The OEW Hope House is a program of
We are not affiliated with any other Hope House programs.
Awards and Memberships:
2009 - The OEW Hope House staff was recognized by the Western NC Crime Victims Coalition for providing outstanding services to victims of crime.
2010 - The OEW Hope House Founder was invited to speak at a Congressional Briefing on the topic of shelter work for domestic victims of sex trafficking.
2012 - The OEW Hope House Founder was presented the Good Samaritan Award by the Trafficking in America Task Force.
2012 - The OEW Hope House Founder was invited to serve on Shared Hope International's/EPCAT USA National Colloquium: A gathering of experts and practitioners of restorative shelter and services across the nation to inventory and discuss the varying responses to sex trafficking victims to identify more and better options.
2012 - The OEW Hope House Founder was awarded FBI Director Community Leadership Award.
2012 - The OEW Hope House Founder was accepted to serve on the NC Human Trafficking Commission through the Governor's office.
The OEW Hope House is a member of NC Stop Human Trafficking, NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Sol.Media Network, and the Shared Hope Restorative Shelter Working Group.
The OEW Hope House has been successfully caring for Domestic Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking since 2009. We offer a holistic, trauma-informed model of care. Our Director of Residential Care, Julia Clarke and Program Administrator, Amena McShea M.A., NCC, BCC, PCC give supervision to the program, along with our live-in staff. All staff receive a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education per year which includes PTSD Training and Trauma Informed/Sensitive Training. Our program focuses on the following:
The residents of OEW Hope House attend mandatory weekly therapy sessions with a Master’s-level licensed therapist specializing in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. We have seen tremendous results with this model of therapy, which is evidence-based model of therapy that works well with children who have experienced severe PTSD. The therapist also utilizes the following inventories with each resident (pre- and post-treatment) and scores are logged to measure success: UCLA PTSD Index-RI; Child Depression Inventory; Trauma Symptom Checklist; and Strengths/Difficulties Questionnaire. The residents who need additional counseling are provided with an addiction counselor. We also partner with a local agency that provides intensive in-home services for residents who need this service. We offer art, pet, and equine therapy as an option, but they are not mandatory.
The residents of OEW Hope House frequently attend the gym, which also offers personal trainers and a variety of classes. Some of our residents play sports in community leagues. We also provide a nutritionist to develop personalized healthy eating plans.
Residents of OEW Hope House participate in a wide variety of social activities, such as group outings, concerts, educational field trips, overnight retreats, youth group events and more. We do our best to incorporate ‘normal’ teenage activities into our program.
Residents of OEW Hope House are provided a home school education with a teacher who customizes their curriculum based upon their needs and assessment scores. A local Christian school conducts our educational assessments when each new resident arrives. The results, as well as previous school records, allow us to better understand her learning style and we tailor the home school program to meet her unique needs. If a resident is age 16 or older, she can participate in GED classes at a local community college, if she wants to earn her GED. She can also participate in dual enrollment at that community college to earn college credits. In addition to our homeschool program, we offer a variety of life skills classes such as financial management, cooking/baking, nutrition and health, etc. Our residents also participate in activities of their choosing such as sports, dance, karate, ballet, voice lessons, drama, art, etc.
Our staff and volunteers share a common faith in Christianity. While we are a faith-based organization, we do not “force” our beliefs on any of the residents. We operate in a very accepting, loving, non-judgmental manner. The atmosphere of our house includes prayer, bible study, and Christian music. It is our hope that our residents will choose to participate, but we will not force them to - nor will they receive any judgment or
reprimand if they choose not to. We have a non-discriminatory policy and we provide our services to clients in need regardless of their race and religion.
Residents over the age of 16 can apply for a paid, educational fellowship through our Fields of Hope program, in which they receive a monthly stipend for 10 hours per week. They make hand-made products and go through a job skills curriculum we developed that lasts for 4 semesters (1 calendar year). They have the option to attend just one semester (12 weeks), or continue on for the additional semesters. They learn financial management, how to work with difficult people, resume building, interview skills, leadership, and much more.