IMPACT REPORT 2021-2022 TREASURED VESSELS FOUNDATION
Women who are being trafficked are in need of A MESSAGE FROM shelter but often find themselves in places they fear OUR FOUNDER the most. Traffickers typically isolate their victims from their friends and family, leaving the women far from Alicia Bush home. Longterm shelters, like Treasured Vessels Foundation (TVF), are a vital lifeline to sex trafficking FOUNDER | CEO victims in need of a safe place to heal and recover. Two years ago, our 5-year long journey became a reality, when we opened up our first safe home. One survivor shared, \"Just because the world is on hold, does not mean that human trafficking has hit a pause button.\" We have seen an increase in applications for our program since the beginning of Covid-19, and yet we do not have the capacity to serve each young woman. Dallas ranks #2 in Texas for human trafficking with an estimate of 79,000 minor and youth victims. Without our program, the young women we serve would not only be homeless but would also continue to be exploited. Our mission is to provide safe communities that restore survivors of sexual exploitation to achieve their true potential. We believe that an individualized approach and mental health focus are essential to transforming the wellbeing of women impacted by the trauma of sexual exploitation. That is why we pioneered our program and are looking to empower our community with new tools, resources, and connections in this coming year. You are the reason we are able to provide women with a safe space where they can come to heal their mind, body, and spirit. For all of these reasons and more, we want to thank you and remind you that without your dedication and generosity, none of this would be possible. We are currently at full capacity in our safe home, with a long waitlist, so our goal for 2022 is to expand adjacent to our current property and increase our bed count from 5 to 12+ beds. We know that this vision is attainable — if we work together. Will you join us on this journey?
About Us Treasured Vessels Foundation (TVF) is devoted to providing a long-term safe place for healing and growth to individuals impacted by trauma from exploitation in sex trafficking. We provide food, shelter, education, and trauma care for survivors of sexual exploitation. No other agency in North Texas can match TVF’s program with intensive, long-term mental health services and supportive programming that focuses on developing stability. MISSION We provide safe communities that restore survivors of sexual exploitation to achieve their true potential. VISION Grow the capacity of our current program from 5 to 12 beds, launch a medical outreach program, launch our first community for minors, and become a model that can be replicated throughout the United States.
TVF'S PROGRAM 2020 - 2021 01.06.2020 1ST SAFE HOUSE OPENED We opened the doors to our first safe home on January 6th, 2020 with the capacity to serve 4 women. We refer to the women in our program Residential Interns. 1,603 CARE DAYS PROVIDED DURING 2020-2021 Since we have opened, we have been able to serve 15 women and 2 babies. We have had 3 returning residents and 29 applicants waitlisted. 59 APPLICATIONS 27 INTAKE INTERVIEWS We have received many applications for our program. Due to the complexities of the population we serve, a few of the Residential Interns (RI's) have transitioned to other community partner programs.
WHERE DO THE WOMEN COME FROM?
470 HOURS 176 HOURS INDIVIDUAL THERAPY WITH TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA ON STAFF THERAPIST 144 HOURS 726 HOURS EQUINE THERAPY GROUP THERAPY INCLUDING PSYCHOEDUCATION 420 HOURS 67 HOURS SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION & MED MANAGEMENT
1,530 HOURS 690 HOURS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION 660 HOURS 460 HOURS MUSIC AND ART THERAPY SPIRITUALITY & EMPOWERMENT 90 HOURS 463 HOURS LEGAL CARE MEDICAL & DENTAL CARE
The mental health recovery progress of our Residential Interns is measured by the use of standardized assessments of PTSD (PCL-5), Depression (CES-D) and Anxiety (GAD-7) and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Assessment. These were assessed at the initial intake when residents enter our program, and we repeat these tests every three months. Within the first week at the house, all women receive a psychiatric evaluation by our partner psychiatrist, and they receive ongoing medication management. All Residential Interns are taking at least one psychiatric medication prescribed for their therapy. UPON INITIAL INTAKE: 78% 88% 78% HAVE SYMPTOMS HAVE SYMPTOMS OF HAVE SYMPTOMS OF OF PTSD MAJOR DEPRESSIVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER DISORDER AFTER 6 MONTHS ON AVERAGE, THE WOMEN IN OUR PROGRAM EXPERIENCED: 57% 66% 10% DECREASE IN DECREASE IN INCREASE IN SELF- PTSD SYMPTOMS DEPRESSIVE ESTEEM SYMPTOMS
COLLABORATION TVF has developed a referral and service partner collaborative that is instrumental to each woman's success. Below are examples of the current individuals, agencies, and professionals that partner and collaborate with TVF to provide services for interns: LOCAL ANTI-TRAFFICKING PROGRAM PARTNERSHIPS PARTNERS: Wholehearted Yoga Traffick 911 Texas Health Resources Frisco Rescue Her Amazing Grace Food Pantry Refuge for Women Valiant Hearts Freedom Shield Foundation Vario Health Reclaimed Dream Team Women's Network The Harbor (Salvation Army) Nutrition Discovered LLC Unbound Pandoras House of Psychiatry SolaceEquine Therapy ANTI-TRAFFICKING Melody of Hope COALITIONS Texas Isshinryu Karate of East Plano NTCAHT (North Texas Coalition CHURCHES for Anti Human Trafficking) C7 (Human Trafficking Coalition) The Potters House of North Dallas C3ST (Collin County Child Sex UPPERROOM Dallas Trafficking Team) Church Eleven 32 12 Stones (Tarrant County Community Life Church trafficking task force) Preston Trail Community Church CCHC (Collin County Homeless Coalition)
STAFF 730 MEMBERS HOURS December 2019: 3 Contractors, 1 new hire training full-time volunteer and orientation December 2020: 3 Employees, 11 Contractors, 1 full-time volunteer December 2021: 6 Employees, 17 Contractors, 1 full-time volunteer 204 HOURS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Team completed 204 hours of Handle with Weekly team meetings and monthly team dinners Care Training Team reviewed organizational culture weekly Team completed grant training and leadership development 100 VOLUNTEERS Painted safe home consecutively for 4 60 weekends HOURS Worked with 2 men's groups to help landscape the front and back yard trauma informed Volunteers donated funds to help get lawn training with staff taken care of during the summer months Volunteers coordinated food drives prior to serving 18 volunteer opportunities for events and within our home gatherings Written hundreds of thank you cards Served alongside staff in the safe home
Meet the Team “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Resident Testimonials We call the ladies in our program Residential Interns. Each woman has a unique story and journey. Here are just a few highlights from this past year. HIGHLIGHTS HOW BEING HEARD MATTERS Here are just a few wins from this past year: \"Since being at TVF, I’ve learned how to use my voice in a positive Another resident has graduated way, understand what it’s like to be high school and is preparing for loved, valued and supported. Being college classes. heard has changed my life. I am now One of our residents has needed walking with purpose and a divorce for a few years. After confidence needed to reach the years, TVF found a lawyer who goals that I have set. I never would assist our resident for free. imagined that people like TVF Her divorce has been finalized. existed and cared so much.\" Three of our residents are preparing to go to college. All of our residents have worked hard as a team not to be passive or passive-aggressive in their communication. They have held each other accountable for practicing healthier communication together. One resident is ready for a job and has been calling and applying to local businesses. One of our residents is about to have a baby, all while continuing to mother her toddler, work part- time, and attend college part- time. She has maintained all of these big responsibilities and has worked hard to prepare for her newborn.
EMMA'S STORY \"If it wasn't for TVF, my life would look very different. I may not even be alive.\" Emma* was trafficked when she was 15 years old. Pressured into drug usage at an early age and strained by broken familial relationships, she was lured into a life of slavery. What seemed like love and support from a boyfriend proved to be the coercion and manipulation of a man valuing her life as just an object to be sold. The years spent in hotel rooms, apartments, and on the streets were filled with unimaginable pain that became broken fragments in her mind. She is working daily through years of abuse and overcoming trauma. Emma* has come so far since the first day she entered the TVF home. She was accepted into college, started building up broken relationships with family, is finding new hobbies of interest, and discovering passion for a future career.
Our Vision BIG GOALS FOR A BIG PROBLEM 1 EXPAND BED COUNT 2 EXPAND PROGRAM We want to grow the Launch medical capacity of our current outreach program, drop- program from 5 to 12 in center, and increase beds and launch new capacity from 12-20 transitional housing beds 3 EXPAND 4 EXPAND POPULATION NATIONWIDE SERVED Become a model that is Launch our first replicable and open TVF community for minors, communities throughout serving 9 to 17 years old Texas and the United States
$150 $1,000,000 Approx. cost per day, per girl 2022 Fundraising Goal
\"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.\" -Helen Keller
Our Progress Treasured Vessels Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are committed to the highest standard of financial stewardship and we work diligently to ensure that every dollar that we receive is used efficiently. We believe in the importance of upholding the ethical and legal obligations expected of our organization. Key Indicator 2020 2021 Women Served 9 15 36 Application Received 23 29 Survivors Waitlisted 0 835 Care Days 768 $515,276 289 Total Amount Raised $555,889 52% Total Amount of Donors 81 Recurring Gifts 32%
COMMUNITY PARTNERS Treasured Vessels Foundation would like to thank those who have taken their stand in the fight against sex trafficking with us. Thank you for being a Community Partner! Just Like Home Kitchen DKB Innovative Recipes Gensler Preston Trail Community Tupps Brewery Church Olive Coffee Cart Community 75 Unbound Market Street Melody of Hope Vario Health Credit Union of Texas Cheney Group Monument Texas Health Resources Realty Haskell Construction Rescue Her Full Bloom Think Multifamily Nikki Hill Homes Association of Professional MTX Women in Construction All Community Outreach Women In Tech Rescue Her Dream Team Women’s Network Lonestar Plastic Surgery
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR PROGRAM OFFICE 469.405.7149 CRISIS HOTLINE 469.405.7148 EMAIL [email protected] ADDRESS PO Box 2256 | Frisco, TX 75034 WEBSITE treasuredvesselsfoundation.org
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