The problem of human trafficking is huge, the resources are slim, and the devastation is profound. The magnitude of the problem is almost paralyzing… where do you even begin? We believe we need to begin where we are and with what we have.
For us, that’s a dream and a tea shop. We may not be able to tackle the entire trafficking industry, but we can begin to make a difference one cup, one story, one life at a time.
The seeds of HumaniTea began as passion to address the modern day tragedy of human trafficking. To that end, HumaniTea was envisioned to become a tea room and artisan gift shop that brings together responsibly sourced teas and quality gifts obtained from local and global crafters who play a role in trafficking prevention and recovery.
HumaniTea's profits are re-invested into anti-trafficking efforts. You will enjoy both quality products and the knowledge that your dollars are making a difference in a significant way.
Ultimately, HumaniTea plans to use the income from the tea room to establish a transitional independent living facility for human trafficking survivors.
Officially serving as president of HumaniTea, Inc., Carmen is a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Pretty much, she's trying to figure out how to best navigate this crazy, thrilling, terrifying ride that is HumaniTea. Carmen brings a background in education, ministry, and small business ownership to the table. She holds a bachelor's degree in Education, a graduate certificate in Missional Theology, and a master's degree in Leadership Development. In all of that, she's learned enough to know that loving God and loving people matters most. At the end of the day, that's the best contribution she hopes to bring to the table.
Chris is the vice president of HumaniTea, Inc. For years, he has nurtured a passion to address the tragedy of human trafficking and HumaniTea is one huge, scary, amazing leap toward that end. The guiding principles of his life come from Micah 6:8 which inspire him to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.
Chris enjoys a good dose of dark humor and loves to live life to the fullest. His favorite challenges begin with the words, "I'll pay you a dollar if..."
He brings a background in ministry and the domestic violence field and holds a master's degree in leadership development. At his core, he simply wants his life to make a difference in this world.
Rich is the guy who keeps us honest. As a Benefit Corporation, our proceeds are legally required to be applied to a charitable cause. Rich is the guy who makes sure we do that. We'd do it anyway, but Rich makes it official. Plus, he's an all-around quality guy who we are proud to partner with. He's a teacher, a business owner, a visionary, and a friend.