Junior League Opens First Rehabilitative Shelter for Child Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Source: Junior League of Santa Barbara
The Junior League of Santa Barbara (JLSB), in partnership with 4 Kids 2 Kids, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of S.A.F.E. (S aving A t-risk youth F rom Exploitation) House Santa Barbara - the County’s first therapeutic rehabilitative shelter for children who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. The shelter, a 6-bed Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP), is designed to meet the very specific needs of girls who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and will begin accepting placements within the next 1-2 weeks. With only a handful of beds in the entire state dedicated solely to young girls who have been commercially sexually exploited, opening a 6-bed home will make a significant impact.
At their annual Gala in March 2017, the JLSB announced their signature project and kicked off fundraising efforts. Since then, the Junior League of Santa Barbara has raised over $185,000 of support to facilitate the shelter’s opening and worked tirelessly to locate and furnish a home. The experienced non-profit 4 Kids 2 Kids, which also operates a safe home in Ventura County, will be administering the programs at this new Santa Barbara County home. Programming will include whole-person, rehabilitative care, addressing physical, mental, emotional and social well being.
In the coming months, the JLSB will launch a community-wide awareness campaign that will aim to inform on the issues of sex trafficking locally, how to identify potential warning signs of trafficking, and what to do if a case is suspected.
While the initial fundraising phase for S.A.F.E. House Santa Barbara has been fulfilled, the League is accepting ongoing donations to support continued S.A.F.E. House needs. Those interested in giving can donate online at JLSantaBarbara.org or reach out directly to President@JLSantaBarbara.org. For more information about the Junior League of Santa Barbara, please call (805) 963-2704 or visit JLSantaBarbara.org.
Learn more about S.A.F.E. House Santa Barbara on the Junior League of Santa Barbara’s website HERE.
About The Junior League of Santa Barbara
The Junior League of Santa Barbara (JLSB) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Chartered in 1924, the JLSB has a local history rich with projects that have changed the lives of many of our community members. The JLSB has currently facilitated the opening of S.A.F.E. House (S aving A t-risk youth F rom Exploitation House), a 6-bed, residential shelter in Santa Barbara County for girls who are survivors of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Other notable contributions include the launch of the Sexual Assault Response Team Cottage (SART Cottage) located at Cottage Hospital, bone marrow and blood drives, Eastside Library renovation and Downtown Public Library programs to improve youth literacy. For more information call 805-963-2704, visit our website at jlsantabarbara.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @JLSantaBarbara.