Bridging Freedom, the local nonprofit leading the charge to create Florida’s first-ever therapeutic safe home community, hosted a candlelight vigil this month, attracting about two-hundred participants, raising thousands of dollars toward constructing the first-in-Florida safe campus for survivors, and “sharing light and love” for those not yet rescued.
Mrs. America 2014 headlined a roster of speakers and performers. Not surprisingly, many are unaware of the seriousness of this issue around Tampa Bay. Bridging Freedom is supported in its efforts by such organizations as Sykes Enterprises, Hilton International, KB Homes, Broad & Cassel, Image Depot, DeBartolo Development, and many others.
Multiple television stations covered the vigil, including this WFTS story. Additionally, the Tampa Tribune covered the issue and Bridging Freedom in depth.
UPDATE: Bridging Freedom was recently granted $1 million by the State of Florida and continues to work with the Governor, state agencies, local law enforcement, and many other partners.