Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri recently awarded the Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition a $2,000 Targeted Impact Grant to help alleviate the financial pressures of victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri recently awarded the Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition a $2,000 Targeted Impact Grant to help alleviate the financial pressures of victims and survivors of human trafficking.

The grant covers direct aid such as moving/relocation costs, physician/prescription needs, counseling services, cell phones, clothing/food items, and more.

The Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition is a volunteer organization working collaboratively to increase awareness, identify causes, and support victims of trafficking.

It invites the Lake area community to its monthly speaker program featuring survivors that will share their experiences of trafficking and escape, as well as expert speakers in the fields of psychology, legal issues, law enforcement, medical, and more. Programs also focus on the causes of sexual exploitation and labor trafficking in the Lake area.

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at St. George Episcopal Church, 423 N. Business Rt. 5, Camdenton, MO 65020. For more information, contact Mary Spencer, Director of Media Relations, at (573) 317-1927.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is a social service agency that provides a range of programs and services to those in need in its 38-county service area regardless of faith, culture or situation.