“Holly’s” Story

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“Holly” came into Gracehaven’s care on an emergency placement. She was fresh off of the streets after being trafficked up to 30 times a day. Because of this, she had several medical issues including withdrawing from crack and sexually transmitted infections. For the first few days Holly just sobbed in her bed. She was scared she wouldn’t see her mother again because she was complicit in Holly’s trafficking. And she was terrified at where she was, and who we were.

For the first couple of months Holly kept to herself, was very quiet and extremely submissive. She had never advocated for herself before. She was a “yes girl” and went along with whatever someone told her to do, even if it wasn’t in her best interest.

Gracehaven's staff and therapist patiently worked with Holly to help her feel safe and begin embracing her need for healing. And a few months into therapy Holly started to learn some critical applications: how to speak up for herself; how to have healthy boundaries; and how to resolve conflict. She also started learning about God and the Bible, especially His love for her. As a result, she accepted His gift of forgiveness for herself. She continues to read her Bible and other Christian books daily.

Today, Holly is a different person! She is the light of every room she enters, and continues to make everyone laugh throughout the day. She takes pride in being the leader of the house, and being the “big sister” to the other girls. She is working towards her GED, and plans to attend cosmetology school.

While at Gracehaven, our social workers helped her get her first real job, obtain an ID, and start a checking and savings account. She has completed drug and alcohol treatment, and says she never wants to return to the lifestyle.

Holly is moving in with a host family while she finishes her GED and gets enrolled in cosmetology school. Gracehaven will continue to support her as a community client. Holly plans to get a driver’s license soon, continue therapy, and continue to attend her new church and Bible study groups where she has finally found peace. 

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