for me and my house we will serve the Lord." - Joshua 24:15
A HOPE: Our Project Participants experience a safe and supportive environment that is
responsive to each individual's need with integrated therapeutic support services
A FUTURE: Services are designed to meet the Project Participant's own aspirations
for the future and fosters their ability to reach their potential and help them make
positive decisions and healthy transitions.
A PLAN: The recovery process includes some or all of the following: love; discipleship;
physical and practical support; healing and trauma resolution; development of life-skills and
social skills; rebuilding of trust; and coping with stigma and alienation.
Talitha Cumi House
Talitha Cumi House is not just a structure or building, a program or approach;
it is a place where hope is given, healing is offered, and lives are restored.
We believe it is never too late for an individual - especially a child - to be rescued and lovingly restored
to a life filled with hope, purpose, and love. The Talitha Cumi House
is intentionally designed to provide a long-term home as opposed to an opportunity
to graduate from a program. Statistics show the majority of children
who are victims of sex trafficking, exploitation, or ritual abuse do not
have safe homes and loving families to return to once they are rescued. Trauma
specialists report that the time frame of just beginning to recover from
this type of complex trauma takes a minimum of 4 to 5 years. The first Northern Arizona
location will be the base model that provides a beautiful, serene setting offering a comprehensive,
holistic approach unique to each child, which encompasses her physical, emotional,
educational, psychological, and spiritual needs.
- Participants are free to choose (or not) Safe House placement.
- Cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution
is not a condition for placement.
- Our Safe Houses are a safe and supportive environment
where participants can meet their basic physical needs (e.g. food, warmth,
shelter, hygiene), and address their social needs to effectively make positive
changes in their lives, and prevent re-victimization.
- It is a place to heal, empower, promote and create
a sense of hope for the future, and to foster overall life changes by mobilizing
and supporting each participant's innate healing or coping strengths, and
promote each participant's own capacity for recovery.
- It is a place to equip participants with a clear
understanding of what their rights are and also to equip participants with
necessary life skills and emotional capacity which can be drawn upon to resist
and challenge alienation, stigmatism and shame.
- As every participant has experienced multiple levels
and degrees of trauma, all services and policies (e.g. discipline and other)
reflect this fact.
- We support a non-traditional therapeutic environment
(--comprehensive, active therapeutic environment involving animals, art, somatic
experiencing, movement therapies, prayer, etc.) and a family-like setting
(e.g. staff and participants have meals together, "family style" case management,
"participant driven treatment in a family setting.)