Jonathan first traveled to India in 2005 with his daughter, Kelli. Over the next decade he returned to India on numerous occasions to help oversee a comprehensive faith-based ministry dedicated to community development and various humanitarian outreach programs that included a residential school for children, a vocational training center, clean water projects, sewing centers, widows’ assistance programs, a medical clinic and more.
In March 2013 he traveled to India with a Colorado-based non-profit which had been dedicated to rescuing underage girls who had been forced into the international sex trade. During that trip, he participated in an undercover sting operation where a 12-year-old girl was being sold by a trafficker to a pair of undercover policemen. It became apparent that girls who were rescued from the brothels and dance bars, some as young as 8-years old, usually had no place to go for help and would often return to the sex trade in order to survive. Heartbroken, he could not help thinking of his own daughter and how he would have done anything to give her the chance to escape the horrors of sex-trafficking a start a new life.
Two quotes came to Jonathan’s mind. One was from Dorothea Dix…”In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.” The second was from William Wilberforce… ”You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
Jonathan subsequently founded New Horizons House in October 2013 to establish a holistic, state-of-the art residential aftercare facility which would provide hope and restoration to these victims.