Who We Are
The WellHouse is a place extending God’s grace to victims of human sex trafficking. We provide opportunities for restoration through several levels of our program. It begins with the initial call to our crisis line. After a rescue, we employ a multidisciplinary approach as we address all areas of need while also providing a Trauma Informed Care Approach to services. This begins with offering a safe environment where trust begins to grow.
The following is a summary of what we offer:
- The Immediate Shelter (TIS)
- Next Steps to Freedom (NSF)
- Transitional Living (TL)
- Alternatives to TL
A call to our crisis line begins with an assessment to determine how the WellHouse can best help. Once the determination is made and a rescue plan is organized, the process of restoration begins. A rescued victim comes to the WellHouse via plane, bus, or personal vehicle.This process is facilitated by our Rescue Coordinator through the services of our dedicated Rescue Team. This marks an important first step towards freedom.
When a victim arrives at the WellHouse, TIS is her first stop. This phase of the WellHouse program is designed to last 30-45 days while the most immediate needs of the victim are met. These needs include clothing, shoes, hygiene items, medical care (including dental and psychiatric care), a psycho-social evaluation performed by a caring, compassionate Clinical Director, referrals to resources as needed, and restoration of vital identifications such as a social security card and birth certificate.
After a time in TIS, a rescued resident is given the opportunity to continue her healing in our long term program called Next Steps to Freedom (NSF). While here each lady continues the amazing journey to restoration that they began while in TIS. They are guided by a compassionate, caring Social Services Director in establishing an individualized case plan where life goals are established. These goals are designed to lead to true independence and include, but not limited to, life skills classes, intensive job skills training, trauma focused counseling, substance abuse counseling, educational opportunities, community involvement, and spiritual growth.
After 9-12 months, or longer if necessary, a resident who has obtained employment may be recommended for our Transitional Living program by the Social Services Director. The time in TL will continue to be monitored by the Social Services Director as well as ongoing counseling and spiritual guidance.
Military service, college, successful family reunification, and other independent living settings are a part of alternatives. The WellHouse works closely with each lady who seeks one of these alternatives, and she may continue to live in our Transitional Living home as needed while also receiving Case Management, counseling, and spiritual guidance.
With the purchase of new property in August 2016, The WellHouse began construction shortly thereafter on a new campus. Our administrative office as well as our homes will be moving the end of March 2017. We will continue the work and follow the plans God has provided our ministry. The WellHouse continues to work with other stakeholders to develop and offer a program for youth under 18 who are trafficked.