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Empowering Survivors

The Premise:

Human trafficking victims are recovered with little to no knowledge of how to access immediate and long-term services to be safe and develop their lives to a level of sustainability which would make them less vulnerable to re-exploitation. Some survivors who want to leave the life of trafficking need a stable home where they can be safe and develop their lives to a level of sustainability, independence, and reduced vulnerability. Some need support and counsel as they return to homes, but need resources for trauma recovery and other services. 

The Model: 

Our services are available to all human trafficking survivors in West Tennessee: adults and minors; foreign nationals and US citizens; victims of labor, service, or sex trafficking.

The Survivor Services Team, through trauma responsive, strengths based care, assists quickly & efficiently towards short term crisis needs (food, clothing, safe shelter). The team then shifts to partnering with the survivor to holistically pursue long-term goals towards sustainable shelter, income, access to food, a support system and any extra services, i.e. mental health, medical, legal, life skills, etc. the survivor might desire.

Residential Participants: Blossom House –opened in June 2017

Blossom House(s) is the residential component of survivor care at Restore Corps. These home aims to be a safe place for a survivor’s new life to begin. Survivors typically progress through Blossom House services to independent living in a range of ten to twelve months. We have 10 beds available through our Blossom House residential component. 

Community Survivor Participants:

Many survivors served by Restore Corps live in the community. Reasons for the survivor choosing support via our community Survivor Care Coordinators versus Blossom House are many and varied. The bulk of the survivors on our caseload typically fall in this category.

Program Purpose:

The purpose of survivor empowerment is to provide immediate crisis care serving clients, as a regional navigator, providing efficient links to services in order to collaboratively meet the crisis and long terms needs human trafficking survivors in West Tennessee.

Survivor Needs - "Tell me more"

  • Relief – crisis response typically providing housing, food, and clothing. This is immediate, temporary care; sometimes provided as a first responder to a victim that will, now removed from an abuser, receive transportation back home, to family, to Blossom House or other needed housing environment, and be offered a long term advocate  
  • Rehabilitation – We provide victims a regional point of contact to long term, comprehensive aftercare for survivors - assisting a survivor’s access to primary care and transformative care. In June 2011, we launched CARE – Community Aftercare Restoration Endeavor. This CARE network gives us the ability to partner with other agencies providing critical needs – individual and family counseling, healthcare, and more. 
  • Development – the CARE network is also relevant in this phase as we work with the survivor to assess his or her needs for future development to an elevated standard of living since before exploitation. Recognizing a person is exploited because they are vulnerable streamlines us to recognize that without development in the form of skills classes, computer classes, GED assistance, ESL assistance, as well as a myriad of other potential needs, the survivor is still at risk for future exploitation.  

Blossom House

Restore Corps currently provides up to 10 specialized beds for some of the survivors in services. Some survivors have safe, sustainable housing, where others need beds and a home where they can begin a new life. Blossom House is this aspect of services. 

We named this place “Blossom House” from a scripture in the Bible we find very encouraging.

“May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains, may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field." Psalm 72:16 NRSV

Survivors being served by Restore corps need allies because violence has been done against them. “Cities” have a reputation for that – violence, crime, and selfishness – but, here, we believe people can blossom in the cities. We invite these survivors not just into this home, but also into a new story of blossoming in the city. 


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