LANCASTER, Calif. -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a larger Lancaster location for Cherished High Desert.
The nonprofit organization houses women who were victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, or addiction.
They provide a support system at no cost, as well as employment.
"What we do here is the women work in our social enterprise,” said founder and CEO, Kate Wedell. “If they live in our home, then they are able to come here and work and we make jewelry that is sold in a fair trade catalog."
All proceeds from the jewelry comes back to the organization so they can help more women.
Cherished has a two year program that aims to help women further pursue their own education and employment.
"There's a saying that says if you want to destroy a village, destroy the women. If you want to heal a village, heal the women. I'm so happy to have such a community that wants to help work on these women and help their journey to become productive citizens," said Wedell.
In addition to support groups, women are also able to participate in other activities like yoga, dance, art, and financial classes.