"Harbourage" safe transitional living for rescued child trafficking victims
Ark of Hope for Children proudly presents Harbourage, our Transitional Living Center as well as our Safe Shelter Community, both designed around the needs of rescued child sex trafficking victims.
Harbourage Transitional Living Center (TLC)
...of north central Florida will provide short and long term care opportunities for selected young adult males and females that were rescued as children from human trafficking or are severe child abuse survivors that had lived in and now aged out of foster care but still need help dealing with trauma that remains unresolved from their time in foster care. Within the safety of Harbourage TLC survivors are protected, nurtured and empowered in our safe home-like environment. While at Harbourage TLC assessments are made towards the best plan for their individual current and future needs.
Survivors are provided safe shelter, fresh clothing, counsel and mentoring to begin the process of undoing emotional damage done by their captors and abusers. Medical and psychological assessments are sought to create a plan for each survivor's current and future physical needs, while lawyers and police, often including Homeland Security and/or the FBI, assess how to best meet their legal needs. Ark of Hope for Children has developed a great working relationship with these and other unsung hero organizations who work to free captives from human slavery. Ark of Hope is proud to be serving alongside our partners at ChildAbuse.com to bring our Harbourage programs to reality.
Harbourage Safe Shelter Community
(plans for our long term facility have been shelved until further notice due to lack of support funding)
on the other hand, has been designed and planned by Ark of Hope for Children to provide long term shelter as an empowering safety net around rescued human trafficking survivors of all ages; from 1 to 29 years old. Harbourage Safe Shelter Comnumity is also planned for the north central Forida area. Ark of Hope researched extensively into the needs of trafficking victims and how to bring them extreme trauma to transformed lives filled with hope and bright futures. Our architecturally rendered Harbourage safe homes will be built in north central Florida.
Harbourage will meet personal and emotional needs of survivors
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2011 states, “Governments should be judged not on their response to the most “deserving” of victims, but on their perseverance with the most challenging.”
Care takers at Harbourage will act as independent guardians that will provide therapeutic daily support, listening ears, unconditional love, guidance and care. As quoted from governmental sources;
“A comprehensive response (for trafficking survivors) will include assessing and providing for any needs including physical and mental health care, food, shelter, clothing, safety planning, immigration assistance, criminal defense, repatriation, family reunification, job skills training, employment placement, victim advocacy, translation, and interpretation.”
Harbourage Shelters will be committed to stability, offering long term care and support
Ark of Hope for Children is committed to help every resident of Harbourage trafficking homes build upon their past abuse and experiences to lead success filled lives filled with faith, hope and love. We will provide designated areas for boys as well as girls.
Even though rescued from their abusers the emotional trauma is often relived every day. A human trafficking victim is often controlled by the use of physical and mental torture and forced drug use. They can suffer from depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, flashbacks, severe nightmares, STD’s and much more. Through Harbourage, Ark of Hope for Children will meet their basic and immediate supportive needs first.
“Disclosure was shown to be part of a process: it was rarely a single event. It was common for the young people to provide details intermittently, at points when they felt safe to disclose... Sometimes disclosure took several months, sometimes up to a year or more…”
The residents of the safe-houses will learn to operate as a family unit. They will be nurtured, mentored, counseled and educated by Ark of Hope caretakers that hold no age, race, sex, religious or social bias and places no limit on the duration of stay. Each resident will be treated on an individual rehabilitative basis and all are given an equal opportunity with goals to ultimately be reintroduced to a stable life.
Educational needs will be assessed, not based upon the assumed age of the individual, but based on their individual ability. Harbourage will help them complete high school or acquire their GED. Beyond high school we will assist all of our residents to advance to college, trade school or employment. All along the way we will teach appropriate independent living skills to enhance the survival skills they will have learned from their past difficult lifestyles.
Harbourage; Habilitation by Design
World government’s state that the biggest need for rescued trafficking victims is adequate safe shelter. There are far too few qualified, long term, trafficking focused care shelters for these girls and boys to go once rescued. For this reason Ark of Hope for Children has delved deeply and excitedly into a plan to build a safe harbor community for child trafficking victims rescued within the United States.
A gifted architect friend of Ark of Hope's has designed a self sustaining, environmentally sound and energy efficient facility that we are confident will achieve therapeutic healing and habilitation.
The Harbourage architectural design incorporates the following;
- A system of housing units allowing up to six survivors to live together with two house parents, per unit
- Housing units provide for family structure, with privacy allowing for reflection and personal growth
- Able to provide for care, habilitation, rehabilitation and education
- Informal in design to encourage residents to feel at home, safe and comfortable
- Additional general purpose facilities that can be used for study, training and recreation
- Able to provide home style living for youth for as long as needed until ready for independence
- Job and life skill training, along with employment assistance
Harbourage; Therapeutic Design
Psychologically speaking, each space has been organized to fit into a daily routine that allows each resident the consistency of a daily schedule; each room with a specific purpose for a specific time and leaving little to no room for aimless activity. Design wise, every day needed to be able to be centered on specific goals, where the private space supplements the public space in successfully accomplishing these goals. This structure in time and design allows for teaching Harbourage residents the benefits of a purposeful life. By teaching these young people the value of leading a purposeful life, Ark of Hope for children can help each one gradually enter into a healthier mindset that acknowledges their individual strengths.
The individual cottages at Harbourage do not encourage sedative dwelling as most traditional homes do. Second level living quarters offer basic daily activities while the bottom level allows for more leisure activities to take place. The living units do not only encourage support, but they promote productive lifestyles. At Harbourage the family does not live in only the house, but they live on the entire property.
Work and learning spaces separate from the living units allow for this daily movement and productivity to take place. Work spaces were designed that consist of several studios for various trade skills; from painting to mechanic work.
Harbourage; Ecologically Sound, Sustainable Living
A sustainable environment must make considerations for sun, shading, wind and water for climate control. Designing
so as to harvest the best of these helped create a sustainable eco-friendly, healthy living environment for the Harbourage community. By Harbourage employing sustainable practices and methods of sustainable living, a very organic system of therapy can take place. It was very important for us to employ simple, natural, and sustainable ideas that bring about pure living. By designing so the new constant that the youthful Harbourage survivors are exposed to is pure, Ark of Hope for Children provides a therapeutic, healing and nurturing environment.
The Harbourage energy efficient design plan includes;
- Passively cooled using thermodynamics to cool the interior space
- Use of natural water sources (as available)
- Rainwater retention
- Composting toilet system
- Heat stack
- Fiber cement siding
Ark of Hope for Children’s wonderfully designed Harbourage community has been rendered artistically. Now we need partners to help Ark of Hope take the next steps to make our Harbourage child trafficking community takes the next steps toward reality. We hope you will partner with us.
Harbourage residents and child trafficking survivors in general, are some of the most deserving young people any of us can imagine. Their struggles have taught them survival skills that can be shaped and honed to bring about highly successful adulthoods that build upon their past rather than falling victim to it. For that to happen, an impassioned society must step in with intentional intervention. Ark of Hope for Children has the plan and we need your help to implement every phase.
Please help Ark of Hope for Children reach these goals at Harbourage as we, “Break the chains of child trafficking to lead survivors into lives filled with faith, hope and love.”blog comments powered by Disqus