Deborah’s Gate is a national, specialized program of care serving international and domestic women age 18 and up who have been trafficked into situations of sexual and/or labour exploitation.
Deborah’s Gate Residential Program
Deborah’s Gate offers wrap around, customized support for each individual. Internal supports and programming include but are not limited to personal goal development & 24 hour staff support, specialized counselling, cooking classes, nutritious meals, art therapy, gardening, yoga, ESL tutoring, life skills development, weekly and monthly group activities, and multi-faith chaplaincy.
Renew Mental Health And Addictions Program
In 2017, we launched the first ever Canadian specialized mental health and addictions program for survivors of human trafficking, which runs for the first three months of every resident’s stay at Deborah’s Gate. This holistic program offers full time day programming for residential clients which will encompass group and individualized support utilizing modalities such as; SMART Recovery, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Relapse Prevention, along with specialized education and support related to exploitation. Renew has been developed with survivors for survivors and provides a trauma informed space to heal and recover from the impacts of trafficking. This program serves as a platform to renew and restore the heart and mind through build baseline stability, in preparation of pursuing future goals such as education and employment.
New Hope: National Outreach Services
In 2014, Deborah’s Gate launched New Hope: National Outreach Services, for survivors across Canada. This program is the first point of contact for survivors, with the goal of providing a spark of new hope that freedom, exiting, and healing is possible. National Outreach support is available for individuals who have experienced trafficking and/or exploitation, as well as law enforcement and service providers, to be assisted to connect to resources and supports, including Deborah’s Gate. Since inception, hundreds of individuals in emergent circumstances have been assisted to connect to vital supports and exit exploitive circumstances.
Living Hope: Life and Living Skills Program
In 2014, Deborah’s Gate pioneered Living Hope, a life and living skills program created specifically for survivors of human trafficking. The goal is to provide key life and living skill development so each survivor can begin living a life of hope, both for their present and their future, through practical psychosocial development. Each week, residents participate in personal development classes and activities including but not limited to healthy relationships, sleep hygiene, art therapy and fine arts, nutrition, cooking, stress and anxiety management, journaling, employment, and financial responsibility.
Thanks to funding from The BC Ministry of Justice and Public Safety Canada, Living Hope has expanded to include Refresh: Barista Employment Training Program. Refresh is a first step employment training program specialized specifically for survivors of human trafficking to begin the road towards healthy employment reintegration. Participants learn soft skills such as customer service, employment rights, understanding and preventing harassment and bullying, scheduling & time management, resume and interview skills, along with the tangible barista skills of foodsafe, WHIMIS, beverage crafting and baking. Refresh runs multiple times throughout the year and is available to all clients engaged in our programs, and gratefully partners with JJBean to provide coffee for the program along with a one week volunteer practicum to gain firsthand experience working in the foodservices industry.
Contemporary Dance Residency
Deborah’s Gate offers a seasonal dance residency, in partnership with The City of Vancouver, providing professional contemporary dance instruction to participants as a means of physical wellness and healing for those who have been forced to erotic dance. The goal is to redeem skills that were once used for exploitation into something beautiful and dignifying for each survivor who participates
Deborah’s Gate has partnered with community dentists to offer free dental services to residents and outreach clients who have no access to health care including hygiene, extraction, surgical procedures, and restorative fillings
Gym & Fitness Classes
Deborah’s Gate, in partnership with The City of Vancouver, is pleased to provide access for survivors engaged in residential programming who have no other means to cover the cost of gym and fitness classes in the community, with the goal of full psychosocial healing, including physical, for each woman and girl entrusted to us
Tattoo Branding Removal
Deborah’s Gate, in partnership with a community agency, offers free tattoo removal services for those who have tattoo branding, words, or imagery on their body as a result of exploitation
Culinary Arts Program
Deborah’s Gate is pleased to offer seasonal opportunities for residents of our residential program to participate in Culinary Arts instruction resulting in certification from a Red Seal Chef for future work in the food and service industry
External Programing And Partnerships
Deborah’s Gate has partnered with community agencies to provide additional programming including but not limited to educational upgrading, medical/optical/dental services, addiction support, mental health support, a community dance residency and fine arts development.