Houston's a city of great giving and the CultureMap Charity Challenge aims to highlight that. CultureMap selected 12 deserving nonprofits to compete for a grand prize as they all raise awareness for worthy causes. Today: Freedom Place.
Freedom Place is a Christian-oriented care and recovery center for underage female victims of domestic child sex trafficking. It is the first long-term, comprehensive care facility in Texas for underage victims of domestic child sex trafficking and is one of only five such facilities in the country. The organization's mission is to offer a successful path to freedom for American children who have suffered as victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
When a girl arrives at Freedom Place, she is immediately placed on her personal path toward healing and a team of on-site medical, mental health and education professionals begin a comprehensive evaluation and prepare a personalized plan of care for each girl.
Girls spend approximately one year in Freedom Place's recovery program. The organization exhausts every opportunity to successfully reunite her with immediate family or relatives, if necessary. If that isn't an option, Freedom Place will arrange foster care within their network of Christian families, and if she is approaching 18, they will help her transition to successful independent living.
Surrounded by forest, the tranquil setting of Freedom Place's 110-acre campus provides a caring environment for the girls to begin their healing process. The girls living at Freedom Place enjoy amenities such as a swimming pool, a covered basketball court, a small lake with canoes and even a stable with horses to groom.
Since beginning in 1992 with foster care, new services and programs continue to develop and expand to help fulfill the organization's mission of helping kids and strengthening families.