This information is to help the potential Doors to Freedom resident know what to expect. If you have any 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 residents safe and secure. We are not a lock-down facility.
During the time you spend in our program, you will get the chance to meet regularly with staff to discuss and evaluate your Individualized Growth Plan (IGP), goals and progress. During your time at Doors to Freedom, no social media or cell phones will be allowed as this is time to focus on your individual growth and to keep all residents safe.
Phase 1 – Assess: Phase 1 lasts the first 6-8 weeks of a resident entering the program. During Phase 1 of our program, the new resident 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: completion of all intake forms, Orientation/Tour of facility, review of the Resident’s Manual, Strengths and Struggles Assessment, Safety Assessment, and a Life Skills and Education Assessments. A “24 hour body check” will be done during intake and a 72 hour medical exam scheduled. (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 unique plan created for each resident by Doors to Freedom staff to help the resident fulfill her goals based on the assessment results.
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 (Younger residents may need additional time to complete their education). During Phase 2 the resident will fully join the program and work 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, the resident 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 Counseling and safety nets established by Doors to Freedom staff and here family and/or host/foster family. The policies of Doors to Freedom still apply during this phase – see Resident Manual for more information.
Education plays a major role at Doors to Freedom because it creates opportunities for a 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 goal 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 serve as the foundation for her future learning to be built upon.
Doors to Freedom offers a wide variety of elective courses such as Life Skills 1 and 2, Etymology, Physical Education, Health, and Art. During Phase 1, residents complete an assessment through Casey Life Skills. Once the assessment is complete, the Life Skills Director will individualize the order of the units to reflect the needs of the resident. The units and lesson objectives align with the Casey Life Skills Assessment and Criteria. There are seven Units total – Daily Living Skills, Self Care Skills, Relationships and Communication Skills, Housing and Money Management Skills, Work and Study Skills, Career and Education Planning Skills, and Looking Forward (goal planning). All electives are set to South Carolina’s standards and credit hour requirements.
Doors to Freedom partners with MUSC’s National Crime Victim’s Center for therapeutic services such as TF-CBT (Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) or RRFT (Risk Reduction Family Therapy). Doors to Freedom also partners with Charleston Southern University’s music program and offers music therapy to residents in the fall and spring. Another partnership we are looking into is with Cross Rails Ministries for Equestrian Therapy which is also offered through Doors to Freedom.
Throughout your time with Doors to Freedom, there will be multiple team members involved in your case, therapy, and progress through the program. These may include, but are not limited to: Doors to Freedom staff, counselors, therapists, law enforcement officials, teachers, case managers, and advocates. While working as a team with these individuals, Doors to Freedom is committed to maintaining confidentiality, which means respecting your privacy by not sharing unapproved information with people outside Doors to Freedom, while still maintaining communication that is beneficial to your growth and transformational care. You should be able to feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings with your team. These people are here to support you even after your graduation from the program.
You will also be able to participate in Personal Growth with one of our staff. This person will serve as a mentor to you, supporting, encouraging, challenging, and guiding you throughout your time with Doors to Freedom. Your Personal Growth mentor will be committed to you wholeheartedly. Doors to Freedom will strive to match you with a Personal Growth mentor that you will be able to connect with. You will spend time with your Personal Growth mentor weekly, and they will be available to you by phone should you need someone to talk to.
At Doors to Freedom, we desire that you experience a new life, restored hope, and a beautiful future. We will work with you to experience healing from your past experiences, while not letting it define you. We will also help you to create new habits to move forward toward a good future. Part of that process involves your commitment to actively engage in personal growth and if recommended, individual therapy. We also offer the arts, recreation, and music therapy.
*See Resident Manual for additional information.
Monday – Friday
7:00am – 8:00am Wake Up, Shower, Dress, Personal Chores
8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast Prep, Eat, and Clean-up
8:30am – 9:00am House Huddle
9:00am – 12:00am Class Time
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Lounge
1:00pm – 4:00pm Class Time
4:00pm – 4:30pm Snack and Social (kitchen only)
4:30pm – 5:30pm Homework
5:30pm – 6:00pm Meal Preparation, Chores
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm – 7:30pm Meal Clean Up, Chores
7:30pm – 8:30pm Special Group Workshops (volunteer, special guest, or staff: arts, life skills, education, physical education/exercise, health/nutrition, heart talk, etc.)
8:30pm – 10:00pm Free time (Including Relaxing/Low-Key Activity, Homework, Exercise, Shower, Phone Calls) and/or House Time in Living Room
10:00pm – 10:30pm Personal Reflection/Quiet Time (Friday Quiet time 12:00am)
10:30pm Lights Out (Friday lights out 12:30am)
**Friday Schedule school schedule will vary based upon individual needs
11:00am (or earlier) Wake up, Shower, Dress, Make Bed, Breakfast/Brunch
12:00pm – 5:00pm House Activities, Free Time, Equine Therapy, Outings, Lunch, Visitation, Laundry, Chores, Special Group Workshops
5:00pm – 6:00pm Meal Preparation, Chores, or Life Coaching
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner, Clean Up
7:00pm – 10:00pm Creative/Game Time or Movie Night
10:00pm – 10:30pm Quiet Time
10:30pm Lights Out
Morning Wake Up, Shower, Dress, Make Bed, Breakfast, Church
1:00pm – 5:00pm House Activities, Free Time, Outings, Lunch, Visitation, Special Group Workshops
5:00pm – 6:00pm Meal Preparation or Personal Growth, Tutor, etc.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner, Clean Up
7:00pm – 10:00pm Prepare for next week, Tutoring
10:00pm – 10:30pm Quiet Time
10:30pm Lights Out