Human Trafficking – in West Virginia?

Presentation by Karen Haring, Executive Director of Libera WV
April 15, 2018 at 11:30am in Cowan Hall

Suncrest United Methodist Women invites all interested parties to a presentation on Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking carries issues of shame, dependency, and isolation, which are well-known to all seeking recovery. As we as a church look towards ways to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups, this is an opportunity to learn more about human trafficking and how it affects the lives of girls and women.

This presentation includes an informational video, which will be a source of basic education and prompt discussion on human trafficking.

Libera WV is a grass-roots organization aimed at empowering West Virginia women who may feel the need to experience Emotional Freedom, Relational Freedom, Spiritual Freedom, Intellectual Freedom, Physical Freedom, or Financial Freedom.

For more information contact Melanie Wilson at 304-216-0357

Libera WV is an organization that empowers West Virginia women and teens to live in freedom. Libera [Lee-BEH-Ruh] is for every woman who wants to be free. We often think of freedom as a physical, external thing. But freedom is something we can lack internally in many different ways. Libera is about transformation and hope.

Every woman or teen is, or has been, a prisoner to something. Every woman and teen is captive at some level in an area of her life where she wishes to experience freedom. Many feel powerless, bound by circumstances or relationships, or their own lack of identity, voice and purpose. All of the founding members of Libera have experienced and identified some of their own barriers to freedom. Each has realized there were things holding them back.

Libera was founded in October 2014 to provide a wholistic approach for women and teens to address their barriers to find freedom: emotionally, relationally, intellectually, spiritually, financially, and physically. Since then, many women’s lives have been transformed from a place of being stuck and imprisoned to a place of hope and freedom.

Libera WV provides vital connections through groups, mentoring, resources, workshops, and volunteer opportunities that will enable women in West Virginia to find their identity, their voice, their strength, their purpose, and their freedom. They have a trained corps of volunteer Listeners [mentors] who listen to women’s stories, help them identify barriers and lies in their lives, and connect them to resources to overcome their barriers. These resources might be nonprofits, social agencies, counselors, books, CD’s, and DVDs. Listeners meet with women one-on-one, and also lead Libera model peer support groups

The Libera bus is used as a mobile office and meeting space.

The Libera bus travels to every county of West Virginia multiple times a year, to be available to hear women’s and teen’s stories and connect them to resources. We also distribute resources in each of West Virginia 55 counties.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women who nurture and encourage one another in their spiritual growth, personal leadership and transformation.


The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is:

  • To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.
  • To develop a creative supportive fellowship.
  • To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Over a million women get involved in helping to support many worthy programs and projects related to women, children and youth.

A Community of Women

United Methodist Women strives to follow Christ’s teachings to do acts of love, justice, mercy and faith, and to serve one another on an equal basis. A community emerges through worship, sharing, praying, studying, working and serving. United Methodist Women explores ways to meet the needs of the members in our 140- year-old organization with 800,000 members.

Spiritual Growth

United Methodist Women members strive through Bible studies, retreats and inspirational events to know God, and experience freedom through Jesus Christ.

We each seek to find our own way to walk with God and search within ourselves for spiritual growth and understanding.

A Creative & Supportive Community

Through leadership development our organization is a creative and supportive community by directing its members in a cohesive and coherent way to accomplish our goals and fulfill our Purpose.

The United Methodist Church’s connectional system, ecumenical connections, and solidarity with groups that work with women, children and youth in the global community enlarge the United Methodist Women creative and supportive community.

Education & Transformation through Programs
We expand our concept of our mission by working diligently on:

  • Mission Education
  • Social Action/Advocacy
  • Many Programs and Ministries
  • Funding the Mission

Mission Initiatives

Our entire program focuses on mission.
Our mission initiatives include:

  • Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
  • Equipping women & girls to be leaders
  • Providing transformative educational experiences
  • Organizing for growth & flexibility
  • Working for justice through service and advocacy

Suncrest United Methodist Women Officers For 2018

  • Co-Presidents – Val Markel and Melanie Wilson
  • Vice-Pres of Fellowship & Activities – Krista Mendelson
  • Secretary – Sally Badger
  • Treasurer – Susan Unger
  • Spiritual Growth – As designated
  • Education and Interpretation – Maria Reidpath
  • Membership, Nurture, Outreach -Vanessa Murdock
  • Social Action – As Designated
  • Program Resources – Betty Alexander
  • Communication – As Designated
  • Nominations Chair – Dollie Hyre Circle Representative