Woods Coffees & Teas

Have you ever wondered if slavery is involved in the production of the coffee or tea that you drink?  The product lines of many products involve several steps from start to finish.  How can we be assured that our favorite hot beverage is slave free?

Digging around on a website may reveal the information - or lack thereof - about policies and procedures a company follows to prevent trafficking in their products.  At other times, a simple email to the company may result in the information you seek.

Wes Herman, CEO of Woods Coffee, answered my email query about the status of their coffee with an almost immediate reply.  Regarding their coffee he said, "We establish relationship directly with the farmers and know their practices and yes, these farmers are all slave-free operations. As for other products,  we make all our own food and buy misc products from various U.S. suppliers who have long standing reputations of slave-free practices."  

Wes also said he would check on the status of the teas they purchase from Spice Hut and within 24 hours he relayed this statement from Spice Hut, "Thank you for the email, you can assure your customer that Spice Hut does not and will not do business with estates, gardens, farmers, brokers, or suppliers who do not comply with Fair Trade Policies.  Many of our suppliers carry certified accreditation from agencies such as Fairtrade, and Rainforest Alliance and other such agencies dedicated to safe labor practices, community development and support for sustainable farming practices in growing regions."

In addition to ensuring slave-free products, Woods Coffee is also a strong supporter of Engedi Refuge Ministries and Rebound of Whatcom County.  We salute Woods for working to make a difference both locally and globally!
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


LEARN MORE

Costco has a strong policy statement regarding human trafficking . Click HERE to learn about their policies and procedures and how they evaluate supplier compliance.

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

 

What: Freedom Sunday 2018
When: 
September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King

What: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation.  Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA

What: Hope4Justice Quarterly Public Meeting
When: 
October 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA

 


TAKE ACTION

Prostitution isn't fair trade.  Sign the change.org petition against sex trafficking HERE!
 


JOIN US


Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  We'd love to have you join us!

See details in the "Happenings in Whatcom County" section.

Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left

This is how it works... Working together to fight trafficking in Whatcom County

In early June we wrote an email titled, "9 Mobile Apps Parents and Others Should Know About."  One of our readers, Kay, got back to us this week to share how that info is now being used at Peace Health Pediatrics!

Kay said, "I’m so thankful for these emails, and feel empowered when I am able to pass on the info. I work at PeaceHealth Pediatrics and was recently able to pass on the info about the “9 Apps Parents Should Know About.” I asked if we could include that info in our quarterly clinic newsletter. But our lead physician had concerns that getting the info out that way may backfire on us. She could see a young person getting ahold of the newsletter and learning about the apps for possibly the first time and use them.

She really liked the info though and wanted to get it into the hands of the parents. So she talked with the marketing team, they contacted the sheriff's dept in FL that put out the info to get their permission to use it. They made a very nice flier and now our pediatricians have it as a resource to give their families when they come in for appointments!

I was so excited to be able to pass on the info and just wanted to share!  Keep up the good work! Awareness is key! One our lead nurses said “I looked at these apps and had no idea! It’s shocking!”


Kudos to Kay for sharing the "9 Apps" info with her worksite!  

Increasing awareness by sharing information and figuring out how it can best be used to help safeguard our youth from predators -- that's how everyday efforts make a difference.
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/

 

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

 

When:  Tomorrow, August 20, 2018at 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King, Family Room
What: Awareness NIght to learn about trafficking and how pornography fuels trafficking.  Presented by Men of Dignity -- open to all, ages 13 +

When: September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King
What: Freedom Sunday 2018

 

TAKE ACTION

Prostitution isn't fair trade.  Sign the change.org petition against sex trafficking HERE!


JOIN US

The next public Hope4Justice meeting will be on October 16, 2018.  Details to come!

Your church can rescue slaves. Freedom Sunday 2018 is September 23rd

Internation Justice Mission has set September 23, 2018 as Freedom Sunday.  Now's the time to talk with your church leadership about joining in the Freedom Sunday effort.  IJM's website says: "Freedom Sunday is an invitation for your congregation to learn about slavery and partner with IJM to end it. Dedicate Sunday, September 23 (or pick another Sunday that works for your church!) to ending slavery, and your church can help send rescue to every child, woman and man living in slavery."


IJM further explains: "When your church hosts Freedom Sunday 2018, your congregation will: 

  • SEE THE PROBLEM OF SLAVERY.Slavery still exists. With more than 40 million slaves in the world today, it’s worse than ever.
  • UNDERSTAND GOD’S HEART TO END IT.Your church will learn what it looks like to “seek justice and defend the oppressed” in our world.
  • JOIN THE FIGHT.Invite your congregation to join IJM as Freedom Partners in the fight to end slavery—until all are free!"

Increase awareness and mobilize your congregation!  All the tools you need (video, handouts, promotional items and more) are available at https://www.ijm.org/freedom-sunday-2018/
SAH


Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


ANYONE & EVERYONE CAN HELP


"Postal Worker Called a Hero"


8/4/18: Fox News reports: "A California girl who claims she was trapped in a world of sex trafficking until recently credits a South Sacramento postal worker with her rescue."  Read the storyHERE.


JOIN US

The next public meeting of Hope4Justice will be in the fall of 2018.  The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.


TAKE ACTION

Prostitution isn't fair trade.
Sign the change.org petition against sex trafficking HERE.


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


When: August 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King, Family Room
What: Awareness NIght to learn about trafficking and how pornography fuels trafficking.  Presented by Men of Dignity -- open to all, ages 13 +

When: September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King
What: Freedom Sunday 2018