Nurses typically enter this profession because of their innate desire to help people. For OSUNO members, Candace Harriman and Ashley Wilson, that desire has led them to reach beyond the bedside to their local community.
After attending human trafficking educational events last year, Candace and Ashley were inspired to create a human trafficking group at the medical center. The group has since provided human trafficking education to other hospital staff members, and has even worked on hospital policies, including updating the domestic violence policy.
Candace, along with 4 other volunteers, also began the outreach group called Local Outreach Volunteers, or LOV. LOV provides weekly sex trafficking outreach on Saturday evenings. The group typically talks with 10 girls during the evening and provides them with basic necessities, such as condoms, toiletries, food, water and clothing.
LOV offers a helping hand to the local homeless community as well. Each Sunday, Candace helps feed 30 people a hot meal and while also providing a snack for later, clothing and toiletries. LOV runs 1 to 2 small routes during the week to check on regulars who have health problems and helps arrange transport to detox and/or doctor’s appointment. LOV is currently working on a community event that includes a fish fry, clothing and haircuts for the homeless.