The ultimate end for The LifeGuard Group is to see human trafficking victims re-identify themselves as a survivor. Because of the brokenness they have experienced in their lifetime, torture, abuse and mental manipulation, they have developed what they would classify as a “new normal.” For some, it is all that they know; abuse, neglect, detachment, and survival. They have convinced themselves, as a means of survival, that they must get through this on their own. They trust very few, and even then, it is limited. Helping an individual come to the place of healthy self actualization, they need someone to come alongside them in this journey we call RESTORE.
For any and all of these to take place in an individual's life there must be an advocate…a VŌCŌMÉ. One that comes alongside of another on a journey, not just to guide, but to provide comfort, support and companionship as well as a listening ear.
VŌCŌMÉ volunteers are appointed and trained by The LifeHouse Staff to play an integral role in the restoration process of a victim/survivor of human trafficking. They stay with each case until it is closed and the individual has left The LifeHouse. The LifeHouse serves women ages 18 years old and up.
Volunteers will come alongside an individual to provide healthy social interaction as well as be a liaison with that individuals case manager. The VŌCŌMÉ advocate will be involved with that individual in decisions that are made concerning her care.
The most outstanding results, to come from any endeavor, are born from a solid foundation of feeling and being supported. To provide support, we need to advocate for people in three simple ways; people need to feel heard, valued and understood. When someone comes to us, we are not there to fix or solve their problems, we are there to hol
The most outstanding results, to come from any endeavor, are born from a solid foundation of feeling and being supported. To provide support, we need to advocate for people in three simple ways; people need to feel heard, valued and understood. When someone comes to us, we are not there to fix or solve their problems, we are there to hold the space for them to vent, be in fear, and express their more reactive or worried emotions.
Advocating for others comes from holding a deep and genuine belief in who they are and what they are capable of achieving. When we give this, and the other person trusts our belief in them, they will live up to the beliefs we hold to show us (and themselves) they are as capable as we believe.