Out of Darkness Columbus's Crisis Stabilization Safe Home
Out of Darkness operates a crisis Safe Home for female victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation who are over the age of 17. Residents stay in the Safe Home for 2-4 weeks while attending medical and psychiatric appointments, participating in group therapy and skills-building classes, and applying for long-term programs. The Safe Home is located in an undisclosed location and accepts emergency intakes around the clock. Utilizing a team-based approach, professional staff provide trauma-informed care as they go through an initial intake, establish goals, and build an Individualized Service Plan. With a primary goal of crisis stabilization, all safe home programming, home environment, and staff methods focus on establishing safety, improving emotional self-regulation, and post-traumatic stress awareness. Practical goals often include attending court hearings, receiving medical evaluations, and procuring government identification.
A comprehensive intake is generally completed within the first 24 hours. Case managers and residential staff confer with each resident to determine the best long-term program for placement. We currently partner with existing long-term residential rehabilitation homes all across the United States. Once a placement decision is made, our Safe Home will work in partnership with that program to help the participant meet the intake requirements.
At a minimum, each resident participates in the following on a weekly basis until placed into long-term care:
4 hours of case management/mentoring with Case Manager and volunteers
4 hours of substance abuse counseling – this may be in the form of one-on-one counseling with a volunteer or with a qualified program such as NA/AA/Celebrate Recovery
Processing the past and issues of the heart – this may include assignments that will be completed independently and reviewed or discussed with the Care Coordinator or Case Manager
Discussions on Life Plan/Goal-setting and Health & Fitness
Community Service activities and household chores
Church attendance and Bible Study – full participation not always required depending on the situation and needs of the resident
Creative activities with staff and volunteer
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