Shelter Mentorship Program

It’s well established:  we have a national deficit in housing and restorative care options for victims of sexual exploitation.  We invite you to visit our Shelter Landscape page to learn more. Providing 24/7/365 care for a traumatized population is hard enough, but too many shelters are failing for other reasons. Based on our research and anecdotal evidence, the most common areas of shelter closure include: (1) staffing, (2) financial stability, (3) lack of program, and (4) leadership.  We can do something about these challenges.

The Samaritan Women – Institute for Shelter Care has developed a shelter training and mentorship program for new and existing shelters, to increase their stability and effectiveness.  Our goal over the next 5 years is to establish new shelter programs, and equip existing shelter providers so that ultimately, many more survivors have access to qualified, compassionate care.

What does the Shelter Mentorship Program have for you?

Our answer depends on where you are in the process of offering shelter care.

1.) Are you thinking about responding to the call to serve victims of exploitation/trafficking?

  • The Lord often chooses those whom the World would call unqualified. We invite you to spend time with the call stories of those who have gone before in this work.

 2.) Are you part of a new organization?

If you have formed your initial planning team, secured your 501(c)3 status, begun asking people to serve on your Board of Directors:

3.) Are you part of an EXISTING SHELTER or ORGANIZATION?

  • Perhaps you have an existing shelter, Board of Directors, leadership, and funding, but you’re not satisfied with your outcomes. Maybe you’ve had one too many challenges and you’re ready for a reboot. Or perhaps you have been operating some other form of victim services and are ready to move into shelter care.
  • Applicants interested in skipping Ministry Foundations and going directly to Program & Services will need to complete the following:
    a. Demonstrate stability in your governance, leadership, finances, and fundraising
    b. Satisfy the Institute’s prerequisites
    c. Complete all sections of the Shelter Mentorship Program Application 

    d. Complete an interview before being accepted into the Program & Services Tier

     

    Please contact Kim Checkeye, Director of Shelter Mentorship if you have any questions.

The Shelter Mentorship Training Curriculum is made up of two tiers – Tier 1: Ministry Foundations and Tier 2: Program and Services.

Tier 1: Ministry Foundations

Ministry Foundations is prerequisite for all start-up agencies. This tier is designed to provide the emerging shelter with the knowledge and tools needed to establish their organization on a firm foundation. Ministry Foundations should be taken at least 18 months before the Shelter plans to open.

This tier includes 2 week-long training intensives held at our campus in Louisville, KY, homework, and monthly check-ins. This tier includes topics such as mission clarity, program definition, governance, compliance, ethics, financial management, budgeting, fund-raising, facility selection, security, and staffing strategy.

During these intensives, Mentees are building their operating infrastructure, raising funds, securing their property, and developing their policies.

MINISTRY FOUNDATIONS RESOURCES

As a Mentee in this tier, you will receive:

  • 75 hours of classroom instruction at our Louisville, KY location
  • Access to our Learning Management System with a library of over 270 courses, resources, and templates
  • Monthly check-ins via web conferencing with Institute Mentors
  • Early access to our independent research findings
  • Dedicated webinars for mentees and National Leaders Forum   

If accepted as a Mentee, you will be granted two seats for each on-site training. Your two designated representatives must commit to attending each full week of training. Ministry Foundations is best suited for your Executive Director and a Member of your Board of Directors to attend.

Applicants interested in skipping Ministry Foundations will need to satisfy the Institute’s prerequisites and complete an interview before being accepted into the Program & Services training.

For more information on tuition and scholarships that are available, please email Kim Checkeye, Director of Shelter Mentorship.

Tier 1: Ministry Foundations Training Schedule

Spring Cohort 2022: (Application is due January 31, 2022)

February 28 – March 4 – Intensive 1
March 21 – 25 – Intensive 2

Fall Cohort 2022: (Application is due June 1, 2022)
August 15 – 19 – Intensive 1
September 12 – 16 – Intensive 2

Tier 2: Program & Services

Program & Services is our curriculum to help you serve victims of exploitation well. This tier includes topics such as victimology, trauma-informed care, therapeutic interventions, the TSW Care Model, case management, service partners, volunteer management, and more.

Between each Intensive, the Mentees are to be defining their client base, developing internal systems, designing your program, producing your internal documents, hiring and training your team.

PROGRAM & SERVICES RESOURCES

As a Mentee in this tier, you will receive:

  • 90 hours of classroom instruction at our Louisville, KY location and 30 hours of virtual training through our Learning Management System
  • Access to our Learning Management System with a library of over 270 courses, resources, and templates
  • Monthly check-ins via web conferencing with Institute Mentors
  • Early access to our independent research findings
  • Dedicated webinars for mentees and National Leaders Forum

Tier 2: Program & Services Training Schedule

PROGRAM & SERVICES will be offered according to the following schedule. If accepted as a Mentee, you will be granted two seats for each on-site training. Your two designated representatives must commit to attending each full week of training. This training is best suited for your Executive Director and Program Director to attend.

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

Applicants interested in skipping Ministry Foundations will need to satisfy the Institute’s prerequisites and complete an interview before being accepted into the Program & Services training.

For more information on tuition and scholarships that are available, please email Kim Checkeye, Director of Shelter Mentorship.

If you are interested in applying for the Tier 2: Program and Services training, please complete Part 1 and Part II of the Shelter Mentorship Program Application. Applying does not indicate an automatic acceptance into the program nor does it constitute a commitment by the applicant. Please contact Kim Checkeye, Director of Shelter Mentorship if you have any questions.

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Data as of December 2020

“As we are preparing to open an emergency home for women coming out of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, we are beyond grateful for the mentorship, support and love we have received from The Samaritan Women.  To say we are blessed to be a part of their 2019 cohort is an understatement.  We value their wisdom, expertise and professionalism.  They have paved the way for shelter-care, and we know we have learned and will continue to learn from the best of the best!”

Andrea McHenry

Executive Director, FREE

“Being a part of this mentorship with The Institute has been a pure honor, as we have learned from the best in the field. The impact has touched every part of our organization from the board, financial management, survivor services, communications and fundraising. Top notch training from top to bottom. The staff is highly professional mixed with true humility as they share the highs and the lows of their experiences of running a successful shelter program.”

Kay Duffield

Executive Director, Reset 180 (formerly NOVA-HTI)

“I can’t say enough regarding the blessing we received as being one of the organizations allowed to be part of the cohort at The Institute of Shelter Care 2019. Our team arrived with great excitement and expectations and returned with an abundance of actions to be implemented in our organization. We have received a century of knowledge and impartation from Jeanne and the team at TSW and friends for life. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the field.”

Brenda Long

Executive Director, Garden Gate Ranch