Roadmap to
Shelter Planting

So you want to plant a shelter?   

We’ve gathered and created resources to help you on your journey to starting your own shelter.  Explore these tools to find out more about the field and what it takes to create a qualified residential program for survivors of exploitation.

Learn about Yourself

You’ve heard the call to work in shelter services for victims of sex trafficking, but what does it mean to say “yes!”? 

  • Download and explore our Discernment guide, “Discerning your ‘Yes’,” to learn more about how God is calling you to service.
  • Take the Grit Scale survey, designed by psychologist Angela Duckworth, to find out if you have the passion and perseverance necessary to be a shelter-planter.

Facing the darkness of commercial sexual exploitation isn’t for the faint of heart.

  • Visit our Human Trafficking Resources page to find books, documentaries, and reports that will give you a glimpse at what this nefarious act really looks like.

Learn about the Issue

Learn about the Need

You’ve heard the call to work in shelter services for victims of sex trafficking, but what does it mean to say “yes!”? 

A lot goes into creating and maintaining an organization that provides shelter-care services.

  • Read the 2017 Practices Survey to learn more about the complexities of a residential program, as well as some of the challenges faced by shelter operators.
  • For additional research reports related to residential care for victims of exploitation, visit our Research Library.

Learn about the Trade

Learn what you’ll Need

Gain an understanding of what your support and partner network will need to look like in order to serve this population well.

So you want to plant a shelter?  Here is the place to start. 

We’ve gathered and created resources to help you on your journey to starting your own shelter.  Explore these tools to find out more about the field and what it takes to create a qualified residential program for survivors of exploitation.

Learn about Yourself

You’ve heard the call to work in shelter services for victims of sex trafficking, but what does it mean to say “yes!”? 

  • Download and explore our Discernment guide, “Discerning your ‘Yes’,” to learn more about how God is calling you to service.
  • Take the Grit Scale survey, designed by psychologist Angela Duckworth, to find out if you have the passion and perseverance necessary to be a shelter-planter.

Learn about the Issue

Facing the darkness of commercial sexual exploitation isn’t for the faint of heart.

  • Visit our Human Trafficking Resources page to find books, documentaries, and reports that will give you a glimpse at what this nefarious act really looks like.

Learn about the Need

You’ve heard the call to work in shelter services for victims of sex trafficking, but what does it mean to say “yes!”? 

Learn about the Trade

A lot goes into creating and maintaining an organization that provides shelter-care services.

  • Read the 2017 Practices Survey to learn more about the complexities of a residential program, as well as some of the challenges faced by shelter operators.
  • For additional research reports related to residential care for victims of exploitation, visit our Research Library.

Learn what you’ll Need

Gain an understanding of what your support and partner network will need to look like in order to serve this population well.

Ready to start your journey?

The Shelter Mentorship Program has been developed to equip you with the tools needed to establish your shelter on a firm foundation and the training needed to serve survivors of exploitation well.