There is no straightforward answer to this question. The truth is we have 3 staff, but Team HAGAR is much bigger because we are backed up by many volunteers who help us faithfully behind the scenes, making our work possible.
2020 was unprecedented when COVID-19 struck. Just when we thought things could not get any worse, we faced even tougher times this year. The prolonged impacts of the pandemic required us to find innovative ways to increase support for the work we do with survivors of trafficking and abuse, so that we can provide sufficiently to meet their heightened needs in this crisis.
Seemingly ordinary people, these volunteers live extraordinary lives. They have full schedules; most have day jobs or are doing full-time studies. Some were taking a break from work but chose to give of themselves to the cause. For each and every one of them, none minded the delegated duties, the long hours, or the short turnaround time given when work exigencies arose. They simply put their hands to the plow; and when work is done, ask us if there is more they can help with.
In the most trying times of 2021, these volunteers came alongside us, lovingly assured us, “We will do this together”.