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December 31

Junior League of Santa Barbara Inc.

Organization Mission

The Junior League of Santa Barbara, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Its vision is to be a leading force in improving the lives of children, youth, and families in this community. JLSB’s new focus area is improving the lives of at-risk young women by educating and empowering them to reach their full potential while working to prevent exploitation and injustice in our community.

Social Change Project:
S.A.F.E. House Santa Barbara™ Shelter for Trafficking Victims – Wrap-Around Support

In May 2018, the JLSB’s S.A.F.E House™, Santa Barbara County’s first therapeutic, rehabilitative shelter for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, began accepting survivors. The Junior League aims to support these young women throughout the year through training and mentorship that will equip them with independent living skills, including tutoring, job interview and resume preparation, building self-confidence, and learning how to form and maintain healthy relationships. We also plan on improving the house to continue to meet their unique needs. Placing victims in a safe, caring shelter will keep them from returning to a trafficker and being re-victimized.

As the 2017/2018 S.A.F.E. House™ Project Chair, I ask for your support of this much needed shelter for girls who have survived sex trafficking. Knowing that providing shelter for survivors of sex trafficking was one of the most critical needs in our area, the JLSB worked extremely hard to ensure its opening. S.A.F.E. House™ is saving girls’ lives, helping them heal and giving them a future.
Even before it’s opening, the shelter had a long waiting list of girls who had been pulled out of sex slavery. Its 6 beds were filled immediately. While there remains a waitlist for this home, it further solidified the JLSB’s dedication to getting S.A.F.E. House™ open asap. The girls there are thriving.
We would be thankful for your financial support to make sure these deserving girls receive all the wrap-around support they need.

— Valerie A., Santa Barbara