Restore NYC
The West Side

Restore NYC’s mission is to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign national survivors. Working to that end, Restore finds victims through outreach strategies and partnerships with law enforcement, the court system, and community-based organizations, and restores survivors through their groundbreaking safehouse program.


Mission: To end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors.  

Vision: For every survivor, the promise of a new life. For our nation, the end of modern-day slavery.

Our volunteers at the safehouse build friendships with residents by gathering for meals and special events, like outings to the movies, and makeover and spa nights.
Our grants support rent and food costs for Restore's safehouse. It is the first long-term transitional safehouse in the Northeast dedicated to foreign-born survivors of sex trafficking.
Restore NYC participated in workshops focused on outcome measurement and tracking program effectiveness, assisting them to tailor their "Restored Life Outcomes Matrix" to the safehouse program.

 All volunteers will be asked to complete an online application, a volunteer orientation, an in-person interview, and a background check in order to serve at Restore NYC. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Coverage Volunteers (General):

  • Volunteers help cover shifts at the safehome and provide extra support for staff. While at the home, volunteers help staff with projects and interact with the residents in conversation, working with English language studies, cooking and doing other activities as needed. 

Overnight Coverage Volunteers: 

  • Volunteers (female only) will come to relieve in-home coordinators twice a week, and are trained to manage the home overnight. These volunteers sleep during the majority of their shift but are available in case of emergency.

Program Volunteers:

  • Volunteers offer specific skill-based classes and workshops for residents, usually pertaining to their field of expertise, such as yoga, wellness, tutoring, job training, etc.

 Group Volunteering:

  • Churches and community groups plan regular events and activities with the residents in small groups. 

Supplies (*exempt from all requirements):

  • Individuals and groups help purchase needed items to help keep the safehome running smoothly, such as cleaning and laundry supplies, toiletries, paper goods, etc. These donations are incredibly helpful in maintaining low costs at the home so that more resources can be poured into programming and additional services.

Professional Development Workshops and Mentoring:

  • Volunteers share their expertise by co-facilitating a workshop about their field, professional exploration workshops, and/or provide a workplace tour/shadowing for interested clients. The following industries and professions are particularly of interest: food industry, jewelry making/designing, clothing making/designing, hospitality, office operations, beauty industry, pet care, health care professionals, sales, and entrepreneurs. 

Interpreters and Translators: 

  • Volunteers help with any translation needs during workshops or community events, etc., as well as document translation. Key language needs are currently Mandarin, Spanish, and Korean. 

Drop-in Center Volunteers: 

  •  Volunteers work one-on-one with clients at the economic empowerment drop-in center. Clients schedule appointments to work with volunteers on skills such as resume writing, job searching, applications, basic computer skills, and interview preparation.  

Outreach Volunteers: 

  • Volunteers help support Restore's mission to end sex trafficking in New York by finding more victims. Opportunities are limited, but volunteers would work in community-based advocacy, ideally as a group or church. 

See below to sign up for these opportunities.
“Your support and work and volunteering really helps some of the most vulnerable, exploited people in this great city. You're making our lives in the city, and our city, a better place to live.”
Jimmy, Executive Director
What is sex trafficking, and how can we respond?
May 29, 2015
On May 19, in partnership with Restore NYC, we hosted our first-ever workshop focused specifically on the issue of sex trafficking in New York City. Read more for video and summary of the workshop, and learn how you can get involved!
Have an idea for a new nonprofit? We want to hear it!
February 05, 2016
We’re looking for people who have a "crazy idea" – an idea that would provide a Gospel-response respond to the needs of the poor and marginalized in New York City. An idea that would bring about flourishing and shalom to our city.
Prayers for Victims of Trafficking
January 19, 2017
It is our collective call to seek justice for the oppressed, so we bring to our God our brothers and sisters across our city who have or are being trafficked. We serve a present and loving God, and we can trust that He will bring about justice and righteousness. Join us in prayer.
Building God’s Kingdom on a Day-to-Day Basis
February 06, 2017
Volunteering with victims of sex trafficking has helped Jon Kakaley see that God’s Kingdom isn’t some lofty, philosophical goal. Rather, it’s built with actual work on a day-to-day basis.
How You Can Serve Immigrants in NYC
June 28, 2017
New York City is a city of immigrants—in fact, 36% of us are foreign born. Many immigrants to our city face real challenges. That’s why we partner with several organizations serving our city’s immigrants. Learn more about how you can come alongside them.