During the fall of 2014, The Covering House opened it’s residential program, designed in a long-term therapeutic home setting. The opening of this facility was significant for many reasons. This facility is for girls, between the ages of 13-17 years old, that have experienced sexual trafficking or exploitation in the U.S. This home is the first in the state of Missouri, third in the Midwest and 38th in the U.S. solely for girls under the age of 18 years old that have experienced this trauma.
Our residential program opened its doors on September 12, 2014. But we do things a little differently. Our girls are always learning, always growing, and always on-the-go. We want to help girls reclaim part of their childhood, so we go on weekly outings, family vacations, build incredible blanket forts and, most of all, we laugh.
Our Unique Approach
Our program is built by clinicians looking through a trauma lens and is survivor influenced. We have had the great opportunity to get input from adult survivors and even our past clients who have helped us understand what works and what does not. COVER Care takes the client through a trauma informed holistic program that addresses safety, self-concept, relationships, empowerment, trauma, and restoration.
For students who have experienced trauma, a traditional school setting is not always conducive to learning. Academics will be part of the holistic restorative program and will work in conjunction with therapeutic counseling services and life skills classes.
Individual Counseling will be offered by licensed counselors utilizing our holistic therapeutic model which incorporates Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relational Cultural Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Seeking Safety. Each client in The Covering House program will receive an individualized treatment plan developed by their counselor and treatment team.
A collection of experiential classes will be an essential part of daily living for the clients. The thought is to allow youth to experience learning through a hands on approach. Their classroom will come alive with experiences with nutrition education and culinary skills, culture diversity, gardening and everything in the world around them. Additional experiential classes will include financial stability, wellness, rights and responsibilities as an adult, photography, drama, Bible study and more.