Healing Action is a St. Louis based non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed direct care services to victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking aged 18 and older. Your donations will directly help fund our service programs, which include the following:
Peer Support is the giving and receiving of support between people with a common experience. Services are person-centered with a focus on recovery, rebuilding and relationship. A Certified Missouri Peer Specialist serves in the role of a mentor, working directly with members, guiding them toward achievement of specific goals that have been defined by each member. The Peer Specialist willingly shares experiences of strength from her own recovery story as appropriate to provide encouragement to the member wherever they are at in their process. The members participate in support groups consisting of peers, weekly 1:1 coaching, art therapy and other recovery-based activities. Peer Specialists are an integral part of each member's recovery as peer support is entwined in everything that is done at Healing Action.
Holistic Safety involves mutual empathy and empowerment methods to reduce trauma and substance use symptoms and increase safe coping in relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions. We access methodologies in the worlds of arts, exercise, meditation, experiential learning, and informal education. Our therapeutic services center on connecting the body and mind to empower women to recover through the intensive work of healing from trauma and, at the same time, provide lifelong tools and options that are healthy and constructive. Holistic Safety includes specific Peer Support Services, Service Management, Psychoeducation groups, and Trauma Therapy. Healing Action provides components of Holistic Safety to our partner agencies Eden's Glory and The Covering House.
PROJECT HALO (HEALING ACTION LIFE OPPORTUNITIES)
In partnership with St. Louis City Department of Corrections, and St. Louis County Public Defenders office, Healing Action has developed a program for individuals coming through the criminal justice system that have a history of commercial sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. After potential members are identified, Healing Action begins advocating for thier admittance to the HALO program as an alternative to incarceration, and once court ordered, HALO members start the road to complete the 18 month program.
PROJECT RENT (RECOVERY ENVIRONMENT FOR A NEW TRANSITION)
In December 2016, Healing Action started its long term supportive housing pilot program with a two bedroom apartment located in South St. Louis city that houses two of its members. Adult women that have at least 1 year sober, that are active in a 12 step recovery program, and participate in the services provided by Healing Action, can live in a safe and stable environment while they continue to journey through their recovery, working towards self-identified goals, including employment, education and independence.
PROJECT HEAL (HEALTHCARE EDUCATION AND APPLIED LEARNING)
Healing Action strives to provide all victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation with the opportunity to receive quality physical and mental health services from providers that are trauma informed and trained in both the warning signs as well as the resources available in the community.
In an effort to create this reality, Healing Action is partnering with local hospitals and medical centers to provide presentations and specifically tailored trainings to health care professions throughout St. Louis city and county.
PROJECT LEAP (LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARENESS PROGRAM)
Throughout 2017, in partnership with the St. Louis Police Department Human Trafficking Unit, Healing Action is providing 30 experiential based trainings to the St. Louis Metro Police Department in its entirety. Healing Action also continues to maintain a working relationship with the St. Louis County Police Department Trafficking Unit by providing consultation, referrals, and survivor advocacy throughout the survivor's interaction with the criminal justice system.