"The need for residential beds for trafficked girls is dire."

Former head of the Northeast Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition

 

Ohio's target rich environment yields about 1,200 sex-traficked victims every year.

Imagine what this means...hundreds of girls who have endured horrible physical and emotional abuse, who have no concept of a normal teenager's life.

They need a place to go...a place where they can heal and learn to live the lives they were meant to before it was taken away.

Gracehaven stands in the gap with them with a residential facility -- only the second residential facility for sex-trafficked minors in Ohio.

This is more than a house. It's a place where the teens can rest. They receive consistent, loving input from a well-trained staff that provides 24-hour care. And they enjoy a positive relational community where love, grace and acceptance is the norm.

For obvious reasons, most of these girls have significant gaps in their learning. They attend an online school in the computer lab at the house for most of their studies. We're also partnering with the local school district to help the girls succeed through IEP's, tutoring and more focused input. We also take the girls on field trips for enrichment and fun, something they've lacked for a long time.

 

MAIN LEVEL

Living Room – The walls are decorated with hand-painted tiles that serve as an encouragement for the girls.

Classroom – Equipped with eight computers. Staff coordinates online education with the local school system.

Kitchen – Fully equipped with all the ammenities. Most of the appliances and supplies have been donated.

Small Meeting Spaces – For individualized tutoring or one-on-one meetings with staff.

Office Space for On-Site Staff – A place for staff to make phone calls and take care of administrative functions.

 

LOWER LEVEL

Quiet Sitting Room – The girls can enjoy quiet times of reflection and build relationships with each other.

Counseling Room – A private, appealing space where the girls meet with counselors

 

UPPER LEVEL

Bedrooms and Baths – Five bedrooms have been intentionally designed to be a place where the girls feel comfortable and “at home.” While we have 10 beds, we are licensed for eight girls because we realize there will be times when one or two girls will need more privacy.

 

HOUSE FACTS

Gracehaven House is only the 2nd residential facility for minors in Ohio.

The property spans 9.5 acres and includes a high-tech security system with 10 cameras and motion sensors inside and out.

The house is staffed with resident assistants who stay awake around the clock.

 

 

Watch a Virtual Tour of the Gracehaven House

(Video is 9 minutes long)