The REST House is a supportive, residential program for up to six women ages 18–30. It is a recovery-oriented, individualized program that provides the warmth of a home and the time needed to prepare for greater independence. You can stay up to a year, and participate in supportive services like trauma counseling and team-based case management while pursuing life goals that are most important to you.
If you or someone you know is interested in the REST House, call our 24/7 Hotline.
Once you call, we’ll complete a screening and application and set up an in-person interview to determine if the REST House is right for you.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible if you:
Are aged 18–30
Have experienced the sex trade
Are committed to pursuing a clean, sober, life outside of the sex trade
Am pregnant or have a child/children
If you are parenting, you may have one child, up to the age of three years old, stay with you at the REST House.
Am still dependent on drugs or alcohol
In order to participate in this program, you must agree to stay clean and sober during your stay, and be willing to participate in chemical dependency treatment—we can help you with this.
What should I expect?
A three-phase program
Phase 1: Safety (Month 1)
The first month at the REST House is meant to help you feel welcome and safe. We’ll support you in identifying and reducing harm through safety planning, recognizing your strengths, and developing your skills. You get to work on the things that are most important to you, so we’ll begin to identify your most important goals that you’d like to accomplish during your stay.
Phase 2: Connections (Months 2–6)
During this phase, we will help you build a team of supportive people and create a plan to meet your individual goals at your own pace. You get to plan out your weekly schedule in a way that will work best for you to implement your goal plan.
Phase 3: Resolutions (Months 7–12)
This is when you and your team get to show your determination in following through with your plan and reaching your goals. This should be a phase for celebrating your accomplishments and determining what you would like to do after graduation.
Care for the whole you.
We seek to care for the whole person. This means we create opportunities for you to grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As we learn more about you, we individualize parts of this program to meet your specific needs.
You may not feel ready to talk about the painful experiences in your past, and that’s okay. We’ll connect you with a therapist and a weekly support group to gain emotional stability in your daily life. You have the freedom to move at your own pace.
Your physical health and safety are important to us. We provide basic nutritious food and keep our location confidential so that all residents can feel safe. We can also refer you to any needed medical services.
REST is a Christian non-profit, but we serve individuals of all faith backgrounds. You will not be forced to engage with spiritual growth or make a confession of faith, but through times of individualized reflection, we provide the opportunity for you to explore your own faith.
Just for you.
We understand that everyone is different. Each person at the REST House has a unique background and specific needs. We want to honor your story, your strengths, and your culture as you create a plan that makes sense for you.
Team-Based Case Management
Within the first four weeks of your stay at the REST House, our case manager will meet with you to explore your strengths, needs, and priorities.
Your schedule will reflect your priorities.
You can also identify the people you trust to help you reach your goals.
While you are at the REST House, you commit to participate in a weekly community dinner and house meeting, weekly therapy, and case management. We also have a graduated curfew at 10:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m., or 12:00 a.m., depending on the length of time you have been in the program. We encourage you to use this time to determine your own goals and pursue them.
On the weekends, you will have the option to participate in planned activities and outings with staff and other residents.
On Sundays, you will have the option to attend a local church with staff and other residents.
Together, with you.
Moving into a new place with people you don’t know is hard. We are available to support you, encourage you, and cheer you on along the way. Our hope is that you are able to build trusting and meaningful relationships with other residents and the REST team so that you know you aren’t in this alone.
Cooperation, not competition.
In order to survive a life in the sex industry, competition is natural, and at times, necessary. However, cooperation is a skill that can enable you to achieve greater success because you are working with each other instead of against one another. At the REST House, we seek to develop an environment of cooperation for all.
Our hope is to help you build the relationships you need to reach your goals and experience success, as you define it. This includes gaining skills in identifying safe people, establishing healthy boundaries, and building a community that is supportive both during and beyond your stay in the REST House.
To start the application for the REST House, call our 24/7 Hotline at (206) 451-REST (7378).