Massage Therapy Program Supports PATH WNY

Chair massage
Kayleigh, Stephanie and Emmaline perform relaxation chair massages at PATH

This past semester, Trocaire’s Massage Therapy program supported a local organization that works to combat human trafficking.

PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans) WNY is a faith-based not-for-profit in Buffalo with a mission to end human exploitation through awareness, action and aftercare. Through its Enrichment Center, PATH provides drop-in support services to any woman or child that has been exploited through sex or labor trafficking or is high risk.

Those services include:

  • Regular social events for clients to gather and meet other people
  • Clothing, personal care items and transportation for those in need
  • Referral services for legal counsel, shelter, behavioral mental health and medical care
  • Variety of classes, including English as a Second Language, crocheting, cooking/nutrition and tutoring
  • Various restoration modalities including art, coping and life skills building, fitness classes, hobby and craft classes, interactive play, massage, music, spiritual care and support groups
  • Meals are provided Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Firstly, several MT students visited the Enrichment Center to perform relaxation chair massages for clients.

In addition, the Massage Therapy Club collected hygiene items for those served by PATH through a collection box and an event in which chair massages were offered to Trocaire students, staff and faculty in exchange for donations of dollars or hygiene items. Through these efforts, the club was able to donate 10 grocery bags of toiletry items to the PATH Enrichment Center.

“The Massage Therapy Club would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who helped make our toiletries drive a success,” said Massage Therapy Program Director Tina Ersing. “We’d also like to congratulate Trocaire Marketing Communications Specialist Kristy Holfoth, the winner of our grand prize: a one-hour massage at The Healing Space, generously donated by Massage Therapy faculty Tina Destro.

Massage Therapy Club members show off the hygiene items collected for PATH.