The name ARISE has dual meaning, as an acronym it stands for Advocacy and Reclaiming those Involved in the Sex-trade through Empowerment. We advocate for the rights, goals, and dreams of women, youth and children who have become victims of sex-trafficking. Reclaiming means, “to recover and redeem, to restore value to something that has been devalued” (Brendtro, Brokenleg & Van Bockern, 2002:3). Those involved in the sex-trade have been devalued through coercion, exploitation, abuse, isolation, and prejudice. It is the hope of this program to empower these individuals through relationship and goal setting that they might be able to advocate and reclaim for themselves and their lives.
However, beyond the acronym the deeper theological meaning comes the parallels between the bent-over woman who Jesus heals (Luke 13:10-17) and the lived experiences of those involved in the sex-trade who have been bent-over and crippled by exploitation, trauma, abuse, and addiction. Jesus healed the woman in the Gospel and she immediately arose, stood up straight, and began praising God for the wonderful things God had done. It is our hope, prayer, and firm belief that God will do wonderful things in the lives of these victims allowing them to arise, stand up straight, and begin praising.
What We Do
ARISE Ministry exists to offer outreach, case management and pastoral care to those involved in the sex-trade. ARISE is a mission of the Presbytery of East Toronto, and supported by the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
ARISE Ministry provides street outreach to women on Thursday nights from 11:30pm. Through outreach we seek to build relationships and provide support to those involved in the sex-trade. Our outreach partners are Yonge Street Mission and Salvation Army Corps 614.
Case Management Program:
The case management program is primarily meant to serve those who are or have been involved in the sex-trade and are looking for support around exiting. It can also be offered as a preventative program for high-risk youth or for those in recovery who might need some stability. The case management program can take up to 5 participants at a time for 4 months of weekly one-on-one meetings and goal setting. Each week during the case management meeting a topic would be discussed and weekly goals would be set.
We participate in the Seana Rossi Self-Defence Program offered in partnership with Toronto BJJ every Wednesday from 4-5pm. It is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu based and we train in a Gi (Traditional Martials Arts Kimono) which is loaned weekly. The class is ongoing, completely FREE, and new-comers are welcome at any time. Please contact us for details and to sign-up! For program updates and announcements please visit the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/seanaselfdefence
ARISE offers chaplaincy and spiritual care to the community through accompaniment, advocacy, hospital and jail visits. ARISE offers many pastoral services to community members including participating in Public Worship, Funeral and Memorial Services, and offering the sacraments.