As time writes yet another story, we watch as its characters grow, mature, progress, and survive. This is a story of liberation from physical, emotional, and even spirtiual control, and it happens every day...at Rahab's Hideaway.
A Word from the Founder, Marlene Carson
Many people think that what we do at Rahab’s Hideaway is such a blessing to the victims we serve. What I would like for you to recall is that I, too, am a survivor. Exploitation causes much heartache in the lives of us who have been exploited.
One of those pains is the sense of family that was ripped apart. The day mother and father found out their little girl was being forced to do adult things. And the big smile and glow on her little face has now been darkened by tragedy and distrust.
Here at Rahab’s Hideaway trust is something we hope to help survivors gain again. And as a survivor of human trafficking I stand here today to thank the United Methodist Women for helping me to trust again.
When I first started Rahab’s Hideaway I started it out of the passion in my heart to help victims. The reality is that I had very little knowledge of what to do and how I was going to do it. However, it was when Mark Reed, who volunteered to repair, paint, and furnish the Rahab’s Hideaway home, found out it was a safe place for trafficked victims that launched the beginning. Mark was so full of compassion that he shared the information with Riverside United Methodist Church, and almost 2 years later I can say that it is because of compassionate people like the United Methodist Church organization that has taught me how to trust again, trust in the good of neighbors, our city. Because I am able to trust again, I can impart that into the lives of other survivors.