Meet our founders— Kristy Norbert and Abby Fabiaschi . They are both believers in the power of generational change and know that if given the opportunity, survivors can tranform their dreams into their reality. Drawn together by shared core values and beliefs, they started Empower Her Network because no one was focusing on what happened to survivors after their basic needs were met. They decided to build an organization to break cycles of exploitation and poverty forever.
– Kristy Norbert,
Co-Founder & Executive Director of EHN
Most survivors exhaust aftercare services without realistic long-term economic alternatives. They present at extreme risk for re-trafficking and homelessness.
They need assistance tackling societal barriers surrounding housing, education, and employment to break exploitation and poverty cycles and remain forever free.
She was trafficked for years and never graduated high school. She stood out to her case worker in our partner program because she’s motivated to finish her education and start a career. She takes advantage of the opportunities given to her by the program she’s in, and has a tremendous amount of motivation and ambition. She also has to move out of her temporary living situation. She can afford rent, but has terrible credit because a trafficker used her identity. How can she find permanent housing? If she can’t, how will she keep her job without an address? She’s worked so hard and doesn’t want to be trapped in the system forever. Her case manager knew she’d be a perfect fit for Empower Her Network, could picture her getting her GED, maybe even going to college. She has the charisma and tenacity it takes to start this next chapter, she just needs help removing obstacles that seem impossible to overcome.
Empower Her Network collaborated with her on an 18 month Empowerment Plan that will remove the obstacles in her way and clear the path for independence. Because we were established to address a gap in services, demand is high and we work carefully with our partners to collaborate and create a plan forward.