Hopes for West Virginia Human Trafficking Refuge

“I want to leave a footprint on the Earth,” Penny Kay Hoeflinger said in a recent interview. “I don’t care if people know who I was or what I was, but I want to leave a legacy.”

Hoeflinger hopes that legacy will be Coffee House Farm: “A safe place for women who have been rescued from human trafficking and need a compassionate place to rebuild their lives from the trauma they have endured.” She is in the process of raising the money to buy a 12-acre farm south of Kearneysville, West Virginia. “There would be no time limit on the length the women can stay at the farm,” Hoeflinger said. “It will be a safe, compassionate place for them to heal. There are not enough safe places that give women time to heal. Most facilities are not into long-term care. I am.”

Hoeflinger has master’s degrees in psychology and business management with a concentration in health care systems as well as an associate degree in chemical dependency. She has been described as a natural counselor, with a knack for listening. As a victim herself of rape, spousal abuse, and human trafficking she also offers life experience.

At 65 years old, Hoeflinger’s energy is more than impressive and her passion for her mission is contagious. “I didn’t want to sit in a rocking chair and complain about arthritis,” she said. “I want to be the change.”

Learn more at John McVey’s The Washington Times article: W.Va. woman hopes to open human trafficking refuge.

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