Although Grace House is a safe house for human trafficking survivors, providing a safe house alone is not enough to support a survivor’s healing. We believe in providing each GH Resident with mental health, financial health, physical health, and spiritual growth resources that will lead to long-term independence so they can leave behind exploitation for good. Recently we have incorporated a variety of new classes and features to our program that we have gotten great feedback on. Here are some highlights:
A local partnering nurse hosts a weekly nutrition class with the women of Grace House. She shares how to prepare healthy meals with a complete demo and is there to answer any important questions that the residents might have. We believe well-rounded healing includes nurturing the mind, body, and spirit, so this addition has been an asset to our programing.
Once a week, a local yoga instructor hosts a yoga class where GH residents participate in restorative exercise where they connect the body with mindful meditation. We have gotten great feedback from this addition from the residents and hope to continue this tradition as long as we can.
Financial Health Coaching
While we have partnered with bankers from Wells Fargo for quite some time, we now offer personal wealth management and financial health coaches for every Grace House Resident. One-on-one help goes a long way, and as two of our residents are now generating independent income from employment, financial health coaching has become a necessary addition to their programming.
All GH residents commit to staying clean and sober for the entirety of their healing in our program, so to add extra support for them to stay sober, we have added a relapse prevention course led by a local survivor leader. This will hopefully lead to making good long-term choices for their physical and mental health even when they leave Grace House.
Healing from Sexual Trauma Workshop
Many survivors suffered from early childhood and sexual abuse long before they ever entered exploitation. This workshop helps address the trauma associated with being sexually violated and exploited.
“Reclaiming Your Story” writers’ workshop deals with overcoming trauma and experiencing healing through writing. We have partnered with a local mentor to bring this narrative therapy to our Grace House Residents.
We continue to provide case management, support through our peer-led support group, Leap to Confidence employment education, and partnerships with outpatient addiction programs and trauma-informed psychotherapists. We also hope to add art therapy courses in the Fall, so please keep that in your prayers. Though it’s ultimately up to the survivor herself to work her program, we do all we can to offer any help they may need, and regularly obtain feedback from all residents to see how each program feature helps and what they may be interested in learning in the future.
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