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Women exiting sexual exploitation/trafficking are provided with front-line housing. In this supportive context participants develop basic living skills. This unique house encourages independent living in a roommate environment. Each participant has their own bedroom and can come and go from the house freely, while respecting house rules and curfews. A volunteer house director resides in the home and provides supervision and direction, as the home is intended to be a place of healing for those committed to recovery.
As part of the recovery program, the Learning Centre is the daytime program provided to participants from Monday to Friday, 10AM to 4PM. All participants in the program are required to attend the Learning Centre for a minimum of nine months to one year, depending on their level of recovery. The objectives of the program are that participants will be equipped to:
The day is divided into two segments: Morning classes focus on job preparedness and include classes such as computers, employment readiness, financial management and academics. Program participants are financially compensated for this portion of their programming to assist with their financial needs.
Afternoon classes are client centred, with both individual and group focus on recovery and healing through classes such as relapse prevention, the 12 Steps, anger management, self-esteem, parenting (if required) and recreational outings.
This level of programming is provided to participants that have excelled in Phase one programming and that have a clearly defined plan to return to school or work.
The Employability Skills Development Program offers three levels of paid programming:
The end goal of Phase two programming is that participants would be equipped to begin a new career and transition from government assistance into employment. While in Phase two programming participants will leave front-line housing and will either join the Second Stage Housing program if they require more support or move into Independent Living.
The objective of this level of housing is to increase participants’ responsibility and freedom within a monitored environment while they apply to participate in the Employability Skills Development Program. There is a Housing Support Worker on site, whose job is to ensure the overall safety and security of the home and to offer problem-solving assistance as needed. Participants at this level no longer require a curfew or approved overnights, as they are now capable of self-regulation. Their responsibility will increase in that they will organize and facilitate their own house meetings for problem solving and chore rotation, and they will each take turns managing the monthly housing budget to purchase house supplies.
This level of housing is particularly useful for participants that have not reached all of the markers for success in an apartment of their own and for participants who require ongoing support (i.e. physical/mental disabilities)
The objective of the Independent Housing structure participants is to move into an apartment in the community at large once they have reached all the markers to ensure a successful transition to independent living.
Participants must apply for a training position in the Employability Skills Development programming while in this level of housing if they wish to receive continued support from the organization.
The markers that indicate a participant is ready for independent living include the following:
The Follow care program is provided to all participants who have graduated from the program and provides the follow-up and care they need to be successful in the community at large. Invitations to events are extended, one-to-one care is provided and opportunities to lead classes and/or sponsor new program participants are created. The Follow care program is ongoing for as long as the participant is in need of extended support.
Once participants have graduated from Phases one and two of the program, they may choose to apply to the organization’s Leadership Program.
This level of programming is made available to participants who demonstrate a heart of service and a desire to give back to the program that helped them achieve their goals.
The Leadership program prepares participants to join the staff of the organization in a paid or unpaid position and may include facilitating classes in the recovery day program and/or sponsoring new participants that are at the beginning stages of their recovery.
This program also prepares participants to become Honorary members and is the stepping stone for them to become the leaders of tomorrow for the organization, enabling them to be a voice and helping hands to those still sexually exploited at national or international levels.