Lubbock, TX–Jaime Wheeler, the Director of Survior Housing, Open Door joined the show to talk about their new program to help people who have been victims of sex trafficking. Open Door Survivor Housing is a transitional housing program proving housing with theraputic supportive services for adult survivors of sex trafficking and their children.
Launching in January of 2019 and serving the South Plains region, Open Door Survivor Housing will provide 20 units of transitional housing and comprehensive supportive services including child care, intensive counseling, life skills c lasses, and 24-hour on-call case management for periods of 6-18 months.
Many people think human trafficking is something that happens “out there” in some vague other place – maybe a major cosmopolitan city or a distant foreign country. But human trafficking is a problem right here in Lubbock.
Out of the 462 sexual assault cases reported by Voice of Hope in 2017, 69 involved victims of sex trafficking, and one fo the 434 people experiencing homelessness in Lubbock in 2017, 40% reported having experienced physical or sexual violence while being homeless. and these are just the reported numbers. The reality is that most cases of sex trafficking go unreported and many people suffer without help.
Open Door Survivor Housing provides their services for a period of up to 18 months, at NO cost to program participants. Survivor Housing provides a critical opportunity for survivors to escape trafficking, experience holistic healing, and begin to rebuild a stable and sustainable life. For more information you can go online to www.opendoorlbk.org