About Melissa Hartwick

I’m a gal from Charlotte, NC who moved to Nicaragua in January of 2012 to start and run the Casa de Gozo rescue center in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

I’m a foster mom to children who have been orphaned, abused, or are at risk of trafficking, and a permanent mother to my eight year-old daughter.

I’m about loving on people who have run out of hope. I’m about sharing someone’s pain and then looking for the little joys in life. I’m about not giving up on my children.

I’m about learning to follow Jesus instead of just admiring him. I’m about raising up the next generation to leave behind American placidity and spread Papa God’s love with the people who need it. I’m about offending religion and loving on drunks and addicts.

I’m about talking and laughing with Papa. I’m about learning to trust even when I don’t know how next month’s rent will get paid.

I’m about singing and dancing and acting crazy. I’m about combing lice out of my children’s hair and killing giant ants.

And I’m about freedom. Freedom from Papa, freedom for us, and freedom for the victims of trafficking.

Casa de Gozo is a project of Back to the Roots, an organization which works to raise awareness of and help end sex trafficking worldwide.



6 thoughts on “About Melissa Hartwick

  1. I just read a book by Margaret Daley “Saving Hope” which is about sex trafficking. She would probably love to hear from you.

    This is a huge problem and as I told her (we are fellow Texans!) women are devalued in churches, and that attitude bleeds out into society and is accepted by people who do not even go to church. We must change the teachings in our churches to give women equality and then women will have a much greater voice in society.

    • I’ll have to get in touch with Margaret and find a copy of her book to read. And thank you, Shirley, for your work to change people’s views on the value of women, whether trafficked or not. Blessings!

  2. Melissa, I have a box to send you all ready to go but I can’t find your address (which your mom gave to me). I must have deleted it. Would you please let me know what it is so I can get this in the mail to you?
    Thank s a

    • Thanks so much Mary, I’m so excited! My address is:

      Melissa Hartwick
      Aquiles Bonucci, continuar 2 casas al este
      Matagalpa, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Central America.

      (the two Matagalpas are important. Like New York, New York.)

  3. Melissa — I’d like to learn more about your work in Nicaragua but the link to the Casa De Gozo website isn’t working. Can you share the updated link or info with me at Kaylee0016@yahoo.com? Thank you and God bless!

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