If you would like more information on our Shelter Mentorship Program, email Kim Checkeye, Director of Shelter Mentorship

Apply to the Shelter Mentorship Program


The ideal candidate for the Shelter Mentorship Program is a non-profit agency that:

  • Has valid 501(c)3 status with the Federal government
  • Has valid non-profit status in your home state
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to anti-trafficking work
  • Has some experience interacting with survivors, either through outreach, drop-in, or working alongside another agency
  • Has identified (at least) its founding Board of Directors, Executive Director, and begun strategizing its shelter program
  • Has the flexibility and finances to permit agency representatives to be away from work/home during the week-long training intensives
  • Has completed the Institute for Shelter Care Discernment Guide

The candidate agency does not need to have secured its residential property – in fact, you might change your thinking about the property you need based on the training.


The ideal candidate for the Shelter Mentorship Program is a non-profit agency that:

  • Has the capacity and willingness to begin a rigorous training program including on-site Intensives, webinars, and homework.
  • Is agreeable to/compatible with instruction taught from a Christian worldview. Candidate agencies need not operate as faith-based organizations, but the Mentees understand that the Institute and program content will be reflective of this conviction.
  • Can commit to at least 3-4 persons within your agency who will participate in the training. Each on-site Intensive allows for 2 attendees per agency, but those individuals can change over the course of the training phase.
  • Understands it will be working to build your agency infrastructure, program and community relationships concurrent with being in the training program. Mentees will need to demonstrate progress towards opening a qualified shelter program.
  • Is agreeable to track and report on organizational benchmarks providing quarterly reports to the Institute for Shelter Care.

Important Dates


Spring Cohort 2022: (Application is due January 31, 2022)
February 28 – March 4, 2022 – Intensive 1
March 21 – 25, 2022 – Intensive 2

Fall Cohort 2022: (Application is due June 1, 2022)

August 15 – 19, 2022 – Intensive 1
September 12 – 16, 2022 – Intensive 2


Spring Cohort 2022: (Application is due January 31, 2022)
April 18 – 22, 2022 – Intensive 3
May 16 – 20, 2022 – Intensive 4
Intensive 5 (Virtual) – Based on agency opening date

Fall Cohort 2022: (Application is due June 1, 2022)
October 24 – 28, 2022 – Intensive 3
November 14 – 18, 2022 – Intensive 4
Intensive 5  (Virtual) – Based on agency opening date

Tuition Fees

The Samaritan Women’s Institute for Shelter Care works to cultivate charitable support to offer institutional scholarships for our Mentees and wish for participation to come at little cost to them. While the Institute strives to provide scholarships in the highest amount, we cannot offer full scholarships. 

For more information on the tuition and scholarships available for Ministry Foundation and Program and Services, please email Kim CheckeyeDirector of Shelter Mentorship.


If you are interested in applying for the Ministry Foundation Phase, please complete Part I of the application.  If you are applying for the Program and Services Phase, please complete Part I and Part II of the Shelter Mentorship Program Application.  Please submit completed application to Kim Checkeye, Director of Shelter Mentorship.  Applying does not indicate an automatic acceptance into the program nor does it constitute a commitment by the applicant.