Historic Beginnings of SA & its Program Models
The SA vision began in 1989 when the SA founder received her commission to start up a program in Calgary, Alberta that is designed specifically to meet the unique long-term (3 to 7 years) recovery needs of sexually exploited youth, women and their children. This pilot program soon grew, and over eleven years expanded into:
- 3 front-line houses
- A day program offering training in abuse and drug/alcohol recovery, and life skills development
- Related business initiatives
- Pre-employment training
- A babysitting service, and
- Transitional and Long-term Affordable Housing
The SA founder and team, considering this project’s next step of growth, founded the SA Foundation (Servants Anonymous) Canada in Calgary, AB in 1995 for the sole objective of fundraising on the project’s behalf for the purpose of developing its related business initiatives, transitional housing and babysitting service.
These business initiatives not only provided on-the-job shadowing and training to program participants, but also set the tone to envision and plan for long-term financial sustainability. In addition, transitional housing was developed to support the transition between front-line and long-term affordable housing and the babysitting service was made available for the children coming with the young women who entered the program.
The entire program was structured to provide care and services (with increased independence at each level) for up to seven years exactly the long-term approach that is needed to heal young women that are so terribly damaged!
In the year 1998, the SA Foundation began to be increasingly approached by individuals in other communities that wished to implement this recovery model in their own cities. In response to this need the Foundation modified its purpose in the year 2000 and started its World Services Division in which the SA Founder and team undertook the writing of the SA program model into training documents and set about screening and training SA charitable franchises. The first international franchise was designed to fit the needs for the recovery of sexually exploited and trafficked young women in developing countries. In 2001, the SA Foundation’s Nepali project began.
From the year 2001 to the year 2013, the SA Foundation developed its consultation model and was the catalyst in starting 2 additional recovery programs in Canada and 2 in the United States. In addition, the SA Foundation provided consultations and its program model to 3 existing organizations in Canada.
In the year 2010, the SA Foundation started its own recovery program in Vancouver, BC Canada with a dual mandate of providing recovery programs to sexually exploited and trafficked young women in Vancouver and to host the SA World Services Division’s internship centre for national and international leadership training.
The second international franchise was designed to fit the needs of sexually exploited and trafficked young women in under-developed countries. In 2013, the SA Foundation’s Hungarian project began.
The SA Foundation also developed its fundraising strategy as well as its servant leadership model.
In 2015, the SA Foundation expanded its consultation program to become a partnership agreement with existing local organizations, giving them a broader base of support from the Foundation.
From the year 2015, the SA Foundation continues to disseminate its program models, to train and mentor charitable SA franchises and to fundraise to support their development, and continue to train and mentor partners. For updates on program locations, view the Locations link on the website.