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SAFE HOUSE PROJECT INC

Uniting to Eradicate Sex Trafficking in the U.S. by 2030

Virginia Beach, VA   |  https://www.safehouseproject.org/

Mission

Safe House Project is uniting communities to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom, and a future to every survivor. Safe House Project’s mission is to increase survivor identification beyond one percent through education, provide emergency services and placement to survivors, and ensure every survivor has access to safe housing and holistic care by accelerating safe house capacity and development across America. Safe housing and restorative care is critical to ending the cycle of victimization. Education is key to spotting, reporting, and ultimately, preventing trafficking. Our vision is to see communities across America unite to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom, and a future to every survivor.

Ruling year info

2018

CEO

Kristi Wells

Chief Operations Officer

Brittany Dunn

Main address

1340 North Great Neck Road Suite 1272-162

Virginia Beach, VA 23454 USA

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EIN

82-3487081

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When Safe House Project began in 2018: Hundreds of thousands of Americans will be trafficked this year, including an estimated 300,000 American children. 1% are rescued. 1,044 beds exist for survivors across the United States. There are less than 100 beds across the U.S. for child victims of sex trafficking. Due to the lack of safe houses, 80% of survivors end up back in the hands of their traffickers. Safe House Project is answering the deepest need in the fight against sex trafficking in America. Safe House Project is a national leader empowering survivors of sex trafficking in America by accelerating safe house development and cultivating restorative healing. Our vision is to see communities across America unite to end domestic sex trafficking and restore hope, freedom, and a future to every survivor.

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?

Accelerate Domestic Safe House Capacity and Program Standards

In 2018, HHS estimated 300K children across America are sex trafficked and that survivor identification was at 1%. Furthermore, there were less than 100 beds available to child sex trafficking survivors. Without restorative care, 80% of children will be re-victimized. To prevent children from being re-victimized, Safe House Project works to increase the number of beds available across the U.S. for survivors of trafficking through not only funding these safe houses, but also providing hundreds of mentorship hours each year to better equip them in fundraising, building out their vision, and forming connections in their communities.

Program Highlights:
- Safe House Network - Over 200 organizations
- Landscape Evaluation and Planning (Local or State Assessment)
- Programmatic Training Direction and Evaluation
- Development & Sustainability Strategies 
- Industry Expertise & Networking
- Certifying programs based on evidence-based and promising practices

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
At-risk youth
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities

High quality residential programs have the opportunity to promote positive outcomes for survivors. Today, there are strong evidence-based and promising practices that residential programs should be following to provide high quality care to survivors.

Safe House Certification was developed by industry experts, including programmatic trainers, healthcare professionals, mental health experts, and survivor leaders, to establish the first national certification for residential safe house programs serving trafficking survivors.

A program’s effectiveness is assessed by evaluating:
Organizational Structure and Compliance
Executive & Board Leadership
Residential Programming
Financial Sustainability
Specialized Services Programming

This process allows programs to elevate the current quality of care, serve survivors more holistically, and strengthen outcomes for survivors.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse

SHP works to empower survivors through emergency services, economic empowerment, and mentorships.
• Identification & Extraction
• Emergency Transportation & Services
• Survivor Placement into Safe House Programs
• Survivor Advocacy
• Survivor Internship & Skilling
• Survivor Mentorship

Population(s) Served
Sexual identity
Social and economic status
Health
Ethnic and racial groups

In order to build a comprehensive approach to combating trafficking, victim identification must increase beyond 1%.
• The OnWatch training equips and empowers community members and educators to spot, report, and prevent trafficking where they live, work and play.
• The H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Observations for the Prevention & Eradication) of Human Trafficking Training was developed with the Academy of Forensic Nursing to educate healthcare workers.
• SHP's in-home service provider training educates technicians on how to spot signs of child exploitation in the home.
• Safe House Project performs in-person trainings for law enforcement and military personnel.
• All of Safe House Project’s trainings are survivor informed working with survivor leaders of the anti-trafficking industry to ensure that their lived experiences are accurately represented and that the information reflects the current trafficking landscape in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Health
Social and economic status

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

Ending Child Trafficking by 2030.

Hundreds of thousands of children across America are sex trafficked every year in the United States. Of these hundreds of thousands, only 1% will be identified. For every 300 children identified as sex trafficking survivors, there is only 1 bed available in a safe house program.

Without restorative care, 80% of children will be re-victimized. Because of that, it is imperative that something is done immediately to save these children’s lives and prevent re-traumatization.

Safe House Project seeks to increase survivor identification through education and ensure every child has access to their very own bed in a safe house program. By building a network of safe houses across America has given Safe House Project the unique opportunity to meet the need right where it is: anywhere in the United States. From San Diego, California to Washington, DC, there are Safe House Project partners, volunteers, and employees ready to educate their communities, mentor safe house programs, and do the work to help children escape from the atrocities of sex trafficking.

Following their escape from a trafficking situation, survivors are left to redefine who they are, learn how to navigate a world that cannot fathom their life experiences, and begin a healing journey they may never have expected was possible for them. Safe House Project works to stand in the gap between survivors and a happy, fulfilling life. Through internships, job placement, and training workplaces to be trauma-informed, Safe House Project works to empower survivors to enter the professional world. Through mentorship, Safe House Project walks alongside survivors as they navigate a world outside of their trafficking situation.

Safe House Project works to identify survivors and connect them with the services they need, whatever those services are, wherever the survivor is in America, and whenever the services are needed. For survivors across the Nation, Safe House Project staff will be the first people they interact with to do this for them.

1) Accelerate Domestic Shelter Capacity and Standards | The #1 Need in the Continuum of Care
Seed & Launch: Launch Partner Grants for Children and Over-18 Shelters
Sustainable Operations: Mentorship Grants to Secure Local Support and Resources
Increase National Capacity year-over-year
Collaborative Growth, System Solutions, and National Best Practices

2) Grow National Network of Resources | Stewarding National Care into Local Impact
Property Acquisitions, Homes, and Renovations
Corporate and Community Engagement
Connecting Professional Services and Shelter / Survivor Necessities

3) Empower a Lifetime of Freedom | Long-term Survivor Health and Independence
Post-Shelter Communities that Empower Self-Determination and Reduce Recidivism
Workforce Readiness: Survivor Population and Trauma-Informed Workplaces

4) Advance Innovative Education and Prevention | Actions that Promote Counter-Trafficking Impact
Education, National Campaigns, Technology

The Safe House Project...
- Has an expansive network of connections around the United States.
- Is a scalable model that allows anyone, anywhere to get involved.
- Is an organization without walls, which means lower overhead, and more money going directly to survivors of sex trafficking.
- Provides various fundraising opportunities for different audiences, sizes, and locations to allow everyone to get involved with the effort to eradicate sex trafficking in the United States.
- Educates people on the global crisis of sex trafficking through online media, youth empowerment programs, and other events.
- An extensive partnership network amongst local anti-sex trafficking organizations, government agencies, and private/corporate donors.

1) Accelerate Domestic Shelter Capacity and Standards | The #1 Need in the Continuum of Care
- To date, Safe House Project has supported 15 partners with financial investments to increase a victim's access to care.
- SHP donors have increased opportunities for survivors in safe houses across the U.S. by 124%

2) Grow National Network of Resources | Stewarding National Care into Local Impact
- Safe House Project has local, regional, and national partnerships that provide financial and Gift in Kind donations to our providers.
- We have an established network of resources that covers the continuum of care, plus local/state/federal law enforcement, community leaders, and corporate advisors.
- Donated $93K gift-in-kind resources to partners

3) Empower a Lifetime of Freedom | Long-term Survivor Health and Independence
- 147 survivors provided emergency services, housing placements, or escape opportunities
- Transition in Place Housing & Trauma Informed Work Opportunities for 30 survivors
- 2 Scholarships for continuing education opportunities
- Survivor Internships or Mentorship Placements with on the job skills training

4) Advance Innovative Education and Prevention | Actions that Promote Counter-Trafficking Impact
- OnWatch Community Education Platform - With 10 short, 5 minute modules, you can be equipped to spot, report, and prevent trafficking in your community.  Start today at IAmOnWatch.org
- Member of the pest management industry? Take the free 30-minute course on how to spot and report signs of child trafficking through our partnership with FORSHAW Inc. https://www.forshaw.com/safehouseprojectpartnership
- 27K peopled have been trained to spot, report, and prevent trafficking through our educational opportunities, including 5K sailors aboard the USS Roosevelt, North Carolina's U.S. Marshals, healthcare professionals, educators, and community members.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve survivors of sex trafficking in the United States. An integral part of Safe House Project’s mission is Survivor Empowerment. We strive to lead by example on this front by hiring survivors as employees or consultants, seeking survivors to ensure we are survivor-informed, and using our unique position in the anti-trafficking movement to allow survivors to give feedback on what is helpful to their success and what is not. We work to implement survivor-informed language, trauma-informed best practices, and openly accept that human trafficking survivors are the experts in the anti-trafficking field.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently hired survivor leader, Alia Dewees, as our After Care Development Director to lead our safe house mentorship and certification program. We know that survivors are the lived experience experts, and want to provide them opportunities to influence the future of after care programming. Alia says it best, " Today, I have the privilege to work alongside safe house programs throughout the country. With my trafficking situation beginning at age 14, I was placed into a variety of programs over the years, and deeply understand the damage bad programs can cause and the healing good ones can provide. Drawing on my own lived experiences and those of my fellow survivors, I help elevate the standard of survivor care through mentorship and national certification of safe house programs. "

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    All of our program directors are survivors who have the ability to influence the direction of their program to best serve survivors of sex trafficking. Together, they form working groups that help bring a collective survivor voice to our initiatives. They also reach into their survivor community for consistent feedback, which allows us to build not just from our teams lived experiences, but from the greater survivor network. Our survivor leaders have the autonomy to develop and deploy changes to their program, our job as Safe House Project leadership is to facilitate opportunities, provide resources, and drive all of our programs toward excellence. Our team knows that all work is guided by 5 core values: innovation, collaboration, hope, integrity, and stewardship.

  • 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Sample Size,

Financials

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SAFE HOUSE PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

RaeAnn Hancock

Safe House Project

Term: 2023 -

Kenneth Walker

Chairman and CEO Driven Brands, Inc. Chairman

Kristi Wells

CEO, Safe House Project

Joel English

Vice President, Centura College

Darin Ely

President, Virginia Asset Group

Vickie Walker

Investor

Nigel Anderson

Board Member Emeritus

RaeAnn Hancock

NTT DATA Services

Derik Timmerman

Managing Partner of Sparrow Nonprofit Solutions

Sarah Navarre

Partner at The Martin Navarre Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Allison Bollinger

Vice President of Emergency and Urgent Care Services, Ascension

Scott Hasenbalg

Social Entrepreneur & Executive Leader

John Allen Waldrop

Waldrop & Colvin

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/31/2023

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 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.