Restoration: Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been doing Restoration work?

Our Restoration work began in May 2010, as the Lord brought us together with a young woman who became our first resident. We initiated outpatient therapy and case management designed according to her specific needs. From there, we grew to receive more and more women exiting sexual exploitation and have developed a system of aftercare.

How do women enter your program? Do you take referrals?

Exodus Cry is a member of the Kansas City Coalition Against Human Trafficking and is eligible to receive referrals from the Human Trafficking task force and local law enforcement. We also work with NGOs across the country who share the vision for holistic restoration to both refer and receive referrals. Our primary means of intake has been through the exposure of the IHOP-KC webstream and Exodus Cry’s Nefarious documentary. These beacons of light have trumpeted the message of God’s hope and restoration to the nations.

How do I apply for your restoration program?

You can contact us at restoration@exoduscry.com. When contacted by a woman seeking help, our team of first responders will facilitate an initial screening and determine if our program will best serve the needs of the woman. If she meets the requirements for our program, we assess if an outpatient or residential care setting is most appropriate.

What is your intake criteria?

Exodus Cry has a specific mandate for the restoration of young women exiting commercial sexual exploitation; therefore, we adhere to a set of requirements when considering each applicant to our program.
  1. Free-will consent to participation in program
  2. 18-30 years of age (Minors are accepted on a case-by-case basis)
  3. Female victim of commercial sexual exploitation, entailing the exchange of money or valuable goods for sexual services

What services do you offer?

We offer both outpatient and residential services: Outpatient care involves weekly trauma therapy and social services, while residing independently. Residential care involves a daily program schedule, trauma therapy, social services, and oversight from Exodus Cry staff.

Do you have a local aftercare home?

In the summer of 2012, we launched our Kansas City Lighthouse after years of providing decentralized housing in the past. The Kansas City Lighthouse adheres to all state licensing codes and regulations, and is equipped with security systems and emergency response protocols. In order to ensure the maximum protection for our residents and staff, we maintain confidentiality regarding the house’s location.

What is your modality for clinical trauma therapy?

We utilize structure and interventions from Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (EFTT), Person-Centered Therapy (PCT), and Attachment Theory, while also incorporating therapeutic elements from the Life Model and Theophostics. We understand trauma-informed care and healthy bonding to be key factors in healing and growth. We consider each individual’s personality and attachment style as we seek to set a pace for nurturing relationship with God, with self, and with others. As we provide therapy for the women in our program, their voices, in conjuncture with the Holy Spirit, continually sustain the insight and understanding for the process. For more detailed information on our model of Spirit-filled trauma therapy, please contact us at restoration@exoduscry.com.

How long is your Restoration Program?

Both residential and outpatient care can be divided into three phases as we gauge the process with each woman. The transition into and out of phases is dependent on the needs of the individual. We are committed to see her through every phase of the program and beyond.
  • Phase 1: We introduce the core values and vision of Exodus Cry, for the holistic care and healing of the spirit, soul and body. While living in the Lighthouse, we begin working together toward defining and pacing her personal goals and dreams. We estimate this phase to be 6-12 weeks, dependent upon the needs of the individual resident.
  • Phase 2: If we see that the transition into a family unit could be beneficial, we work with SafeFamilies to place the survivor in the personal home of an equipped family. Otherwise, she will continue to live in the Lighthouse and progress in the program. The duration of this phase is estimated up to two years and focuses on extensive emotional healing, core identity formation, and building healthy relationships.
  • Phase 3: This is the transition phase where therapy becomes less frequent and residents begin to live independently, while in full-time school, employment, and/or ministry.

What happens after a woman graduates from your program?

When we receive a woman into our program, we are intentionally bringing her into our family and govern the program length based on her specific needs. We want each woman to know that we will remain available as her home base and long-term support system even after she has graduated the program.

What qualifications do you require for your Restoration staff?

We highly value professional training and credentials, as well as mature spiritual, emotional, and mental development in the individuals on our team. For all specialized services, such as trauma therapy and social work, our staff has a Master’s level of education and work experience in their specific field of practice. For support staff positions, we determine qualifications based on experience and character, while providing them a structure of supervision. We hold to a trauma-informed standard of care and require all Restoration staff members to regularly attend professional trainings on trauma and mental health.

I am a professional and want to offer my services to the work of restoration. How do I get involved?

We are currently building a national network of resources and practitioners to serve these survivors. We are looking for doctors, dentists, lawyers, clinical therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, educators, and specialized residential facilities. If you have expertise or resources that you would like to offer for the work of restoration, please email us at restoration@exoduscry.com.