No More Poverty and co-founders Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi support Children of the Night, a not-for-profit organization that rescues America’s children from prostitution.
No More Poverty and its co-founders, the Omidi Brothers, support the Children of the Night, a privately funded non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the ravages of prostitution. After developing a comprehensive and innovative rescue program – with a 24/7 hotline, shelter, and education programs – and successfully running it for more than 33 years, Children of the Night is extending its reach with a new program called Children of the Night WOW (With Out Walls). Partnering with the National Runaway Switchboard, the organization will help underfunded shelters throughout the United States develop and grow similar rescue programs and services.
“Children of the Night is the standard in terms of child rescue and education, literally plucking children from the depths of poverty and degradation and giving them a brand new, positive, and productive life,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of No More Poverty. “Dr. Lois Lee is a pioneer and my brother Michael and I whole-heartedly support Children of the Night and its expansion throughout the country and world.”
Children of the Night was founded in 1979 by Dr. Lois Lee and it is the first established and only comprehensive program to help young victims of sex trafficking in North America. For the first three years of operation, more than 250 child prostitutes passed through Lee’s two-bedroom apartment. With a generous grant, she was able to buy food for the children and turn her home phone into what would become the first nation’s sex trafficking hotline. In 1992, she opened the internationally-recognized Children of the Night shelter which receives child prostitutes ages 11-17 from across the United States. The shelter accommodates up to 24 residents at a time and provides an on-site school, individual case management, wholesome recreational outings, and a chance to experience a childhood free from sexual exploitation.
Children of the Night’s 24-hour hotline receives more than 10,000 calls a year and it is the only nationwide hotline staffed by specially trained and skilled child care workers. The organization funds the taxi or airline transportation of a child to the facility at all hours of the day and night. All Children of the Night services are free – supported by private donations and are not reliant on state, county or federal funds.
No More Poverty (nmp.org) is a not-for-profit charity organization with a pending 501(c)3 application founded by brothers Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi. The organization seeks to end poverty at home and abroad by supporting the efforts of like-minded charities and agencies. Current efforts are focused on increasing awareness of and donations to charities already doing great work to address poverty and its staggering effects throughout the world. The plan is to expand our activities to include fostering business development and job creation in disenfranchised areas.
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