The SA Foundation in Vancouver, Canada Since 2010 this program has been used as the site of the SA Foundation’s World Services Division’s International Internship Centre where national and international leaders are trained to duplicate the program model. The Vancouver Program is an abstinence-based program and offers the following programs and services to sexually exploited & trafficked youth, women and their children in Vancouver, BC, Canada:
FIRST STAGE HOUSING
Genesis House is a program for women with children (in their care or otherwise) aged 16-29 [age exceptions may be granted] that are seeking recovery from sexual exploitation and trafficking. There are 4 long-term beds and 1 short term bed.
This unique house encourages independent living in a roommate environment. Each participant has their own bedroom and can come and go from the house freely, while respecting house rules and curfews. A volunteer house director lives in the home and provides supervision and direction, as the home is intended to be a place of healing for those committed to recovery. Participants typically live in the front-line house for a period of 1 year to 18 months.
ASK LEARNING CENTRE
Phase I – Recovery Programming & Job Preparedness
As part of the recovery program, the ASK Learning Centre is the daytime program provided to participants from Monday to Friday, 10AM to 4PM. All participants in the Genesis House are required to attend the ASK Learning Centre for the duration they live in the house. The objectives of the program are that participants will be equipped to:
- Deal with their past issues of abuse
- Deal with any current addiction issues
- Learn to engage in healthy relationships
- Learn to deal with their emotions in a healthy, functioning manner
- Improve their quality of life
- Increase their level of self-esteem
- Learn to parent in a positive manner, breaking the cycle of abuse in the lives of their children
- Increase their level of education
- Learn employability skills to move forward with positive action in their lives
The day is divided into 2 segments: Morning classes focus on job preparedness and include classes such as computers, sewing, employment readiness, financial management, and academics. Program participants are financially compensated for some of this portion of their programming to assist with their financial needs.
Afternoon classes are focused on recovery and healing through courses such as relapse prevention, practicing the 12-steps, self-esteem, parenting, anger management, etc. This is accomplished through delivery of recovery curriculum in short, interactive classes and recreational and educational outings.
While participating in the day program, participants can place their children in the onsite parent support centre free of charge.
Phase II – Employability Skills Development Program
This level of programming is provided to participants that have excelled in Phase I programming and that have a clearly defined plan to return to school or work.
The Employability Skills Development Program offers 3 levels of programming:
- Level I – 2 Months Job Shadowing 6 hrs/day, 4 days/week
- Level II – 3 Months (renewable up to 8 months) Job Training and Employment Readiness Part II training class, 6 hrs/day, 4.5 days/week (paid position)
- Level III – 2 Months Integration Program preparing for outside employment (paid position)
The end goal of Phase II programming is that participants would be equipped to begin a new career and transition off of social assistance. While in Phase II programming participants will leave front-line housing and will either join the Second Stage Housing program if they require more support or move into Independent Living.
SECOND STAGE HOUSING
The objective of this level of housing is to increase participants’ responsibility and freedom within a monitored environment while they participate in the Employability Skills Development Program and as they transition into the community at large through work or school involvement.
There is a Housing Support Worker on site, whose job is to ensure the overall safety and security of the home and to offer problem-solving assistance as needed.
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 missing life skills, with unresolved trauma, FASD or with other physical/mental disabilities).
In addition, there is one 2-bedroom suite set aside for 3rd stage housing, offering support to young moms who are ready for independence.
As of October 1, 2016 this level of housing has been launched and is reserved for participants graduating from 1st level programming.
The objective of the Independent Housing structure participants is to move into an apartment in the community at large once they have reached all the markers to ensure a successful transition to independent living. Participants may apply for a housing subsidy grant while in this phase, provided they are fully engaged in a school or work program.
The Followcare program is provided to all participants who have graduated from the program and provides the follow-up and care they need to be successful in the community at large. Invitations to events are extended, one-on-one care is provided and opportunities to lead classes and/or sponsor new program participants are created. The Followcare program is ongoing for as long as the participant is in need of extended support.
SERVANT-LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – Extra-Curricular
Once participants have graduated from Phases I and II of the program, they may choose to apply to the organization’s Servant Leadership Program. This level of programming is made available to participants who demonstrate a heart of service and a desire to give back to the program that helped them achieve their goals. This program prepares participants to join the staff of the organization in a paid or unpaid position and may include facilitating classes in the recovery day program and/or sponsoring new participants that are at the beginning stages of their recovery. This program also prepares participants to become Honourary Servants and is the stepping stone for them to become the leaders of tomorrow for the organization, enabling them to be a voice and helping hands to those still sexually exploited/trafficked at national or international levels.
CRITERIA FOR ENTRY The requirements for entry into the Genesis Program are:
- Applicant must desire to leave street life and prostitution and begin the recovery process
- Applicant must be fully detoxed
- Applicant must be willing to attend the ASK Learning Centre as part of their program
- Applicant must have a child or be working towards regaining custody of their child(ren)
We will accept women on methadone but with the understanding that they will work towards abstinence as a means to recovery. For more information or to make a referral please fill out and send in the Pre-Admission Form. You may also contact the program at the SA Foundation at: 604-568-8994 ext. 107, by cell at 778-929-2451 or by email.
This program has adopted the SA program model and is entirely funded by the SA Foundation.