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The Arbor is a nonprofit organization that provides long-term housing and holistic aftercare services to adult, female, human trafficking survivors in Virginia, so that they may establish a community of healing and reclaim wholeness, freedom, and life.



When The Arbor opened its doors to female survivors of human trafficking in late 2014, it was with a stated mission to provide safe long-term housing, trauma-informed case management and counseling, and healing programming rooted in community.

If you are visiting our site and reading this, there’s a good chance it’s because:

  • You recognize that the need for professional, specialized aftercare services for survivors of human trafficking is an urgent and often overwhelming national and local issue.
  • You want to do something about meeting this need.
  • Through the giving of money, time and/or prayer, you helped The Arbor come to life as a pioneering effort in exposing and addressing this need here in Central Virginia.

For all of that, even though we’ve said it before: Thank you. That mission couldn’t have come to life without you.

The mission and identity of The Arbor is now evolving.  For those who have followed along with our rebooted newsletters since May, it was our hope to provide a good and growing understanding of the unique challenges and needs faced by a spearheading effort like The Arbor’s, while also providing a dynamic window into our daily work. It was those daily experiences this year, combined with our own growing understanding of our past, present and future challenges that lead to the core update we want to share with you today:

After an in-depth assessment of our operations and projected growth under our current mission, The Arbor Charlottesville has made the decision to cease providing long-term housing for survivors of human trafficking going forward.  We remain committed to providing shelter and services for our two remaining clients until their journey with The Arbor is complete this fall.***  

The first 20 months of programmatic operations for The Arbor showed us – and Charlottesville – a lot. Through these experiences and lessons learned, we were able to arrive at this decision with humility and determination this summer. So, what comes next if we are no longer going to be responsible for housing trafficking survivors ourselves?

Right now, leadership at The Arbor is actively mapping the most relevant, sustainable ways our organization and mission might evolve to continue meeting the needs of human trafficking survivors here. Whatever decisions get made in the weeks ahead, they will be rooted in best practices for both prospective clients and partnering with professionals in our community.

As our conversation and resources are guided forward, foremost in our minds and hearts will be the most effective ways to achieve healing and wholeness for those who have been exploited and traumatized. 

Thank you again. Your generosity and faith in this work helps make freedom real – and we hope you are as encouraged by that progress as we are, and continue to walk this journey with us. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for updates on how we see our mission and organization evolving.

Gratefully, and onward,

The Board of Directors and Seth Wispelwey, Executive Director.

***The Arbor’s work continues this fall under its original mission.  As mentioned above, we remain committed to ensuring our current clients receive the housing, counseling, services and resources they need until our commitment to them is met and each is empowered to re-enter society confidently and ably.  This work with them will be complete at the end of November.  Your support in this very unique season will ensure we can meet those commitments to these two women in the most professional and supportive ways possible.







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Frequently Asked Questions


The Gray Haven offers services in Richmond, VA, to survivors of human trafficking.
Polaris Project serves Washington, DC, and provides a national hotline to report tips of suspected incidences of human trafficking.

      ***Community members who have a tip about a suspected incident of human trafficking are advised to report to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 1-888-373-7888.
International Justice Mission (IJM) rescues and provides aftercare in foreign countries.
We hope to work collaboratively with other organizations as they form in the state.


Checks may be made out to The Arbor Charlottesville and mailed to PO Box 4692, Charlottesville, VA 22905.
You may also donate online. (*note: when donating online, 4% goes to our service provider, Qgiv). All donations are tax-deductible.


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If you have an incident to report, or are in crisis yourself, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline at 1.888.373.7888

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PO Box 4692

Charlottesville, VA 22905