June 26, 2020
In August 2020, FSC will open the first shelter in the River Region for victims of human trafficking. With seven beds, the shelter will have staff on site 24/7, for the safety and security of the victim and survivors.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar illegal business, second only to illegal drugs, and is happening right here in the River Region. While there are shelters in the northern and southern parts of the state, there was no shelter dedicated to victims of human trafficking in our area until now.
Over the last year, FSC staff and leadership have been working diligently to open the new Human Trafficking (HT) Shelter. We have carefully considered design plans to ensure that the functionality of the shelter meets the unique needs of HT victims. Everything from landscaping to the selection of furniture and fixtures will provide victims with a warm and inviting living space.
In addition to sleeping space for seven victims, the shelter has a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area, computer/recreational area, outdoor patio space, and designated office space for staff. Security mechanisms are in place to ensure the safety of clients and staff.
Before the facility rehab began, the HT team worked closely with leadership and the FSC Board to design the program. Unlike other HT programs in the state, FSC’s program directly addresses substance and mental health issues, an integral part of successful intervention. FSC will collaborate with community resources to address issues of detox and mental health stabilization for clients entering the program.
Watching the transformation of this ground-breaking project is exciting for the agency. The HT team, including Stephen Holdren, Director of Residential Programs, Brittany Lunsford, MBA, Business & HR Director and Ashley Glackmeyer, Shelter Services Coordinator is extremely grateful and humbled to be a part of building the first Human Trafficking Shelter in the River Region.