We look forward to announcing our 2021 mentees in October.

 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 this 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 trafficking?

  • The Lord often chooses those whom the World would call unqualified to do His work. We invite you to spend a little time listening to the call stories of those who have gone before in this work:  https://thesamaritanwomen.org/iamcalled/

 2.) Are you part of a START-UP?

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 program and services.  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 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 Phase

     

    Please contact Kim Checkeye if you have any questions.

INSTITUTE CURRICULUM

Our complete curriculum is made up of three phases. For more information on each of the phases, please click to expand.

 

Phase I: MINISTRY FOUNDATIONS

Ministry Foundations is prerequisite for all start-up agencies. This phase 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 phase includes 2 week-long training intensives held at our campus in Baltimore, plus webinars, homework, and weekly check-ins. This phase includes topics such as mission clarity, program definition, governance, compliance, ethics, financial management, budgeting, fund-raising, facility selection, security, and staffing strategy.

While in the training phase, Mentees are to be building their operating infrastructure, raising funds, securing their property, and developing their policies.

MINISTRY FOUNDATIONS RESOURCES

As a Mentee in this phase, you will receive:

  • 75 hours of classroom instruction at our Baltimore location
  • Password access to all video-based courses and podcasts in our Training Catalog and library of template policies, schedules, and work tools
  • Bi-weekly check-ins via web conferencing with Institute Mentors
  • Early access to our independent research findings
  • Registration for 2 persons to the SHELTERED Conference

MINISTRY FOUNDATIONS will be offered in 2021 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 the full week of training.  This training is best suited for your Executive Director and a Member of your Board of Directors to attend.

Spring Cohort: (Application is due 1 September 2020.  Notification of acceptance will be made by 30 September 2020)
March 8 – 12 – Intensive 1: MISSION AND LEADERSHIP
April 12 – 16 – Intensive 2: ASSET MANAGEMENT

Fall Cohort: (Application is due 1 May 2021.  Notification of acceptance will be made by 31 May 2021)
September 13 – 17 – Intensive 1: MISSION AND LEADERSHIP
October 18 – 22 – Intensive 2: ASSET MANAGEMENT

Participation in the Ministry Foundation Phase comes at a cost of $21,200.  While the Institute strives to provide scholarships in the highest amount, your organization will pay a program fee, even if you are eligible for a scholarship.  Program fee is $6,000 for Ministry Foundation.  To apply for a scholarship, please indicate on your application. 
 
If you are interested in applying for the Ministry Foundation Phase, please complete Part I of the Shelter Mentoring Program Application.  Applying does not indicate an automatic acceptance into the program nor does it constitute a commitment by the applicant.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Checkeye.
Phase II: PROGRAM & SERVICES

Programs & Services is our curriculum to help you serve victims of exploitation well.  This phase 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 phase, you will receive:

  • 112 hours of classroom instruction at our Baltimore location
  • Password access to all video-based courses and podcasts in our Training Catalog and library of template policies, schedules, and work tools
  • Bi-weekly check-ins via web conferencing with Institute Mentors
  • Early access to our independent research findings
  • Registration for 2 persons to the SHELTERED Conference

PROGRAM & SERVICES will be offered in 2021 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 the full week of training.  This training is best suited for your Executive Director and Program Director to attend.

Spring Cohort: (Application is due 1 September 2020.  Notification of acceptance will be made by 30 September 2020)
March 22 – 26 – Intensive 3: PROGRAM DESIGN
April 26 – 30 – Intensive 4: PROGRAM ELEMENTS
June 7 – 11 – Intensive 5: PROGRAM COHESION

Fall Cohort: (Application is due 1 April 2021.  Notification of acceptance will be made by 30 April 2021)
August 23 – 27 – Intensive 3: PROGRAM DESIGN
Sept 27 – Oct 1 – Intensive 4: PROGRAM ELEMENTS
November 1 – 5 – Intensive 5: PROGRAM COHESION

Participation in the Program & Services Phase comes at a cost of $42,700.  While the Institute strives to provide scholarships in the highest amount, your organization will pay a program fee, even if you are eligible for a scholarship.  Program fee is $9,000 for Program & Services.  To apply for a scholarship, please indicate on your application. 
 
If you are interested in applying for the Program and Services Phase, please complete Part I and Part II of the Shelter Mentoring Program Application.  Applying does not indicate an automatic acceptance into the program nor does it constitute a commitment by the applicant.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Checkeye.

 

 

Phase III: CERTIFICATION

Shelters that have completed at least one full year of direct service to survivors are eligible to pursue the Institute’s certification process.  Shelters that aspire to be certified are required to satisfy all of the training requirements, provide quarterly and annual reporting, and complete a site evaluation.  Certified shelters willingly submit themselves to accountability and oversight because their practices are above reproach and they want to be viewed as serious and credible.  For more information about the certification process, contact Karen Kutzner.

“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, 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