About Us

The Jacobs family has been supporting and volunteering at local charities for many years. Through working with and doing research for various programs, they gained a greater understanding of the evil that is human trafficking and how prevalent it is in the United States and specifically Ohio. 

In August of 2012, at the NEO Human Trafficking Symposium at Notre Dame College, multiple agencies were represented such as The Department of Homeland Security, The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, FBI Task Force and many others. Every agency stated that their biggest challenge was finding shelter for women once they were rescued.

In seeing this great need, the Jacobs family felt it was their calling to begin to meet this need. Their passion to help these women led them to found The Lioness Foundation, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is their vision that this will be the first of many homes to care for victims of human trafficking in Northeast Ohio.

Our name, The Lioness Foundation, was inspired by the painting below:

This painting is by Ken Petranek, with the following inscription:

"Now is the time for the women warriors to come forth.  Among lions, it is the females that are the business side of the pride.  Most often, that is the case in the Kingdom of God...This painting is my tribute to them.  In the lioness’s forehead is the feminine Hebrew word tsaw-baw, which is war, or summoned for the appointed time of war."

We believe it is time to go to war for this group of women and children who have been forgotten by so many others.  We hope you will join us in this battle for humanity.

Photographs were donated by Digital ADD