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HOOKERS FOR JESUS, Inc.

Fishing for victims drowning in the dark waters of sex trafficking

aka Destiny House   |   Las Vegas, NV   |  HookersForJesus.Net

Mission

Hookers for Jesus, Inc., is an established non-profit organization whose primary mission is to Hook (Outreach) Give Hope (Faith) Heal (emotional & spiritual restoration) and Help (Transitional Assistance) for those who have been negatively affected by sex trafficking and the adult entertainment industry in the USA & beyond.

Notes from the nonprofit

We have been a survivor-led non profit since we were initially established and we truly believe this is our secret sauce, one of our greatest strengths. We've walked in their shoes and we can help them navigate out of trafficking to become self-sufficient and truly successful. We lead with confidence that our clients know we deeply understand their trauma and we are here to help them without judgment.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Ms. Annie Lobert

Main address

10120 W Flamingo Road Ste 4-506

Las Vegas, NV 89147 USA

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Formerly known as

Annie Lobert Ministries

Pink Chair

EIN

61-1534947

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have a lack of comprehensive outpatient treatment, advocacy and shelter services for adult women who are the victims of sexual exploitation in Nevada. We are an established, survivor led non-profit org providing victim assistance services, for the under served population of adult women, generally aged 18 to 50, who are the victims of sex trafficking in Nevada, and the rest of the U.S. We offer comprehensive outreach, intervention, treatment, and advocacy services, with providing a “safe house” (Destiny House) for women who are victims of sexual exploitation. We also provide in-house counseling and educational services to equip women without a high school diploma, voc to be able to become gainfully employed and/or pursue higher education. In 2016, Nevada ranked as one of the top 10 states for calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. In 2017,160 calls were made to the Hotline and 94 human trafficking cases were made. Over 90 percent (91.4%) were for sex 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?

Destiny House

Destiny House is a 6 to 12 month safe house/shelter program serving adult women 18 to 50 years of age who are survivors of sex trafficking in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. Our program provides crisis counseling, individualized assessments, holistic case management, trauma-informed mental health services, individual and/or group therapy, job skills training, mentoring, educational services, and access to wide variety of community resources to promote healing and restoration for sexual assault victims. We provide a combination of critically needed, evidence-based direct services, as well as access to essential community resources, many of which are provided by our collaborating community partners.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Organization goals include:

1. Expand and further develop services for adult women who are the victims of sexual assault and sex trafficking in Clark County & USA. Establish strategic partnerships and relationships to identify areas where Nevada is lacking in services, and bridge the gaps.

2. Expand mental health/trauma services for adult women who are victims of sex trafficking enrolled at Destiny House, as well as outreach to the public (the Las Vegas Strip, club scene, the internet)

3. Ensure access to case management and appropriate support services for all women enrolled at Destiny House, and for emergency hotline outreach assistance.

4. Establish Dream House, more independent/transitional living for stage 3 housing of victims of human trafficking.

At Hookers for Jesus, our approach to direct services is based on an assessment of each victim’s individual situation and needs. Our approach combines holistic healing, clinical and therapeutic trauma-informed counseling services, and emotional, physical and spiritual rehabilitation, leading to empowerment of both body and soul. Note: HFJ serves all sex trafficking victims without regard to religious affiliation, and services received are not contingent upon participation in a religious activity or event. Our program combines: Information/Referral and /Rescue Services; Community Education, Outreach, and Visibility; and, Shelter/Safe House Services.(Destiny House).

Destiny House serves as a shelter/safe-house where sex trafficking victims find safety, peace and refuge from exploitation, abuse and chaos. An intentionally loving and nurturing atmosphere fosters a family-like environment. As a survivor led organization, Destiny House understands that it takes a strong commitment to, and participation in, program services to overcome years of physical and psychological trauma resulting from exploitation. While at Destiny House, victims receive support, mentoring and supervision 24 hours a day. The majority of clients can complete the program in six months; however, it is not unusual for a woman to need more time and may stay at Destiny House for up to 12 months. Clients receive seamlessly administered substance abuse treatment; mental health and trauma counseling/support; case management; job training; financial literacy; healthcare services and more. Services include:

Initial Screening and Assessment – The Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT) developed by the Vera Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Justice, is used as an initial screening tool to assess clients’ needs and develop an Individual Service Plan (ISP)
Case Management: We provide continuous, consistent and intensive case management services. Case managers collaborate with victims to develop ISPs. These plans identify individual needs and goals for each enrolled client.
Mental Health Counseling/Treatment: . We provide highly skilled mental health treatment and trauma counseling. Halleh Seddighzadeh, PhD., an internationally acclaimed traumatologist, consults with staff and clients to address trauma/emotional needs of our women victims.
Medical Screening/Routine Healthcare: HFJ works with local medical providers who are sensitive and non-judgmental with our clients. Many young women receive medical screening and/or emergency treatment, if needed) prior to entering Destiny House.
Life Skills and Job Training Programs: Destiny House integrates life skills, job training, and career development as part of each ISP. Women complete their GED’s and go on to attend community college or other job training programs based on interests/aptitudes.
Substance Addiction: Prior to entering Destiny House we refer our clients with addiction issues to WestCare’s substance.

Destiny House has been providing direct services for women who are victims of sex abuse and sex trafficking in Clark County since 2005, serving over 4500 plus victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Staffing combines personnel that bring critical, real life experiences with the sex trafficking industry, along with professional staff with experience in delivering evidence-based clinical and case management services. Women seeking services at Destiny House almost always have long standing histories of having been a victim of sexual assault and/or being sex trafficked. Some were involved, often forced, into prostitution, as young as 11 or 12 years old. Unfortunately, many community agencies do not understand the dynamics of sex trafficking and do not modify case practice to better serve this population. At Destiny House, we fully understand that our clients come with extensive physical and emotional trauma that must be addressed to heal from the physical violence and often long term emotional deprivation and/or mental abuse they have suffered. Also, Destiny House provides a secure facility establishing essential physical and emotional safety for the women. Buildings are not visible from the street, affording complete privacy. Security measures include: undisclosed location, security cameras/alarm systems, 24-hour staffing, on-site security guards, unannounced room searches/drug screens, limited phone use, supervised/limited Internet access, pre-approved/screened contact lists, and more.
As a survivor led organization, Destiny House understands that it takes a strong commitment to, and participation in, program services to overcome years of physical and psychological trauma resulting from exploitation. While at Destiny House, victims receive support, mentoring and supervision 24 hours a day. The majority of clients can complete the program in six months; however, it is not unusual for a woman to need more time and may stay at Destiny House for up to 12 months. Clients receive seamlessly administered substance abuse treatment; mental health and trauma counseling/support; case management; job training; financial literacy; healthcare, and more.

Destiny House has grown from a vision of its Founder, Annie Lobert, to become an established non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to adult women who are survivors of the sex trade and sex trafficking industry. Our program continues to expand and enhance the services and resources that we provide for our clients. We offer women compassion, safety, shelter and multiple tools to turn their lives around, pursue education or gainful employment to become more self-sufficient and able to see a future for themselves that does not include being involved in sexual exploitation.

We would like to establish our HFJ outreach in other states in the USA and also partner to create Destiny House programs across the U.S.A where it is most needed.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 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 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

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HOOKERS FOR JESUS, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeff Ames

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Term: 2017 - 2019

Annie Lobert

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Bill Young

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Rosa Park

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Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2023

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 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.