Who Are We?
We are a local faith based charity, in Reading. Our heart is to support women who are sexually exploited; working with them to break free from the cycles of abuse, poverty, and addiction
Our staff and volunteers offer befriending, advice, and opportunities for positive change to those working in street prostitution in the Reading area. Our service values each client as an individual, and we adopt a holistic, person centred approach in order to support them in all aspects of their lives to help facilitate the best possible outcome. This is achieved by actively reaching out to this ‘hard to reach’, vulnerable, disadvantaged client group through both daytime support and night time outreach, meeting clients ‘where they are’. To read more about this click here.
What We Value
Rahab does not exist to ‘fix’ people, we are instead here to serve. We achieve this by offering befriending and support; we seek to open up opportunities and restore all hope and belief. Motivated by compassion, we recognise the inherent value of every individual.
“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
Jesus loved the marginalised and the misunderstood. He spent time with people who were excluded from society and He created opportunities for change. All of our volunteers and staff aim to follow Jesus’ example, seeking to reflect that inclusive nature and compassion to those we serve as we recognise each person’s value.
The women we meet are intelligent, interesting, and appreciate interacting with us. For us being able to share in conversation with them, in a world where they are often thought of as objects, is a God-given opportunity to share His grace.
Rahab began when 3 people independently contacted the National Christian Alliance on Prostitution (NCAP, now called Beyond The Streets). In the same month, local police asked the Mustard Tree Foundation’s CEO if support could be offered to women involved in on-street prostitution, helping break the cycle of re-offending. People from local churches and Christian social action organisations formed the Steering Group, and night outreach started in November 2005. Over a decade later, we’re still predominantly a voluntary organisation for night outreach and now offer day-time support, key-work and advocacy, partnering with other local organisations.