The SA Program Model — Refuge
“I had been running for so long that when my feet touched the ground of the front line house, I knew I was home.” ~ S, (Participant)
The SA Program Model offers a long-term recovery program (3 to 7 years) for young women (16 to 29 years [age exceptions occur]) and their children who have been sexually exploited and/or trafficked, that includes increased levels of independence factored into each program phase.
1st Stage — Front Line Housing
2nd Stage — Second Stage Housing
This level of housing is particularly useful for participants that have not reached all of the markers for success in an apartment of their own and for participants who require ongoing support (i.e. participants with FAS/FAE or with other physical/mental disabilities).
The markers that indicate a participant is ready for independent living include the following:
- Participants demonstrate solid conflict management skills
- Participants have a minimum of 6 months consecutive sobriety from drugs/alcohol
- Participants have disengaged from all identified unhealthy relationships (i.e with ex-boyfriends, old street friends, etc.)
- Participants demonstrate a consistent ability to budget and save 10% of their funds
- Participants have demonstrated an openness to new ideas and a willingness to receive direction
- Participants have begun to build a new group of friends in the community (i.e. through A.A., mom and tot groups, etc.)
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