The WellHouse began with our founder, Tajuan McCarty. She worked with The Samaritan Woman Ministry offering aid and prayer to women being prostituted in the Woodlawn community of Birmingham, Alabama. However, there were no shelters accepting these women into care. Tajuan conceived the idea of a home with no prerequisites or requirements, other than being a victim of sexual exploitation. The WellHouse was born from this vision.
The WellHouse is a faith-based and Christ-centered, nonprofit organization offering immediate shelter and long term housing to women who have been sexually exploited through human trafficking. Food, clothing, spiritual guidance, medical assistance, Christian counseling, and other necessities are provided, along with assisting with referrals for substance abuse treatment, if needed. Life skills classes, GED preparation, job skills training and other enrichment services are part of the experience to help these women become self-sufficient and give them a sense of self-worth. The goal is for women to recover full and productive lives and experience true healing and restoration.
Few Shelters Exist for Sexually Exploited Women
The WellHouse is the only 24-hour shelter offering immediate housing assistance to women being prostituted in the Southeast. Other shelters have entry requirements that undermine a woman’s access to an immediate, safe environment. The road blocks are things such as state identification, proof of homelessness, and other prerequisites. These victims have been stripped of these from those who abuse them. The WellHouse does not require qualifying information. Our program assists in obtaining the identification and documentation they need to rebuild their lives.
Safety is an Ongoing Concern
Exploited women cannot experience personal progress and future success if their safety is in question or jeopardized. The length of time in the program is guided by safety and individual needs, since most residents have no other resources available than those provided by The WellHouse.