Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hope House


Basic Information:
The Hope House is faith-based program.
Recognized as a non-public school, 501(c)3
Asheville, NC
Incorporated in 2004

Contact Info:
877-276-8023

Mission: to provide a place of seclusion, restoration, and healing for domestic minor sex trafficking victims (U.S. girls under 18 years old.

Programs: Voluntary program, 3 stage process, individualized plans
 Services: life skills, education, arts/crafts, recreation, group outings, professional
counseling, case management, mentorship, and health care.


uses a leased, single-family dwelling for several reasons. This arrangement
is cost-effective, flexible (we can relocate, if necessary, with minimal interruption and
expense), and it allows the program to maintain a relatively low profile in the
neighborhood (which is important for safety/security reasons).  Capacity for 4 girls at a time


use a home school curriculum called LIFEPAC8 and Switched-ON Schoolhouse9. The girls have the opportunity to participate in General Educational Development (commonly known as “GED”) preparation, which affords them the opportunity to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Fields of Hope: handmade products by clients coming soon


DMST Working Group: mission is to connect critical organizations and agencies to create a safety net and response plan that will better identify and response to DMST in NC.
DMST Working Group of NC Start-up Goals for 2011: 1) Offer monthly conference calls the last Wednesday of each month (beginning in February).  2) Offer two trainings on DMST. The trainings will be open to members of law enforcement, victim service providers, and NGOs. Training will focus on victim identification, risk factors, psych-social needs, and outreach. Trainings will be hosted by Hope House and will be conducted by a trainer from Shared Hope International, an organization leading the way in the U.S. for training first responders on the issue of DMST.

Funding:
Individuals and private foundations
Field of Hope: client products
Shared Hope International: grant for the 2009/2010 to help fund a portion of our lease for the Hope House, a portion of staff salaries, and educational/spiritual curriculum. Also been awarded a grant from Shared Hope for 2010/2011.

New Jerusalem Gifts
Hosanna Freedom Foundation
Blue Ridge Vineyard Church
Missio Dei Church
Montreat College
Ladies Circle Groups of Montreat Presbyterian
Northview Church
Westwood Baptist
Clemson Presbyterian
Woodland Hills Church
Highland Christian Church
North Asheville Baptist
Mudd Creek Baptist
Red Rover Style
A Dance For Bethany Movie
Change Purse

Through donations from private individuals and organizations. They take no government funding, nor do we charge for our program.

Suggestions for starting a safe house:
research your state laws on licensing for group homes


What have you learned thus far that has been the most difficult lesson?

The most difficult lesson we have learned is that not every victim is ready to
make a break from the life they have experienced as a victim of DMST. We have
learned that DMST victims (because of trauma bonding with their trafficker) can
actually “miss” the life and want to return to it, as difficult as they may be to
understand. It can be heartbreaking to pour time, resources, and energy into
helping these victims and then to stand helpless when they make a sudden break
to “go back.” The hardest part is learning to keep an open hand and to entrust
the girls completely to God. When THH works with a victim, we start helping them
begin to look forward and to develop plans that may allow them to achieve some
positive goals. We see so much potential in them. But they often relapse (we
suggest that you research “Stages of Change Model of Therapy” to understand).


Information taken from http://www.hopehousenc.com/ 

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