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In 2022, 13 Residents have lived at Good Hope Farms and participated in our long-term restorative residential program, receiving a comprehensive array of supportive services in order to heal from the complex trauma caused by sex trafficking. Each day a woman was in our care, she was learning healthy coping skills, shifting her perspective about her future, and experiencing Good Hope.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the many milestones and accomplishments RSM Residents experienced this year:
After years of abuse, addiction, homelessness, and lacking proper health care, many survivors are in need of extensive medical and dental health care. However, navigating the medical system, applying for financial assistance, and seeking professional opinions for health concerns can feel overwhelming. We are so grateful for our partners in the community who provide compassionate, trauma-informed care for the residents at RSM. 

Our Direct Care Staff works diligently advocating for excellent care and walking alongside women through the whole process. It is such a joy when residents receive the gift of a new smile or treatment for ailments they may have been struggling with for years. One resident said, "I feel so much more confident!" after receiving dentures, showing that medical care not only provides physical healing, but her self-esteem and mental health benefits as well.

Along with facilitating medical care, our Direct Care Staff assists residents in obtaining legal documents in order to pursue schooling, apply for jobs, or obtain a driver's license. In addition, some women desire to pursue legal action against traffickers, or may have violations for crimes committed while under the control of their traffickers, so we are able to offer support while navigating their next steps.
Once a resident reaches a certain phase of our long-term program, she has the opportunity to pursue school or work. We provide assistance in completing applications, financial assistance, choosing classes, and even have volunteers who provide extra tutoring if desired!
Through our Social Enterprise program, all residents gain valuable job experience, learn about finances and budgeting, and are able to begin saving their earnings while still participating in our residential program.

Addiction recovery services are also a vital need for many survivors of trafficking, as they may have used substances as a maladaptive coping mechanism, substances may have been introduced as part of her trafficker's grooming process, or other reasons. Recovery meetings, working with a sponsor, and educational groups are all incorporated into daily programming for residents to gain the tools to live a healthy, sober life. We love celebrating sobriety milestones, as well as many "firsts" as a community including their first time celebrating a birthday or holiday sober, or learning to work through tough situations without the numbing effects of substances.
The goal of our long-term restorative residential program is to inspire survivors to re-imagine their lives and to empower and equip them to live healthy, financially independent, and purpose-filled lives. Throughout their time at RSM, residents are learning valuable life skills and will gradually gain more responsibility. Securing a stable job, owning a vehicle, and utilizing our transitional apartment are a few ways residents prepare to live independently.

In the last year, over half of our alumni reached out to us, some requesting support, and one woman was the first to utilize our post-graduate services including weekly counseling and case management. When looking at our mental health outcomes, residents tend to experience a decline in self-esteem and an increase in feelings of loneliness as they approach graduation. These outcomes emphasize the need for alumni to remain connected and supported through times of transition. We anticipate positive outcomes as our Alumni Aftercare Program expands in this next year.

Read more about the mental health outcomes we have measured in our 2022 Impact Report released earlier this year.
Through the generous support of this community, we are able to keep our doors open and provide excellent care for survivors of sex trafficking while stopping cycles of oppression. The milestones, accomplishments, and wrap-around services residents receive would not be possible without you!

As you plan your year-end charitable giving, please consider partnering financially with Rest Stop Ministries. Donations can be made through our secure Kindful platform by clicking the button below. For larger amounts, please mail checks to the address listed below in order to save the credit card and processing fees. To receive 2022 giving credit, checks must be dated by December 31, 2022.
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