Our ministry objective with the TSW Residence is to transform broken lives into thriving members of society. Our Residence serves women of trauma and trafficking, to help them realize the full life that God has planned for their lives. Our program rests on five pillars:
- Self-Care – When life is interrupted by trauma, or good parenting isn’t in place, women may not have developed the skills to live independently and care for themselves and others. We provide coaching in the activities of daily living to encourage that self-sufficiency.
- Relational & Social- There may be weak social skills or destructive patterns that have to be corrected in order for the woman to be effective in a marriage, family, and society. Each woman is also encouraged to explore her gifts of hospitality, compassion, leadership, and service through community service.
- Spiritual - Each resident has opportunity to develop her relationship with God through Biblical study, personal reflections, spiritual disciplines, counseling, and attendance at the church of her choice.
- Academic Achievement – Each of our residents has an individualized plan for completing her high school diploma or continuing her education through community college or distance learning.
- Vocational Development – Our program offers skills development in horticulture and culinary arts curriculum to teach women the skills of food growing, planning, preparation, and service. Down the road, we hope to expand to include micro enterprises in canning and catering services which will also expand the vocational opportunities into such areas as product marketing, entrepreneurship, and event support.
In Broad Strokes…
Each woman’s development plan is unique, but our program follows these general phases:
Most of our residents come to us via referral from another agency. We work with that agency to have mutual understanding about what our program offers and together assess the fit for a prospective resident. In some cases we will invite the prospective resident to visit our estate and engage in an in-depth interview and tour to determine if this is the best program for her at this time in her healing.
For the first 40 days, a new resident is considered to be in a time of discernment. She’s fitting into the rhythms and routines, and building relationships. She’s getting some much-needed time to be still and breathe We’ll engage her in self-reflection activities and encourage her to be thinking about her past, present and future.
After 40 days, our Care Team will work with the resident to develop her personalized goals and development plan along each of our 5 pillars. For the weeks and months that follow, she will be actively working on her goals. This is a time of great exploration, learning, and growing. We’ll help her monitor progress, celebrate accomplishments, and recalibrate her plans, as needed.
As a resident reaches near-completion of her goals, we’ll begin to work with her on transition strategies, preparing her for moving from this program into either family reunification or independent living. The focus during this time is getting her personal “life needs” in order so that she can launch onto the next phase with sure footing!
We do not have a prescribed timeframe for the program. For our veteran women, often we’re working within a 4-month window. For survivors of trafficking, the timeframe could be much longer and may be two years, or more.