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Extended Hands of Hope

Today there are thousands of people being victimized by traffickers in Colorado. Vulnerable youth are targeted at school, church, in the community, and online. EHH strives daily to fight this injustice and provide the specialized care necessary to help heal the intense trauma sustained by all.

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Counseling

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Research shows that counseling interventions can significantly mitigate the negative repercussions of trauma and can strengthen both resilience and capacity to recover from the impact of trauma. The EHH Counseling Program specializes in offering therapeutic services that address the unique difficulties and severe complex trauma that are commonly experienced by survivors of sexual exploitation, not limited to depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, grief, suicidal ideation, relational conflict, substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, and low self-esteem.

Through best-practice therapeutic models, EHH's stellar Counselors support clients as they journey toward recovery, healing, and rehabilitation providing therapy in individual, group, and family formats. EHH offers both crisis counseling and traditional counseling via in-office, teletherapy, and in-home therapy sessions. Therapy groups may include, but are not limited to: Support groups, Psycho-education groups, Parenting groups, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups providing Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Stress Tolerance interventions and skills practice sessions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

EHH client success includes measures like attending a middle-or high-school dance in their home school district, attending school on a regular basis, high-school graduation or GED attainment, noninteraction with the judicial system, accessing and keeping up with medical and social service appointments, and participation in mentorship opportunities.

Carriers of Hope Mentoring Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Carriers of Hope (CoH) Mentorship program works in partnership with EHH's Community Programs to provide restorative services to youth impacted by sex trafficking. The mission of Carriers of Hope is to provide a structured program where youth survivors of sex trafficking can set and attain personal goals within the supportive context of healing mentorships after EHH service cessation. Research supports healthy mentoring relationships as an integral part of the healing process.

Carriers of Hope fulfills this mission through matching survivors of trafficking with trained mentors as a last step to discharge from services. While still in EHH's Community Programs, clients are provided the opportunity to build supportive one-on-one mentorship relationships with pre-matched pre-screened adult mentors. These mentorships provide a new perspective on what a healthy friendships look like and through modeling EHH mentors help clients learn how to set healthy boundaries. As these mentorships grow, the mentors and mentees go on outings to build rapport and also provide access to things survivors may not have had previously, such as the chance to go to a museum or visit a college campus. This program provides the opportunity for clients to continue their healing in the context of a healthy relationship.

Most importantly, these mentorships continue with clients after they graduate and transition out of EHH services, providing a stable and positive relationship for them as they live lives outside of services in their own communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Long-lasting mentoring relationships of more than six months have been shown to have the greatest lasting positive affect on both mentors and mentees. Relationship length, along with goal attainment and satisfaction surveys highlight major success of EHH's Carriers of Hope Mentoring Program.

Community Advocacy Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Extended Hands of Hope Community Advocacy Program provides trauma-informed and strengths-based preventative and restorative services and support to survivors of sex trafficking and/or those that are not identified but are considered high risk for trafficking or exploitation as indicated by the High-Risk Victim Identification Tool. Clients accepted are aged 12-Adult.

Services include: Case Management, Restorative Practices, Mediation and Nonviolent Communication, and Life Skills Mentoring services. All services are approached through a trauma-informed, restorative, and strengths-based lens.

EHH's Community-based programs focus on serving survivors of sex trafficking in their own communities and homes, in order to address the mental health symptoms and maladaptive behaviors that precede and proceed a victim's involvement in sex trafficking, including but not limited to symptoms of trauma, substance use/abuse, and educational deficits.

· Life Skills assessment and training is done within the comfort of the client's home, EHH's main office, or in the community, and may include financial literacy, school placement, computer skills, job training, independent living, nutrition and healthy cooking, house cleaning and upkeep, and any other life skill identified as a desire to learn. Examples include poetry, yoga, recording, photography, etc.

· Case Management includes access to community resources such as housing vouchers, Medicaid submission, food, clothing, school, and any other needs identified. Case Management may also include accessing paperwork, making and/or transporting clients to appointments, and joining Family Team Meetings and court appearances for clients.

· Restorative Practices include crisis de-escalation, identifying and practicing coping skills, nonviolent communication, mediation, accountability practice, and repairing harm in the home and community.



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Evidence of Program's Success

Goals for the Community-based Outreach Program include:

• Decrease the need for out-of-home placement.

• Decrease trafficking incidents within the individual's life • Decrease potential abuse and neglect within the client's home environment

• Decrease the amount of running incidents • Increase healthy and safe parent-child conflict management and resolutions

• Increase school attendance and improve grades • Increase improvement in mental health • Increase family support systems

• Prevent the trafficking and/or exploitation from occurring in a high-risk child's life

• Increase the child and family's understanding of what sex trafficking is and how to respond to, end or prevent further exploitation

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.