Our Shelter Mentoring Program is a multiphase program lasting from 36 to 48 months, constituting a committed relationship between a Start-up agency (the “Mentee”) and the Institute. Our shared goal is to see the launch of a successful shelter program in its location, catering to the unique demographic, cultural, and victimization factors for that area. Our 2019 cohort has completed the “Training Phase” of our program and are entering the “Launch Phase.”
Freedom and Restoration for Everyone Enslaved (F.R.E.E.)
Freedom and Restoration for Everyone Enslaved (FREE) is a non-profit organization in Berks County, PA, and one of our mentees for the Institute’s Shelter Mentoring Program. Since FREE has been part of the 2019 training program they have opened a women’s drop-in center in downtown Reading, PA, and preparing the way for an Emergency Shelter for victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
“We know we are learning from the best. We cannot wait to open our home and serve these women as they take steps toward healing and restoration. We believe together we can all play a part in setting the captives free!”
Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA-HTI)
The Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA-HTI) started as a grassroots movement of trafficking awareness education in Loudoun County, VA and became an official nonprofit agency in 2014. Led by Executive Director Kay Duffield, NOVA-HTI has been operating a resource center for trafficking survivors since 2017.
The vision to one day open a residential program began in late 2017, and NOVA-HTI became a Mentee of the Institute for Shelter Care in 2019. Preparation for their Stabilization Shelter Program are well under way as they continue to be mentored by the Institute for Shelter Care.
“The Samaritan Women has a proven track record in providing excellent services to trafficking survivors and we strive to follow their example. We are grateful to have leaders in this field to mentor us each step of the way.”
Julie Crain recalls when she was first exposed to human trafficking during a video presentation at a Christian conference about life in a brothel. In the years following, she took two mission trips where she cared for women in aftercare programs for human trafficking. Through those trips, God began to impress upon her the need to establish a safe place for women, so in 2017 she began to put together her team. Last year, Harriett’s House was accepted into the mentorship program of the Institute for Shelter Care and is a member of our 2019 cohort. In the Fall of this year they began serving women in their a drop-in location in Cambridge, MD. “We are in the beginning stages of our journey, and the mentoring and training program has connected us to a wealth of resources and incredible training,” notes Julie.
“Through this partnership, we will be equipped to start and run a shelter with excellence and learn from those who have gone before us.”
Garden Gate Ranch
Des Moines, IO
Brenda Long describes her calling into ministry as “undeniably supernatural.” As Founder and Executive Director of Garden Gate Ranch in Iowa, Brenda sees how God was leading her into this ministry long before she knew what He had planned for her. After a long season of personal and family trials, God laid it on her heart to open a home for women who have been sexually exploited through a promise to her that He had already “prepared everything she needed, even before she knew she needed it.” Garden Gate Ranch became members of the Institute for Shelter Care’s 2019 shelter mentoring program cohort after hearing about the program at the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance conference. They recently closed on their first property in Iowa on June 26th with plans to open a restoration home for exploited women with children. “I feel completely confident in the training we are receiving through the Institute and that Garden Gate Ranch will be off to an amazing beginning due to the sacrifice of this organization,” Brenda comments.
“It has been amazing to learn from those who dug out the trenches and are willing to let us stand on their shoulders.”