Human Services

Hepzibah House

Moving Beyond the Horror of Human Trafficking

aka Hepzibah House, Inc.

Boynton Beach, FL

Mission

Hepzibah House: Recovery, Restoration and Release from the nightmare of Human Trafficking.

Ruling Year

2011

CEO & Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mary Rebecca Dymond

Main Address

1530 W Boynton Beach Blvd #3863

Boynton Beach, FL 33424 USA

Keywords

Adult Sex Trafficking Victims and Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

EIN

45-1471299

 Number

2023898239

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Victims' Services (P62)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Research indicates that a pimp, a gang or the mafia is controlling 90% of women who are commercially, sexually exploited. These women have no control over resources, and 92% would leave if they had somewhere to go. The most significant issue for a woman escaping sex trafficking is housing. With no capital, no resources, and no way to rebuild without external intervention, these women are isolated, homeless, and powerless to improve their circumstances. Most women require some type of outside intervention to start over – with safe and supportive housing often being the limiting factor. Every sex trafficking survivor deserves the opportunity for a fresh start and assistance processing the trauma (often beginning with family of origin abuse), PTSD, anxiety and depression resulting from the devastation of their experiences.

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The goal is to offer recovery, restoration and release to women escaping sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation by offering them housing, food and clothing as they exit “the life.” Most women require some type of outside intervention to start over – with safe and supportive housing often being the limiting factor. Every sex trafficking survivor deserves the opportunity for a fresh start and assistance processing the trauma (often beginning with family of origin abuse), PTSD, anxiety and depression resulting from the devastation of their experiences.

Hepzibah House offers a safe house – addressing their homeless status – mental health counseling, trauma therapy, and donated health care services to assist women in their restoration process. These services help them transition from victimhood to survivor, to overcomer and eventually, to victors over their pasts. Our housing program provides a safe place to live, a safe and supportive community of other survivors, a caring staff and dedicated volunteers.

A housing facility that can host up to four residents. We not only offer shelter but also food, clothing, hygiene products, referrals to health care services, free mental health counseling and job skill training through baking organic dog treats "Zibah Treats for a Cause". We supplement donated healthcare services from several Palm Beach County sources to assist survivors in rebuilding healthy, productive, and independent lives.

Hepzibah House’s housing program provides the foundation for the recovery work that survivors need to accomplish in their journey towards healthy independence. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs illustrates the reality that basic needs (physiological and safety) must be met before psychological needs (belonging, love, esteem and self-actualization) can be addressed. We utilize a number of mental health evaluations to chart measurable trauma recovery progress: Beck Depression Inventory, PTSD Checklist, Dissociative Experiences Scale and the Anger Checklist. We administer these tools every six months. Our objective is that these key measures of traumatic sequela will be reduced to psychologically insignificant levels by the time a client graduates from the program.

Since we received our non-profit designation Fall, 2011 we have provided mental health counseling, trauma therapy, group counseling, career counseling and life and job skill training, referrals and mentoring to 50+ survivors of sex trafficking. In November of 2015, we opened a four-bed safe house with a 12 to 18 month long program for women, giving them a chance to process the trauma and rebuild their lives. Last year alone we provided roughly 350 hours of therapeutic counseling services, 140 hours of job and life skill training, and 30 awareness and training events. We were featured in five print articles, four TV News clips and one TBN interview for “Joy in Our Town”! We created a social enterprise called “Zibah Treats For A Cause” hiring women coming out of life to bake organic, non-GMO animal treats as part of our life and job skill training program as well as to create a sustainable funding stream for Hepzibah House.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes