About The Open Door
Since 1985, Family Assistance Program, has been providing shelter and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence. Through the years, the agency has grown. We now operate shelters, transitional housing, and offices throughout San Bernardino County.
As community needs have been identified, the agency has grown to fill gaps in services. For example, since 2012, we have opened two new shelters, two new transitional housing programs, a youth drop-in center and an anti-human trafficking program: The Open Door.
What We Care About
Due to the growing number of commercially sexually exploited children and adults The Family Assistance Program has created the Open Door Program to provide mentorship, advocacy and support to victims and survivors of sexual exploitation.
Our unique trauma informed program is led by empowerment advocates who are survivors of sexual exploitation themselves. Each person that enters our program is treated with respect, dignity and the opportunity to grow and flourish. We meet each person where they are at, not where we think they should be. We also know that these individuals are victims and not criminals.
How We Help
Our main concern is the immediate health and well-being of our participants.
- Provide an intensive program to help participants make better decisions
- Help participants identify permanent and healthy solutions
- Provide a nurturing environment for participants to grow
Human Trafficking Survivor Art Show
“With life comes hardships, but can you stay down like an anchor? Can you dance through the rain? Can you blossom like a flower?” – A.W.
Our empowerment advocates play“big sister”roles while providing support, encouragement, and hope to our participants. Each advocate is a survivor of sexual exploitation and understands on a very personal level the hardships and struggles of those they mentor.
Advocates visit participants at their location as well as provide outings and incentives to assist participants in reaching their goals.
Considering the need of the participant, the advocate will assist in obtaining and coordinating necessary services and provide referrals where needed, including educational and vocational support.
Our advocates are available to support and provide advocacy to participants as they navigate through the courts and criminal justice system.
Our trauma-informed staff is committed to providing a structured, yet compassionate environment. All Family Assistance Program Shelters accept male, female, and LGBTQ victims of sexual exploitation.
We offer several avenues of empowerment such as Survivor Support Groups, Equine Therapy,and “Ending the Game,” a survivor-led intervention curriculum.We provide Family Empowerment and Crisis Intervention, and offer Community and agency education and training.