What We Do
The heart of Faithful Love is to reach women who are victims of sex trafficking or sexual exploitation. Any woman who has had to sell her body in exchange for money, drugs, food, a place to sleep, or clothing has been sexually exploited. Our desire is to walk alongside these women, offering love, support, counsel, and help meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We offer a safe place for women at our “drop-in” home, open during daytime hours, where they can find rest, food, a warm shower, a laundry facility, and a safe confidential place to talk.
Our newest partnership is with Gracefull Goods. Women are taught how to make beautiful jewelry and see value and pride in the pieces they make and also in themselves as they realize they are creating something that others want to purchase. Our goal is to help women see they have talents and abilities that will provide them a means to make money other than feeling like the only way is to sell their bodies. We want all women to know that they are loved and valued right where they are. They have a purpose.
Faithful Love’s heart is to bring healing and restoration to adult women who are victims or at risk of being sex trafficked, prostituted, or exploited in Southeast Georgia.
We exist to help revitalize women who are victims/at risk of sexual exploitation throughout Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Our programs provide services that transform lives and communities through Christ-centered love and support. In connection with sex trafficking, we also find it necessary to come alongside expectant mothers and adoptive families, by continuing to support their physical and emotional needs.
Who We Are
My name is Judi Riccio and I am the Executive Director of Faithful Love. My husband Tom and I have lived in Glynn County since 1997 where we raised our three children. While together we have served the Lord through the local church and various ministries, it was not until 2011 that Tom and I had the opportunity to see the documentary “Nefarious, Merchant of Souls” directed by Benjamin Nolot, founder of Exodus Cry. This documentary opened our eyes to sex trafficking and initiated a desire in me to minister to women who are trafficked in my local community. I soon joined Carrie Murray Nellis and Beth Keen in reaching out to women on the streets who are sexually exploited. After a year and a half of doing so, and after much prayer, we felt led to purchase and open a home in the same neighborhood in order to provide more support services. Collectively we have had the opportunity of being trained with some wonderful national anti trafficking organizations: Out of Darkness in Atlanta, Georgia, Exodus Cry out of Kansas and In Our Backyard in Oregon. We follow their example of ministering Christ’s love to the broken. It is my heart’s desire to continue pursuing Christ’s passion for these ladies, to help strengthen Faithful Love through programs that are identified to bring help and healing, and continue bringing awareness and support to our community. It is a true honor to represent Faithful Love and be able to walk with some amazing women who are on their journey of healing and restoration.
Julia Williams Martin
BS Psychology, Minor Biblical Theology Toccoa Falls College
MS Clinical Mental Health Rehabilitation with Concentration in Trauma and Addiction
Certified Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-4) Administrator
Certification in Human Trafficking and Prevention through US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights
Currently working towards Licensure in Professional Counseling
Native Athens, Georgia.
Married to a US Navy Veteran
2 Daughters, five stepchildren, and grandchildren
Member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, former vestry member and clerk, Lay Eucharistic Minister for St. Mark’s Towers, Brunswick, Georgia, current board member of Hello GoodBuy Thrift Store, Brunswick, Georgia
An avid reader and antique hunter
Haleigh is Faithful Love’s Development Coordinator. She graduated from the College of Coastal Georgia in May 2019 with a B.S. in Public Management and a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership. She began as a volunteer grant writer for nonprofit organizations in the Brunswick area like Grace House, FaithWorks, and No Kill Glynn County and began volunteering her time with Faithful Love in 2019. Haleigh currently sits on the board of directors of Glynn Community Crisis Center, No Kill Glynn County, and Glynn Academy Band Boosters Alumni Committee.
Haleigh is essential in increasing Faithful Love’s organizational capacity by supporting the executive director in outreach efforts, fundraising, grant proposals, and church partnerships. Other key duties include increasing the scope of Faithful Love’s social media platforms, community outreach, and increasing awareness of human trafficking in Glynn County. Haleigh lives happily with her husband, Heath, and their rescue cat, Olive, in historic downtown Brunswick.