Training families for long-term residential care for survivors.
In May 2021, HER Campaign established a Transitional Living Program for adult women survivors of human trafficking. This home serves 4 women at a time, including women with children for up to 2 years while they work towards economic independence.
TRANSITIONAL LIVING FACILITY
According to the National Landscape Map by The Institute for Shelter Care (The Samaritan Women 2021, https://thesamaritanwomen.org/shelter-map/), there are only 213 active shelter programs throughout the nation providing specialized care for survivors of human trafficking. Within these programs, only 48 serve women and children, making this the greatest demographic of need throughout the U.S.
The Marly House is our Transitional Living Program for adult women survivors of human trafficking. This home serves 4 women at a time, including women with children for up to 2 years while they work towards economic independence. Our Transitional Living Program will help women continue in healing through counseling and community activities, while promoting reintegration into society through parenting education, job training, and employment opportunities. Residents are encouraged to start a savings account and learn budgeting and financial investment to help set them up for success once they step into a place of their own.
INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY INTERVENTION
At the Marly House, one of the heart beats of this facility is equipping survivors to pour into survivors. Mentorship assignments will be given pairing a Transitional Living Resident with Emergency Shelter Clients for weekly and as needed life navigation sessions. This mentorship model applies the “each one, teach one” approach to support. These meetings may include training on basic needs, support in meeting goals outlined during case management sessions, personal development in education, parenting, and/or more basic skill building such as reliability and punctuality.
Community events also occur for Transitional Living Residents and Emergency Shelter Clients to participate in intentional community living. These events include meals, seasonal projects, life skills classes, working in the gardens, art therapy, and community outings.
The Marly House is a 6,400 square feet 3-story facility located on 1.5 acres in a calm, residential area outside a small Montana town. The property includes an art therapy studio, multiple vegetable and flower gardens, fruit trees, playground area, and is zoned for animals.