We have two homes in Cebu, Philippines. Our first residents named their house Medad meaning “beloved friend.” The residents of our other home named it Malta as found in the book of Acts. Malta was a place of unusual kindness and healing, and God used the people of Malta to bless Paul and his companions with all they needed to continue their journey.
A new home will open in the Dominican Republic by the end of 2017.
Our goal is to launch residents into successful independent lives, focusing on transformation into the best individuals they can become. To assist residents in this pursuit, program staff provides structure as residents work toward achieving their housing and personal development goals.
Affordable and safe housing alone is not sufficient to prepare a survivor of trafficking for independent living. Therefore, we provide life skills training to guide residents in a process of self-discovery in these primary areas: money management, home life, healthy relationships and communication, health and hygiene, food and nutrition, self care, personal safety, employment, and accessing community resources.
Program staff and qualified volunteers facilitate life skills sessions through group and individual settings. We provide academic tutoring to individuals who need extra educational support.
Beyond documenting educational and professional growth, we come alongside our residents as they face the challenge of making healthy decisions on a daily basis. Residents slowly transition from self-doubt to confidence, suspicion to trust, social withdrawal to meaningful relationships. These transitions in thinking and behavior give them a greater understanding of their inherent value in this world.
Upon successful discharge from our program, our case manager conducts regular assessments with each graduate for an initial period of at least six months.