Human Services

Scarlet Road

Paving the way from sexual exploitation to wholeness.



Through holistic care Scarlet Road offers the hope of freedom to those who have been sexually exploited.

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Executive Director

Rosemary Garbe

Main Address

PO BOX 378



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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Sex trafficking and sexual exploitation are unfortunately pervasive on the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island. Exploiters and traffickers use tactics such as mental conditioning, physical and sexual violence and isolation to retain their human sources of profit. Sex trafficking: Federal regulation 18 U.S.C. § 1591 makes it illegal to recruit, entice, obtain, provide, solicit, patronize, move or harbor a person or to benefit from such activities knowing that the person will be caused to engage in commercial sex acts where the person is under 18 or where force, fraud or coercion exists. This statute does not require that either the defendant or the victim actually travel. Sexual exploitation is the taking advantage of a person to make a personal gain or profit. It is the abuse of a position of vulnerability and differential power positions that coerce someone for sexual purposes.

Our programs

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Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Scarlet Road offers the hope of freedom and wholeness to victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation on the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island. We believe that everyone deserves to be free from exploitation and hope to minimize the pervasiveness in our community. We also serve all victims of sex trafficking and exploitation who would like to have support through their healing.

Scarlet Road has a three-pronged approach to our work: Prevent, Reach, Restore. Prevent - We strongly believe in educating the community and better equipping our local partners to protect, identify and serve those who have been exploited. Scarlet Road uses national and state recommended training materials coupled with local knowledge, we offer comprehensive educational resources to help make our community better aware and safe. We also equip students to recognize, avoid and safely report sexual exploitation through interactive school trainings. Reach - At Scarlet Road we know that leaving the life can seem more terrifying than staying in. Our survivor led outreach programs have been designed with those we serve in mind, knowing that it takes trust and time to see a way out. We reach out with an open hand and gentle invitation for the hope of change. Restore - Our comprehensive aftercare services include intensive case management, mentoring, skill building, and support toward client established goals. We know first-hand how challenging leaving can be and recognize and respect the high level of individual strength and resilience of each survivor we have the opportunity to partner with on the journey to healing.

Scarlet Road has a strong board that guides the mission with educated and dedicated staff who execute the mission. The three founders are still on staff and are effective in their strategies for being trauma-informed, survivor focused, using evidence-based practice and staying current on the local climate. Scarlet Road is deeply connected in the community with a number of collaborative partners which enables us to prevent, reach and restore.

Scarlet Road tracks a number of metrics to ensure that we are in line with our goals. We also look at the broad impact in the community. Some of the metrics we track are the number of referrals we receive and where they were received from. This ensures that people know that we are a resource and tracking sources enables us to identify weaknesses in connections in the community. We also look at client outcomes. We have five items we track to ensure that our clients are meeting their goals and that we are providing the quality of care they need. The five pillars are: -Freedom from exploitation -Stable housing -Self-sustaining (income) -Mentally well -Connected in community

Scarlet Road has served many survivors of exploitation, increasing the number of clients we serve each year. Not only have our numbers increased, but the quality of our work has been confirmed through participant evaluation and feedback from the community. We have seen increases in positive outcomes of survivors meeting and holding to their goals each year and a reduction in recidivism which is phenomenal and makes us so proud to be a part of their stories.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?