- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - One of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi’s famous quotes, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” is a favorite saying of Penny Kay Hoeflinger.

“I want to leave a footprint on the Earth,” she said in a recent interview. “I don’t care if people know who I was or what I was, but I want to leave a legacy.”

Hoeflinger hopes that legacy will be Coffee House Farm: “A safe place for women who have been rescued from human trafficking and need a compassionate place to rebuild their lives from the trauma they have endured.”

She is in the process of raising the money to buy a 12-acre farm on Bunk House Road a little south of Kearneysville. The asking price is $389,000, and so far, she has commitments of about $200,000, but no cash in hand yet.

Her effervescent enthusiasm for the project has attracted several supporters from across the country and around the world who are helping her to raise the money.

“There would be no time limit on the length the women can stay at the farm,” Hoeflinger said. “It will be a safe, compassionate place for them to heal. There are not enough safe places that give women time to heal. Most facilities are not into long-term care. I am.”

She plans to have horses for the women to care for and organic farming, where they can cultivate their own food - and counseling services.

Hoeflinger has master’s degrees in psychology and business management with a concentration in health care systems as well as an associate degree in chemical dependency. She has been described as a natural counselor, with a knack for listening.

She also has her life experience.

Hoeflinger is a victim of rape, spousal abuse and human trafficking.

“In New Jersey, I was sold from truck to truck (at truck stops),” she said.

She also became addicted to drugs and alcohol. She has been in recovery and sober for more than 35 years. She is active in a 12-step program.

In 1987, Hoeflinger gave her life to Christ, she said.

“God was hanging onto me,” she said. “But he had to laugh sometimes at some of the decisions I made.”

Hoeflinger grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. In 1989, she came to West Virginia via Pennsylvania to take up residence in Glenwood Forest, Hoeflinger said.

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