The Well is located on 83 acres in Bucks County, PA zoned for residential group homes. The residence was completely renovated during the summer of 2014, largely through the efforts of volunteers who provided both labor and materials (CLICK HERE to watch the transformation). The Well provides long-term housing (up to 2 yrs) for female survivors of human trafficking who are 18 and older. Residents are empowered by coping tools that include trauma counseling, education, developing life skills, and vocational training.
During their time at The Well, residents receive individual trauma-informed, evidence based counseling, as well as group counseling using the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM). These models give women the opportunity to work through severe trauma from commercial sexual exploitation. Our staff is also trained in a strength-based approach which uses the empowerment model of care.
All services are provided in a safe environment designed for healing and restoration. Our goal is for residents to gain a foundation for recovery and stability so they can live independent and healthy lives. We believe that the first 90 days of trauma counseling set the groundwork for future development. We therefore include:
|Housing, meals, clothing||Individual & groups counseling|
|Vocational training||Life skills: Laundry, grocery shopping, finances, cooking|
|Wellness||Tutoring, education completion|
|Mentoring, relationship building||Access to community services (dental, medical, mental health)|
|Substance abuse||Creative therapy|
Worthwhile Wear started its journey with overseas programs, primarily in India. Globally, human trafficking affects about 27 million people--22 million of those affected are women. Human trafficking is a human rights issue while also predominately a crime against women. Economics puts many women at risk and, as a consequence our overseas efforts aim to provide vocational training and a market for goods. We partner with local organizations to have the greatest impact.
Worthwhile Go spreads awareness about human trafficking and raises funds for The Well. It raises awareness through cross country cycling and walking adventures that gain media attention and new supporters.
These events have included biking from Fargo, North Dakota to San Antonio and a walking tour from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Los Angeles. Along the way, leader Jay Atlas, along with Sylvester Williams and Shannon Sprowal, have engaged with local residents, faith-based groups, and the armed forces. There most recent cycling trip took four months as they traversed the country from Seattle, Washington to Miami.