Lila Mae’s News

credit: Tim Hynes

credit: Tim Hynes

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Sioux City Journal - Lila Mae’s house offers hope for sioux city sex-trafficking survivors

August 8th, 2019

The Sioux City Journal visited Lila Mae’s House and learned about our vision for restoring lives. Lila Mae’s House will offer more than just a home, we offer a place for survivors of sex-trafficking to heal and learn skills to help them become independent, self-sufficient and empowered women.

Check out their article and see what they had to say!


Sisters of St. Francis Support Lila Mae’s House

July 2019

Lila Mae’s House is honored to receive a grant from Sisters of St. Francis to support our executive director position. Their support brings Lila Mae’s House one step closer to opening our doors and restoring lives. Sisters of St. Francis are committed to making peace and living non-violently, leading them to denounce and take action on the issue of sex trafficking. We thank the Sisters of St. Francis for their support!

KMEG Covers our Home for Survivors of Sex Trafficking

July 29th, 2019

KMEG visited Lila Mae’s House and highlighted our progress towards opening our doors. We’re almost finished with the house, now we need your continued support to bring on staff. Donate now to help us hit our goal!

United way of siouxland awards focus grant to lila mae’s house

Sioux City, IA Release: July 25th, 2019

We are thrilled to announce Lila Mae’s House has been selected as a recipient of United Way’s 2019 FOCUS grant award! This grant brings us one step closer to opening our doors. Click our Donate button above to help us get the rest of the way!

Lila Mae’s House Announces Executive Director

Sioux City, IA Release: July 24, 2019

Lila Mae’s House is excited to announce Marit Westrich as our new Executive Director! Marit will lead the day-to-day operations and administrative functions of the organization as we prepare to open our doors this Fall. Lila Mae’s House’s will provide a safe, healthy environment where adult survivors of sex trafficking can rest, heal, recover and develop life skills to become empowered, independent and self-sufficient women.  

“I am honored to be a part of an organization that focuses on restoring dignity and delivering high-quality care to those who need it most” said Westrich.  “Lila Mae’s safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment is vital for healing. Siouxland will now have a place for survivors of sex trafficking to recover and rebuild.”

Marit brings a wealth of residential living, program development and operational management experience to the position. Preceding her role as Executive Director, she led the Human Resources Department at Goosmann Law Firm. She also spent nearly a decade with Boys and Girls Home and Family Services. Inc in many roles; most notably Program Director for the youth residential program and Human Resources Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work through the University of Iowa.

KCAU Spotlights Lila Mae’s House

July 18th, 2019

KCAU’s Marina Bach shared the work being done - and the work still to do - to bring Lila Mae’s House to life. Check out her coverage of our story here.

KTIV Sheds light on sex trafficking in siouxland

July 13, 2019

With the recent news of a case affecting a young woman in Sioux City, KTIV invited us to speak out on the issue of sex trafficking in Siouxland. Check out their story here.