Goals & milestones

Timeline

2012
January 1

Task Force

Initial NH Task Force against Human Trafficking created
2016
October 1

NH funding

NH receives Federal funding to support anti-trafficking efforts and create a formalized Task Force and Core Team response.
2017
January 1

Housing not available

Specialized housing services remain unavailable in New Hampshire for victims of Human Trafficking
December 31

Need identified

Bethany Cottrell, along with members of the Task Force and community, identify great need for housing services and discuss mission and plan for the first safe house in NH.
2018
January 1

Board

A board is formed and Brigid’s House of Hope formalizes with State and IRS. Plans for future are developed.
2019
January 27

Bethany Cottrell recognized

Bethany Cottrell named as one of the 40 under forty in New Hampshire by the Union Leader.
March 1

501(c)(3) status

Brigid’s House of Hope became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
June 1

Executive Director hired

Bethany Cottrell hired as part-time Executive Director of Brigid’s House of Hope.
October 1

Property

Rental property opportunity made available to the Board. Currently being renovated.
2020
February 1

Further development

First Annual meeting of the Board held. Building Committee formed. Planning and assessment of rental property underway.
2021
August 31

Ultimate goal

Open Brigid’s House of Hope to provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking.

In 2012 New Hampshire began intentionally working on anti-trafficking efforts, understanding the scope of trafficking and starting to consider appropriate responses. This effort and learning led to the development of the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force. In 2016, New Hampshire was awarded Department of Justice funding which enabled Task Force partner agencies to hire two case managers and a lead detective. In 2017, through the work of the case managers, detective and other service providers on the Task Force, it was evident that a consistent challenge for survivors of human trafficking was housing. At monthly meetings, members of the Task Force continued to identify long-term safe housing for female survivors of sex and labor trafficking as a great need in the state.

Bethany Cottrell, was a member of the Task Force through her role as the Director of the Merrimack County Advocacy Center. She began exploring what was being done to address the identified housing need, who was taking action and how she could help. She learned that although it was the largest gap in service, no agency had taken on the challenge of meeting the need.  Bethany decided it was time to step in. She began inviting key professionals to join with her in building Brigid’s House of Hope.

Brigid’s House of Hope took first steps in March of 2018.  After seven months of preparations, we launched our first awareness and fundraising campaigns in October 2018 and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in March 2019.  

Brigid’s House of Hope has been featured in the Laconia Daily Sun, the Union Leader, the Manchester Ink Link and the Concord Monitor (see Recent media), and highlighted as an up-and-coming organization at the New England Faith and Justice Summit on Human Trafficking.