As of December 2018 there were more than 10,000 unaccompanied children in U.S. government juvenile immigration detention centers. Once children in these centers turn 18, they are transferred to adult immigration detention centers if they do not have secondary housing options available. These young women and men are placed in facilities with adults where they are vulnerable to abuse and protracted trauma.
Safe Start is a housing project in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) designed to provide safe transitional housing for asylum-seeking young women who are aging-out of juvenile immigration detention centers. In securing housing, these young women are able to avoid being placed in adult immigration detention centers where they are vulnerable to abuse.
Safe Start partners with The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis to provide housing for clients who they recommend would benefit from a smaller, more family-like living environment.
Using the IAFR Jonathan House ministry model, volunteer resident advocates and house staff work with the young women residents to develop and achieve goals leading to financial independence, emotional and physical well-being and community integration.
Safe Start provides stable housing and restorative community for up to 2 female asylum seekers at a time for a period of 9-12 months, with the goal of supporting their transition into stable and independent living in their new community.
Your prayers and financial gifts provide the physical resources and spiritual support for a safe place to begin the work of healing and restoration. Prayerfully consider donating today to Safe Start and join us in the work of welcoming.
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