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PATH2FREEDOM INC

NAPLES, FL   |  www.path2freedom.org

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Mission

Our mission is to create hope and healing for child survivors of human trafficking by providing safe environments and long-term programs for recovery.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder/President

Ana Stevenson

Executive Director

Jon Stevenson

Main address

1200 Goodlette Frank Rd. North PO Box #9916

NAPLES, FL 34101 USA

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EIN

47-3835818

NTEE code info

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

Victims' Services (P62)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world and Florida is ranked third in the number of cases reported each year in the United States. Children are one of the most vulnerable segments that are targeted in society with hundreds of verified cases reported each year by the Department of Children and Family Services in Florida. In 2022 alone, 337 CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Child) children were identified by DCF, but only 31 licensed safe beds are available across the state. Path2Freedom is a part of that 31 and aims to grow to continue to fill this need and narrow the gap in available long-term recovery services for child survivors of human trafficking.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Magnolia House

Magnolia House was launched in response to a need for comprehensive long-term care for adolescent survivors of sex trafficking who would otherwise return to the traditional foster care system.

The Magnolia House is an evidence-based therapeutic safe home for adolescent girls (ages 12-18) rescued from Sex Trafficking. As a family first model of care, we value the healing that can come from finding one's place in a healthy and loving family. That's why we have staffed the Magnolia House with full-time house parents and a supportive program staff, volunteers and mentors. In addition, we have an onsite school where our residents can receive education tailored to meet their individual academic needs and professional goals.

Population(s) Served
Young girls
Preteen girls
Young women

Path2Freedom also seeks to be a beacon in the community to spread the word about the issue of human trafficking and educate the public. Through speaking events, social media, podcasts, and other forms of communication, Path2Freedom actively provides education about the issue and how to prevent it. Awareness is the first step to prevention – especially for children. We partner across all types of organizations (i.e. businesses, clubs, churches, associations, other non-profits). Path2Freedom’s annual 5K event is specifically aimed at spreading awareness and leverages the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls
Adolescents

Path2Freedoms after care and transition services provide a safe place for survivors to continue their freedom journey into adulthood offering life skills and coaching, safe housing, and independence for young women ages 18-22. In order to fulfill our mission of long-lasting recovery, our transition program is designed to provide a safe place for Magnolia House graduates to become self-sufficient by learning job skills, home management, financial responsibility, and education needs to build a career. Each survivor's after care and transition program is individualized to her unique needs and personal goals. Continuing the Path 2 Freedom journey into adulthood ensures the long-term impact to free our residents from the
effects of past trauma for a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescent girls
Adolescents
Adolescent girls
Women
Young women

Where we work

Awards

FootPRINT Fund 2022

Allegra Naples

Best Charity Events Team 2022

Cape Coral Community Foundation

Top 100 Business & Community Leaders Collier County 2022

Naples Illustrated

Human Trafficking Prevention Badge 2021

Florida State University

The Govenor's Faith & Community Initiative 2022

State of Florida

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Magnolia House

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of tutoring administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Magnolia House

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours of individualized education and tutoring.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With the thousands of human trafficking cases across the country annually, the need is great for safe housing with long term restorative care. Path2Freedom's vision is to replicate the Magnolia House & Transition Home model of care by adding more safe homes across Florida and build a fully integrated campus model to serve more survivors. Not only do we aspire to grow as Path2Freedom, but also to become a certified evidenced based program that other safe homes and advocacy organizations can replicate. Our vision is bold, and we are passionately committed to extend our reach to as many precious lives as possible.

2ND MAGNOLIA HOUSE IN 2024
Path2Freedom plans to expand locally with a second Magnolia House, preferably in Collier County. Funding for this expansion is underway with the goal to provide much needed additional safe beds and Path2Freedom recovery services by obtaining a second Magnolia Safe House in 2024.

LARGE CAMPUS MODEL LONG-TERM VISION
Ultimately, scaling to a large campus model will provide the ability to serve up to 50 survivors at one time. Our campus vision is intentionally arranged to have individualized small "family" homes, yet be part of an organized connected whole.

The Magnolia Program is a family-first model of care that engages, equips, and empowers residents to claim total freedom over the effects of trauma while meeting the needs of the whole child in a trauma-informed environment. The Magnolia Team engages with residents to help direct program services. Residents of the Magnolia House are children first. They are, therefore, met with love and acceptance of a family and provided supportive programs according to their unique needs. The Magnolia Team equips residents to explore areas of interest in the safety of the Magnolia home and supportive programs. Residents are provided tools with which to support this exploration. The Magnolia Team empowers residents to accomplish their goals inside and outside of the Magnolia home and supportive program structure. The Magnolia Program empowers individuals to leave home with ongoing family-style support indicative of healthy family experiences. This includes a fund that offers financial support for long-term housing and other essentials.

Path2Freedom was launched in response to a need for comprehensive long-term care for adolescent survivors of sex trafficking who would otherwise return to the traditional foster care system. Learn more about our program model.
The Magnolia House is an evidence-based therapeutic group home for adolescent girls rescued from sex trafficking. It’s private, undisclosed location sits on over 5 acres of secluded land and features a 5,200 square foot residence promising absolute freedom. Equipped with a large pool, basketball area, playground, horse stables, onsite school, and sanctuary, the Magnolia House is a fresh and innovative approach to providing critical care to our areas most vulnerable children. The property is also surrounded by decorative fencing and key code entry gate to provide the safety and security needed for these young survivors.
Residents at the Magnolia House receive a model of care designed to walk with each girl as they embark on their personal Path 2 Freedom.
As a Family first model of care, we value the healing that can come from finding one’s place in a healthy and loving family. That’s why Path2Freedom has staffed Magnolia House with full time house parents and supportive program staff, volunteers and mentors. We have witnessed hurt melt as residents receive and accept the genuine love that the Magnolia Family has to offer.
Those we serve often lack the ability to thrive in a traditional school setting. Because we realize the power of individualized attention, setting professional goals and living a life of purpose, we opened our onsite Magnolia School. Residents receive education tailored to meet their individual academic needs and professional goals. In addition to traditional academic classes, our residents participate in occupational readiness courses and receive financial literacy training from local banks.
By participating in our recreational therapies, residents begin to explore their unique gifts and bond over like-interests. One of our primary services, Equine Therapy, is known for its ability to decrease symptoms of PTSD. Through this program, our residents have found belonging in the equine community and purpose in their ability to care for horses. These experiences provide peace from the effects of trauma.

For Path2Freedom, 2022 was a year of new beginnings. 3 new board members were added, new full time house mentors started after a yearlong search, new repairs and upgrades to the Magnolia Safe House property after the tornado of December 2021 and Hurricane Ian in 2022, the first survivor to graduate from our Magnolia House High School, and our first deaf survivor served. Through the end of 2022, Path2Freedom has served 16 survivors and provided over 3,250 safe nights rest.

In July of 2022, Path2Freedom welcomed new house mentors, Dr. Chuck and Melanie Betters to the Magnolia House Family. Chuck has over 30 years of pastoral experience and Melanie has over 20 years’ experience in home schooling. Having these exceptional leaders is critical to our family first model of care for our survivors in their roles as "parents" in the home by providing a sense of safety and stability. Also, in the summer of 2022, Path2Freedom was proud to honor its first Magnolia House High School Graduate. Through the generous support of donors and staff, she attended the National Student Leadership Conference High School Summer Forensic Science Program in Washington DC. This is one example of how Path2Freedom has expanded its educational experience in 2022 to include offsite hands-on learning trips, 4-H animal sciences, and specialized summer camps. Optimal Wellness Surveys and case planning were also added to meet the needs of the whole child (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually). "Dina" came to Path2Freem deaf, did not read lips, was reading at a first-grade level, and could only write in very simple short sentences. We quickly decided to incorporate American Sign Language into our onsite school and Magnolia House family. By adding an ASL interpreter and specialized educational curriculum, communication improved dramatically, and "Dina" has improved by several grade levels. Finally, "Dina" finished her driver's education classes and got to experience a week at ASL camp over the summer where she could learn and grow in a way she has never had before. Path2Freedom also began assigning life coaches to each girl in 2022 to obtain wellness and life skill learning.

2022 was also year of storm recovery, repairs, and improvements to the Magnolia Safe House property. After a short, but violent tornado in December 2021 and Hurricane Ian in September 2022, many property repairs and projects were completed. This included a new roof, fencing repairs, new septic system, and pool enclosure. These storms also created a delay in the transition home planned for 2022. Early in 2022, we were blessed and thankful to reach our funding goal for a transition home designed for teen survivors as they become legal adults at 18. House design, blueprints, zoning and permitting processers were started over the summer with completion of this project and finalization of transition services planned in 2023.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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PATH2FREEDOM INC

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Teacher/Author/Speaker/Evangelist, Worldview and Reason Ministries

Jon Stevenson

Executive Director, Path2Freedom

Kip Fanta

Principal, Kip Fanta Group

Ty Vigil

Commercial Real Estate, Premiere Plus Realty

Lane Morlock

Sr Managing Director, Qorval Consulting & Owner/Partner, LM2 Properties

Mary Ellen Jones

Retiree, Business Owner of Home Care Connection

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/11/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.