This information is to help you and the potential Doors to Freedom participant know what to expect. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Doors to Freedom is a 501c3 non-profit that exists to provide a safe place for survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking to experience a transformed life. We are a voluntary program that serves females ages 12-20. Our desire is to lovingly support each girl as she overcomes her traumatic past and receives total restoration: body, soul and spirit. We are committed to providing a safe place, free of charge, that provides a consistent, structured environment.
Our organization believes truth is essential for freedom. Knowing truth and understanding truth give meaning to the value of life. Understanding your value restores dignity and offers a new perspective on life. The right perspective restores hope and allows one to dream again for her future.
We are not a “faith-based” non-profit. However, we base our program morales upon Biblical principles.
Doors to Freedom’s facility location is confidential. We will do everything in our power to keep participants safe and secure. We are not a lock-down facility.
Phase 1 – Assess: Phase 1 lasts the first 6-8 weeks of a participant entering the program. During Phase 1 of our program, the new participant will get to know Doors to Freedom while we get to know her. She will go through our complete intake and assessment process. The intake and assessment process includes: complete the intake forms, review the Resident’s Handbook, Strengths and Struggles Assessment, Safety Assessment, Life Skills and Education Assessments, and a general medical questionnaire. (Doors to Freedom is not a medical facility)
In Phase 1, the resident and Doors to Freedom Directors will decide whether or not she wants to make Doors to Freedom her temporary home. She will participate in the general program schedule that will gradually introduce and prepare her for Phase 2. In order to progress to Phase 2, a resident must show desire to work through her Individualized Growth Plan (IGP). An IGP is a culmination of the assessment results, goals the resident desires to fulfill, and unique plan created for each resident by Doors to Freedom staff to help the resident fulfill her goals.
Phase 2 – Change by Growing: The duration of Phase 2 is unique to each individual and the amount of time they need to complete their IGP. The length of this phase can last 12-24+ months. During Phase 2 she has committed to fully joining the program and working through her IGP. She will learn how to develop life-changing habits while obtaining her GED or High School Diploma. In order to progress to Phase 3 from Doors to Freedom’s program, she must successfully complete her IGP.
Phase 3 – Transition: The duration of Phase 3 is unique to the individual and can last a maximum of 6 months. A resident who successfully completes her IGP, will be transitioned back to her family or an approved foster home. During this time she will have access to resources provided by Doors to Freedom and will continue to have accountability through Personal Growth and safety nets established by Doors to Freedom staff and their family and/or host/foster home. The policies of Doors to Freedom home still apply during this phase – refer to the Resident’s Handbook.
Education plays a major role at Doors to Freedom because it creates opportunities for a better, more beautiful future.
When girls enter into our program, we assess where they are in their education. From there we create an individualized plan to help her pursue her goals of obtaining her high school diploma or her GED.
Doors to Freedom uses a unique curriculum that combines academics and methodology. The curriculum is based on physiological development patterns so that girls can master learning, critical analysis, conceptualization, and cognitive reasoning. By using this method, students learn to teach themselves with the aid of educational staff and volunteers.
Whether the student is a quick learner, a moderate-paced learner, or a slower-methodical learner, the curriculum is individualized to optimize her strengths and abilities. Diagnostic tests determine her strengths and weaknesses as well as where gaps in learning may be. We keep all of that in mind as we develop a specific education plan for each student which makes it possible for each girl to master the subject matter before moving on. Mastering concepts serves as the foundation for her future learning to be built upon.