Talitha Cumi Restoration House

image Talitha Cumi Restoration House is not just a structure or building, a program or approach; it is a place where hope is given, healing is offered, and lives are restored. We believe it is never too late for an individual - especially a child - to be rescued and lovingly restored to a life filled with hope, purpose, and love. The Talitha Cumi House is intentionally designed to provide a long-term home as opposed to an opportunity to graduate from a program. Statistics show the majority of children who are victims of sex trafficking, exploitation, or ritual abuse do not have safe homes and loving families to return to once they are rescued. Trauma specialists report that the time frame of just beginning to recover from this type of complex trauma takes a minimum of 4 to 5 years. The first Northern Arizona location will be the base model that provides a beautiful, serene setting offering a comprehensive, holistic approach unique to each child, which encompasses her physical, emotional, educational, psychological, and spiritual needs.

Guiding Principles

  • Participants are free to choose (or not) Safe House placement.
  • Cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution is not a condition for placement.
  • Our Safe Houses are a safe and supportive environment where participants can meet their basic physical needs (e.g. food, warmth, shelter, hygiene), and address their social needs to effectively make positive changes in their lives, and prevent re-victimization.
  • It is a place to heal, empower, promote and create a sense of hope for the future, and to foster overall life changes by mobilizing and supporting each participant's innate healing or coping strengths, and promote each participant's own capacity for recovery.
  • It is a place to equip participants with a clear understanding of what their rights are and also to equip participants with necessary life skills and emotional capacity which can be drawn upon to resist and challenge alienation, stigmatism and shame.
  • As every participant has experienced multiple levels and degrees of trauma, all services and policies (e.g. discipline and other) reflect this fact.
  • We support a non-traditional therapeutic environment (comprehensive, active therapeutic environment involving animals, art, somatic experiencing, movement therapies, prayer, etc.) and a family-like setting (e.g. staff and participants have meals together, "family style" case management, "participant driven treatment in a family setting.)