One-Amarillo is a Faith-Based 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Ending Human Trafficking in Amarillo and Beyond
One-Amarillo was started by Patrick and Dixie Bernson. The Bernson's are originally from the Amarillo area, but moved away many years ago. They lived in a number of different cities across the southern U.S., and spent the last seven years away in New Orleans, where they were introduced to the world of domestic sex trafficking. After meeting a young woman in New Orleans who had been recently rescued from a sex trafficking ring, they recognized the need to develop an organization devoted to providing resources for trafficked people. They directed a successful ministry in New Orleans for over four years before moving back to Amarillo, where they founded One-Amarillo upon arrival in September 2015.
One-Amarillo exists to:
- create partnerships with local organizations, churches and service providers to create a safety net for trafficking survivors or those at-risk of being trafficked
- educate the population about human trafficking in Amarillo, the Texas Panhandle region and beyond
- train and equip those called to work in the prevention of human trafficking
- provide opportunities to engage and impact trafficked or at-risk individuals
- We believe that all people are created in God's image, and therefore are intrinsically valuable. (Gen. 1:26-28)
- We believe that the Church has a mandate to care for the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the prisoner. (Matt. 25:34-36)
- We believe in the power of prayer, and that prayer coupled with action can overcome great obstacles. (James 5:15-17)
- We believe faith-based organizations can partner with governmental agencies and other service providers to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to helping survivors and at-risk individuals.
- We believe people can flourish when given proper care, support and encouragement.
- We believe that each of us can and should play a role in helping our brother or sister.