“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” - Harriet Tubman
“The Jonah Project is building relationships with churches and families to create a network of safe housing options for women and children who are in an unsafe situation or need to heal from trauma away from danger. These safe housing options - whether host homes (transitional housing) or private safe houses - we call “HUBS” on the “Freedom Railroad *TM.”
CURRENT HUBS ON THE FREEDOM RAILROAD *TM INCLUDE:
PEND OREILLE COUNTY in WA STATE
REARDAN / DAVENPORT in WA STATE
We approach this by: -Training and encouraging Advocates as well as Host Homes/families -Operating a Safe Home in the Spokane area as well as the Greater Spokane area -Building relationships with resource providers across the nation -Equipping, encouraging and training churches & families to operate & grow Railroad “Hubs”
Why a "Safe Home" rather than a Facility for long term care? 1.Effectiveness. Facilities & institutional settings simply do not provide the same ability for women and children to heal and grow. Science tells us that and so does our faith! Things like COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT and other issues like homelessness, unemployment, and addiction - are all more prevalent in children who have been exposed to institutional care as opposed to a safe home or family environment.
2. Efficiency. According to DSHS in 2018 - the typical bed in a facility or institution can cost $319/day! A residential facility costs between $1800-$2400/mo. PER resident! So for 8 women or children to be housed safely and securely, with access to resources, meals, clothing and things like mental health care the costs can become incredible. Instead of paying between $6-$8,000 or more a month to operate a facility - survivors can get more direct care within a family setting at a Safe Home for around 1/4 of the costs we see elsewhere... usually around $2,000/mo, or less! These costs can be more efficiently funneled to Survivor Care when we are not forced to pay the operating expenses of corporate model care.
READ MORE about our Host Homes and Safe Homes... "Being a host house can be an intimidating thought. I was first called to be a host home for a trafficking victim who was expecting a child, I welcomed her without hesitation. This, particular, situation was unpredictable and, at times, head scratching. She was a girl in survival mode, she did not have “family” skills, she was needy, and all of that was okay! I was able to give her a space to heal and feel love; without, the obligation of performance of any kind, which was counter to what she had been programmed to expect. With every life I have brought in, I have learned that I cannot expect anything. Every person has walked through their own story that brought them to my door. Being a host-family can be a balancing act of learning how to engage and walk out life with a new soul, and it is some of the hardest work I have done. For my family, it will always be worth it to bring love, and safety to any beautiful life that walks through our door, even if only for a day...I have been equipped to care for others, to help bring freedom into their lives, to show that there is another way of life, to prove that there are safe people in this world, to open perspectives to freedom, to feed, to keep warm, to keep dry, to offer safety, and to supply real love. People are never easy, but I promise it is worth it!" -Nicole G. Jonah Host Home
"Jesus didn’t say, “bring the world to us”, but rather, “go into all the world” (Mark 16:15). The Jonah Project is a shining example of this commission, going into the dark and sad places to rescue the broken and hurting. Both in our community here in Spokane and also on a broader level, working with Homeland Security and other public and government officials, they strive to show the love of Christ and what freedom can truly look like. The unconditional love they show to those they reach out to and rescue from human trafficking is a dangerous love; a love that extends to places most of us aren’t willing to go. This is why we at Life Center Church support The Jonah Project, because God calls us to partner together to reach those who need rescuing and above all need Jesus. The Jonah Project doesn’t just preach the gospel, they live it out boldly, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? We are excited about what God is doing through The Jonah Project and excited about our partnership with them." -Krista Lack Spokane Serving Director - LIFE CENTER