Tharros Place Receives Donation from Floor & Decor Worth More Than $30,000

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Tharros Place, a nonprofit providing residential services for girls ages 12 to 17 who are survivors of human trafficking, recently announced it received a donation from Floor & Decor worth more than $30,000, including $23,000 in tile and a $7,500 grant. 

“Having the support of businesses in our community makes all the difference in our success,” said Julie Wade, Executive Director of Tharros Place. “With Floor & Decor’s assistance, we were able to have our communal kitchen beautifully tiled and will use the additional funding to make Tharros Place an inviting, safe haven for our girls.”

Last year, Tharros Place opened its doors to survivors of human trafficking. This residential facility is open 24/7 and staffed by trained and licensed professionals providing trauma-informed, client-centered care to girls ages 12 to 17. The Savannah Floor & Decor Distribution Center leaders selected Tharros Place to receive the monetary and in-kind donation. 

“Through our Floor & Decor Cares program, we are committed to making contributions to organizations that impact lives,” said Sandra Wade, Senior Human Resources Manager for the Floor & Decor Distribution Center in Bloomingdale. “Our local charitable community efforts are driven in large part by our stores who choose organizations that are important to their local community, and we felt Tharros Place was incredibly deserving and doing the necessary work of fighting human trafficking locally.”

In 2022, 494 minors with an average age of 14 were identified as victims of human trafficking. Chatham County ranks fourth in the state for the number of sex trafficking cases of minors. Tharros Place’s ultimate goal is to transform those girls from victims to young women brimming with confidence, self-respect, and courage.

The issue is of particular concern for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp, who created the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education (GRACE) Commission to eliminate human trafficking as a threat to people in every corner of Georgia.