LIFE IN THE HOME

Wings of Refuge has supported many survivors on their healing journey.

The four main participant support areas include: Safety. Identity. Community. Opportunity.

Wings of Refuge is a long-term Christ-centered residential program for women who have survived domestic sex trafficking or commercial exploitation. Our purpose is to provide a loving, safe, and supportive environment to equip and empower participants to grow, heal, and attain their goals.

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Exploitation Ends with Restoration

  • Safety. Safety is our number one priority so it is vital to protect identities, physical and psychological well-beings, and personal information. We provide many levels of security within the home, creating individualized safety plans and a safe contact list. We have rigorous reference, background checks, and training for our staff and volunteers.

  • 24/7 Staff. We staff our home 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Relationships are key so we create positive memories through experiences such as: dining out, going to movies, and celebrating goals met.

  • Medical Care. Within the first 30 days, a clinical assessment will be scheduled. This exam will include an overall woman’s wellness exam, labs, and any other necessary tests.

  • Trauma Work. WOR uses trauma-informed care practices and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) with a strengths-based approach within the home. There are daily interactions, participant groups, class offerings, and therapy for trauma care.

  • Goal Setting. Individual goals are set and evaluated every 30 days. Each participant sets goals that best fit her needs and present a path for her to heal and grow into a new life of hope and possibilities. This can lead to her discovering and achieving her life’s dreams, talents, and gifting.

  • Education/Vocation. WOR collaborates with resources to meet the educational goals of participants through a variety of educational opportunities including the local High School Equivalency Diploma classes, online resources to gain a high school diploma, and/or online college courses.

  • Life Skills. WOR provides opportunities for participants to learn life skills. Basic cooking, baking, nutrition, exercise, money management, cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, gardening, boundaries, healthy/safe sexuality, media literacy, relaxation techniques, volunteering and contributing to society, sewing, art exploration, and other life skills.

  • Faith Exploration. WOR acknowledges that trust has been broken at every level of human influence for the participant choosing to heal at WOR. It is our joy to offer hope through actions of love, grace, and mercy. We tell the truth about God, who created each participant in the image of Himself.

First 30 Days in the Safe Home

 

The first 30 days of the program will be deemed a discovery period and will give time to transition and adjust to a new way of living. We will work together to make sure all of the participants needs are being met. This time also provides the participant and staff an opportunity to determine readiness and willingness to do the work necessary to recover, restore, and rise.  

  • Progress in the program will be evaluated weekly during this discovery period and determinations will be made with participant and staff regarding continuation with the program. 

  • This decision will include an evaluation of the commitment and willingness to the program. 

  • If staff and/or the participant decides it is not in your best interest to stay in the program, staff will work with you to develop a safe transition plan and exit from the program.

 

What to expect during your first 30 days:

  • Orientation to program handbook and schedule

  • Orientation to personal and home contributions 

  • Health assessment

  • Schedule wellness checks including vision and dental

  • Assess and apply for any paperwork needs (medical insurance, photo ID, birth certificate, social security card, school records, safe at home address, SNAP benefits, etc.)

  • Work with staff to adjust to program/community and begin programming

    • Daily devotions

    • Physical activity 3-6 times a week

    • 1:1 programming

    • Group programming

  • Work with staff to develop life skills not yet acquired

  • Attend initial sessions with the director, therapist, and substance abuse counselor

  • Build relationships with peers, staff and volunteers