Type: Full Time
Location: Rescue Houston
Post Date: August 2, 2019
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Rescue America empowers survivors of sexual exploitation to exit the sex trade via its 24/7 hotline network and the Rescue America Emergency Assessment (RAEA) Program. Our program combo bridges the gap between outreach advocacy and long-term restoration, helping to streamline the flow of survivor services, activate and mobilize the community, and unify the local and national anti-sex trafficking landscape. To accomplish our mission, we “stay in our lane” and adhere to our core competencies of response, rescue, assessment, stabilization, and continued care placement.
The values of Rescue America are:
Seek & Honor God’s Voice ● Cultivate Felt Safety ● Empower Freedom
Pursue Peace and Healthy Relationships ● Celebrate BIG
In 2014, we launched Houston’s first 24/7 survivor hotline to provide immediate response and rescue for those wanting freedom from commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. From outreach to exit — distributing and responding to the hotline is one of the most powerful and effective ways to offer hope in the form of safe transport, shelter, and program support to survivors across the nation who are ready and able to exit the sex trade.
To better support the healing journeys of survivors, we focus our efforts on a highly therapeutic, holistic 60-day “reset” known as the RAEA (Rescue America Emergency Assessment) Program. The RAEA Program empowers survivors to continue healing and navigate critical life choices during, and maintain them beyond the eight week program. We seek to reduce survivor relapse by providing the immediate assessment and stabilization support essential to facilitate the most appropriate placement for each survivor’s long-term care.
The Survivor Advocate reflects the heart and embodies the mission of Rescue Houston for survivors. Once a survivor has successfully exited her/his circumstance, the Survivor Advocate’s objective for qualified survivors becomes enrollment in the Rescue Houston emergency assessment program. Upon program entry, the Survivor Advocate seeks to empower each survivor to receive the full benefit of the emergency assessment program effectively serving as her or his case manager.
Survivor Advocates recognize the strategic value of total participation in the exit program and encourage survivors accordingly. To facilitate their continued healing, Survivor Advocates encourage and manage the relationships survivors have with every holistic care provider within the program — establishing genuine interpersonal connection, scheduling appointments, documenting and tracking progress, casting vision, coordinating and providing transportation, and supporting the placement and transition of each survivor into long-term care.
The Survivor Advocate provides the emergency assessment program overview to survivors and serves as case manager for approximately 60 days. Immediately following entry into the program, the Survivor Advocate is responsible to schedule and provide the survivor with a 60-day program calendar that includes the minimum six (6) key recurring weekly appointments that form the foundation of the program — Next Step therapy, professional counseling, spiritual exchange, case management, support group(s), and mentor outings. The calendar will be updated to include appropriate case management appointments as they are coordinated by the Survivor Advocate.
It is the responsibility of the Survivor Advocate to ensure accurate and thorough collection, input, and reporting of the survivor’s experiences from the program overview through to completion of the emergency assessment program — capturing all in the Apricot information system.
As the heartbeat and front line of the agency, Survivor Advocates will communicate survivor and other provider needs and/or grievances to the RAEA Program Director. The Survivor Advocate will faithfully steward all Rescue Houston policies and procedures. The Survivor Advocate can expect a case management load of no more than ten (10) survivors who are actively participating in the emergency assessment program at one time, and if applicable, will equip and manage the Survivor Advocate Assistant who will provide case management support.
The Survivor Advocate is a full-time W2 employee and will maintain agreed upon office hours and adhere to all policies outlined in the Employee Handbook, including submitting timely expense reports. The Survivor Advocate will be paid on a salary basis, offered healthcare sharing coverage, and access to other holistic care benefits including therapy and Spiritual Exchange. Mileage and cell phone expenses are eligible for reimbursement per the Rescue America Expense Reimbursement Policy.
Due to the intense nature of survivor advocacy, it is highly encouraged that the Survivor Advocate take a one-week paid vacation per quarter. In that same spirit, the Survivor Advocate will also commit to a self-care plan (I.e. spiritual development, journaling, rest, exercise, healthy diet etc.) This plan will be presented to the RAEA Program Director upon acceptance of her role who will be entrusted with reminding the Survivor Advocate to engage in her self-care plan. All program therapies will be made available to the Survivor Advocate for her own self-care and growth, as approved by the RAEA Program Director.