By Dawn Regner
GenerateHope is SDPA's 2019-2020 Charity of the Choice, and we look forward to a year of working with GenerateHope to help survivors of sex trafficking.
Founded in 2009 by Susan Munsey, a survivor of sex trafficking herself, GenerateHope began out of a desire to address the needs of those who have survived the trauma of sex trafficking.
In 2010, GenerateHope opened its Recovery Center in San Diego, a safehouse providing residential services for up to 6 female trafficking survivors over the age of 18. The facility is designed as a "caring family environment," with 2 full-time live-in "house moms." In 2016, GenerateHope acquired, through generous donors, a new facility in Coronado. This "Transition House" also houses 6 women and 2 house-moms, and provides a 2nd step in the process of complete recovery. Since its founding, GenerateHope has been a refuge for over 105 women.
GenerateHope offers holistic services to promote complete healing as well as discovery of a new and purposeful path for those who have been trafficked. Services include long-term, safe housing, individual and group therapy, education and re-training that includes GED and college support, career prep, etc., and ongoing case management facilitating access to social, medical and community support services.
GenerateHope's 1-year Recovery Program includes "guided independence," focusing on GED and collegiate support, internships, and living-wage vocational development. GenerateHope notes that "the healing process takes time and is committed to the long-term care for each woman on this journey."