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7 Kinds of People the Rose Home Needs


At The Rose Home, we know that the people we spend time with are just as important as what we spend our time doing. Sometimes, when people do not have a support network of close family and friends to lean on, they become more vulnerable to traffickers. We work hard to make The Rose Home a healthy, healing environment where girls can rest and work toward a better life. These girls are building a support network to help them transition into building the life that they want to live.

1. Three days a week, the girls work out at CrossFit De Pere.

New experiences can be challenging, but the girls have experienced phenomenal changes since they started attending CrossFit. During CrossFit, the girls learn positive self-talk. When they don’t give up a difficult exercise even though they want to, this drive to work hard starts to bleed over into other parts of programming, because they realize that this challenge is positive, and they want to help themselves. A trainer described one beautiful moment when the girls began to cheer each other on, especially one girl who was especially struggling. She persevered with the help of the trainer and the other girls. You can learn more about CrossFit De Pere at http://www.crossfitdepere.com.

2. Horse therapy helped the girls find support in an unexpected place.

All five of the current residents at The Rose Home went to Exceptional Equestrians and learned how to walk horses. The group therapy experience lasted four weeks. Most of the girls just soaked it up, and although one struggled a bit, the horses responded to all of the girls so well. The people leading the therapy said it was a special experience for them as they had never seen the horses interact with people with such calmness and desire to interact with each of the girls. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.takingtheleadelc.com/about/.

3. Eye Heart World works closely with law enforcement.

Some individuals go out of their way to reach out to the girls at The Rose Home and make them feel welcome. Sergeant Matt Wilson at the Brown County Sheriff's Office and Detective Craig Pakkala with the Green Bay Police Department stop by The Rose Home to spend time with the girls, sometimes bringing cookies, cupcakes, or McDonald’s cheeseburgers. They like to visit around the holidays, with Christmas cookies or Valentine’s Day chocolates. It’s not just about the goodies; these officers help professionally, too. We first met one of the participants when she was in jail and refused help from anyone. Sergeant Wilson insisted that our Outreach Coordinator meet with this girl, and after this, the girl chose to live at The Rose Home and accept the care that she needed. Another time, the former trafficker of one of the girls broke his probation, and Sergeant Wilson made it a priority to find him as quickly as possible.

Other members of law enforcement also support the girls at The Rose Home in special ways. Ashwaubenon Public Safety Officer Melanie Lovato created workouts that the girls can do in The Rose Home to help with anxiety. She also runs a group at the Home about learning the basics of the Bible. Ashwaubenon Public Safety Investigator Bob Messer donated furniture to The Rose Home, and Department of Justice Agent Carl Waterstreet has helped a participant seek charges and is supporting her through the process.

"Their entire worldview shifts, and they take one more step farther away from The Life of trafficking."

This relationship between the girls at The Rose Home and members of law enforcement is especially promising because traffickers do everything they can to create fear and suspicion of the police. This fear breaks down when officers visit The Rose Home, talk with the participants, and let them know someone in law enforcement cares about the girls and wants them to do well. When the girls at The Rose Home realize that members of law enforcement actually care about their wellbeing, their entire worldview shifts, and they take one more step farther away from The Life of trafficking.

4. So many volunteers are vital to The Rose Home and provide essential support to the participants.

In January, we had one wonderful volunteer, Dana Sitar, visit The Rose Home every Monday morning to help teach the girls about nutrition. She cooked healthy recipes for them to try, including a flourless, sugarless almond cake. She brought informational documents about healthy carbs, healthy proteins, important vitamins, and more. Now, the girls are certainly more conscious about eating healthfully! The volunteer also bought each girl water bottle, which they use every day as an alternative to soda and sugary drinks.

"Everyone who has helped build The Rose Home is an important piece of the puzzle."

5. Some volunteers lead groups in The Rose Home with the girls.

Facilitators from Narcotics Anonymous come to The Rose Home for regular meetings in a place where the girls feel safe and comfortable. Other volunteers lead groups like Bible study and life skills, where the girls can find support in the volunteers and one another. Our amazing volunteer crew also helps bring girls to appointments, drive them to run errands, and help organize in the Home. On a similar note, our wonderful, kind-hearted interns are very flexible in assisting coaches with various needs.

 

6. Not everyone who supports The Rose Home interacts with the girls directly, but everyone who has helped build The Rose Home is an important piece of the puzzle.

This includes everyone who donated time and talent to build The Rose Home over the summer and every single donor who, by donating to these girls’ future, put their faith in them. Also, The Rose Home started to accept meals prepared by volunteers, so the participants can focus more on programming, reading, and downtime instead of spending lots of time in the kitchen.

The relationships that the girls build with the coaches and one another will continue to be sources of support long after they leave The Rose Home.

7. Of course, the most constant support to the girls at The Rose Home comes from the coaches themselves.

At least one of our eleven highly-trained, highly-skilled coaches is at The Rose Home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide the immediate support that a girl may need. In sports and at The Rose Home, a coach gives the players what they need in order to be successful, but the coach cannot play the game for the player. Rose Home Coaches employ the strength-based approach in guiding and directing the Rose Home residents on each young lady’s personal journey to healing and empowerment. The relationships that the girls build with the coaches and one another will continue to be sources of support long after they leave The Rose Home.