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Circle of Care

What do we mean by a “Circle of Care?” Some people refer to this as a continuum of care, but we like the circle analogy. We want to appropriately and sensitively surround each girl with the services she needs for her individualized healing plan. These services will be critical relational points of entry into the life of each girl in order to convey love, safety, and care. 

CIRCLE OF CARE

What do we mean by a “Circle of Care?” Some people refer to this as a continuum of care, but we like the circle analogy. We want to appropriately and sensitively surround each girl with the services she needs for her individualized healing plan. These services will be critical relational points of entry into the life of each girl in order to convey love, safety, and care. 

Psychological

The residents of The Refuge will attend one-on-one therapy sessions with a Master’s-level licensed therapist specializing in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. They will also have the opportunity to participate in group therapy with other survivors at The Ranch. The residents who need additional counseling are provided with an addiction counselor. We will offer art, pet, gardening, yoga,and equine therapy as an option, but they are not mandatory.

Social

Residents of The Refuge will participate in a wide variety of social activities, such as group outings, concerts, educational field trips, overnight retreats, youth group events and more as their plan of care develops and outside activities are appropriate to their healing progress. Our goal is to introduce and incorporate ‘normal’ teenage activities into our program based on each girl’s interests and dreams. 

Spiritual

Our staff and volunteers share a common faith as followers of Christ. While we are a faith-based organization, we will not “force” our beliefs on any of the residents. We plan to operate in a very accepting, loving, non-judgmental manner. We have a non-discriminatory policy and we provide our services to clients in need regardless of their race and religion.  Placed at various points around The Refuge Ranch will be gardens for reflection and prayer, as well as “cottage chapels.” These small, stand-alone chapels, built by residents of the Austin based Mobile Loaves and Fishes Community First Program, will be places for the girls to get away and have personal time to journal, reflect, pray, sing, etc…

PHYSICAL

Every girl who has experienced the complex trauma of repeated sexual abuse by multiple offenders needs ongoing medical care. In partnership with a local multi-disciplinary medical group, specially trained to work with survivors of sex trafficking, the residents of The Refuge will receive compassionate medical care to allow proper physical healing. In addition to helping make their bodies healthier, we want to also help make them physically stronger. An on-site workout room and outdoor challenge course, along with walking/jogging trails will help promote healthy living and stress release as they heal.

EDUCATIONAL

The Refuge is honored to be chosen as a site for a University of Texas Charter School. With this addition to our Circle of Care, the girls are ensured the opportunity to continue or re-engage their educational goals and opportunities, increasing their chance for future success. By being part of the UT Charter School System, girls at The Refuge will be taught by highly skilled faculty, staff and administrators, all required to hold special education certification in addition to subject-area certification, and training in trauma informed care specific to child survivors of trafficking.

EMPOWERMENT/JOB SKILLS/INCOME

Once residents of The Refuge reach a certain stage of healing and if they are over the age of 16, they can apply for a paid, educational fellowship/internship with local organizations with whom we are developing strategic partnerships in order for our residents to learn job skills, work ethic, and their income potential. They will learn financial management, how to work with various, sometimes difficult people, resume building, interview skills, leadership, and much more.

REUNIFICATION WITH FAMILY/RELATIVES

If appropriate and healthy for the child, our goal is to successfully reunite the victim with her immediate family or relatives. If the child is unable to reunite with her family, we will seek foster care through partnerships with foster care organizations which train families to care for children who are survivors of sex trafficking. If the girl is of age, we will prepare her to live independently.