Naomi’s House is a comprehensive residential program offering hope and healing. Our home is a safe place fostering healing and faith in Christ that leads to life-transformation. We are:
- Faith-based, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Trauma-informed, integrated with expert therapists and staff
- Committed to her full healing, believing she is the best advocate for her own care
Naomi's House Program
It is estimated that up to 24,000 woman and girls are sexually trafficked — bought and sold for sex — each year in the Chicagoland area. Law enforcement, FBI victim’s specialists, and social workers who work with victims all agree that the biggest need for women “coming out of the life” of sexual exploitation is long-term housing and professional care. In addition to a safe place to live, survivors of sex trafficking need a comprehensive approach to healing, case management, and life-skills.
Victims of sex trafficking also experience an increased level of other systematic obstacles that make each woman vulnerable to relapsing back into the life. These struggles often serve as additional issues that she must overcome in order to live out a healthy life. Our experience as care providers show the following trends from the women we have served at NH:
100% :: Suffered childhood abuse
100% :: Has struggled with substance abuse addiction
100% :: Has a criminal record
100% :: Lacks basic life skills
100% :: Has been diagnosed with mental illness
88% :: Came to NH without medical insurance
63% :: Came to NH without an ID
63% :: Had more than one pimp
50% :: Had been branded (tattooed) by her pimp
50% :: Was lured into sex trafficking as a minor
50% :: Experienced homelessness
Women who have suffered from exploitation experience extreme violence, suffer from substance abuse addictions, and struggle with mental illness. Traffickers provoke feelings of fear, dependency, and helplessness in their victims. The constant threats and environment of fear prevent victims from leaving or seeking help. Traffickers prey upon the vulnerabilities of young women. They lure them into a life of forced prostitution through false promises – they make women feel loved and seen and then use that power to trap them into a life of violence and fear.
In order for women to heal from sexual trauma and sex trafficking, they need to feel safe and connect with other people who can relate to her story. She needs to learn how to live in the present without the memories of trauma impacting her every day.
Naomi’s House works to address each of these needs by providing a trauma-informed, comprehensive program. Our approach to care is to therapeutically meet her emotional, practical, and physical needs. We accomplish this through a highly trained professional staff, an evidence-based daily program, and strategic partnership with other local agencies in the community. Women can stay in our program for up to 12 months.
Each woman works on an Individual Care Plan with our staff where she sets goals, evaluates her progress, and learns to advocate for herself as she prepares to reintegrate back into society. Residents are also matched with mentors – women from various area churches who volunteer several hours a month to meet one-on-one with a resident.
Because our women come to NH with little to no financial resources, our services are free for our residents. In addition to the therapeutic services we offer, our residents receive a warm and safe place to live, nutritional food, clothes, toiletries, and other personal items, as well as 24-hour staff supervision and support. Part of our approach to care is to meet her tangible needs while preparing her to care for herself when she exits from our program. We begin the conversation of reintegration from the beginning of her time with us.
We have seen incredible life-change and growth in the residents we have served and we have witnessed spiritual and personal growth in beautiful ways. Several quotes from various residents help capture what we would define as life-change:
“I’ve got to not give up on myself anymore. I’ve got to show up to my life and fight for it.”
“I would ask God, ‘Why are you allowing this?’ And in my spirit I felt him say, ‘Your pain won’t be wasted.’”
“I’ve had friends that I knew loved me before, but Naomi’s House is the first place where I have experienced unconditional love.”
“I used to feel so stuck. I’m so ready to be different and make better choices.”
Mary Lowman* | Director of Women’s Ministry | The Moody Church
Dr. Pam MacRae* | Professor | Moody Bible Institute
Dr. Susy Francis* | President | Thrive Group International
Julie Busteed* | College Church
Ben Anderson | Partner Development | CauseGear
Lindsay Anderson | Executive Director of Government Relations | University of Illinois
Amy Klobucher | College Church
Ginger Johnson | Director | The Cornerstone Center Foundation
Ray Simmons | The Moody Church
Karen Swanson | Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries | Wheaton College
Greg Thornton | Interim President | Moody Bible Institute
Dr. Maria Cornejo Garcia | Wheaton College
*a member of our Executive Committee