Sparrow Place will be a Christian based voluntary stay residential program for women between the ages of 18-40 who are survivors of domestic sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation. When a woman leaves our care, our goal is not that she simply survive, walking wounded, but that she is equipped with the education, skills, awareness, and self-worth to succeed - whatever that looks and feels like to her. Our vision is to provide academics, career-services, life skills, fitness/wellness, creative classes...as well as necessary individual and group therapy.
We can provide the basic necessities of survival – safe housing, food, clothing…we can even go further and provide education, vocational training, programming (ask us about movie nights!)…but we can’t provide the hope of recovery if we don’t recognize and attack the lack of self-worth and fear that steer the decisions of our girls. There is no recovery unless there is a conscious choice to recover and the fact is, many survivors make the choice to return to The Life.
Why? It’s due to a number of factors - shame, hopelessness, fear for their own safety and the safety of their loved ones, traumatic bonding and deep loyalties for their abuser, the normalization of exploitation, and the truth that many survivors of human trafficking don’t view themselves as persons of value unless they are being sold for profit.
At Sparrow Place, we want our girls to know, through us, that God will not only provide for them, he knows and loves them. Matthew 6:26 reminds us that worry is the absence of faith. Imagine digging a hole in the sand – if you don’t fill the void with a replacement, it’s going to refill with sand. To replace fear, we offer the knowledge of faith. To replace emptiness, we make it known that as God values the sparrows, so he values us – ALL of us. We'll be here to fill the voids and give our girls reasons to stop running.