Human trafficking takes a lot from a person – their safety, their sense of self-worth, and even their hopes for the future. At the Rose Home we use vision boards to encourage the women to reclaim their future and to begin to dream big again.
When each new survivor feels settled into The Rose Home, she sits down with a coach to create her very own vision board. The vision board helps her imagine what she wants her life to look like and how it could possibly happen. When it’s finished, a coach hangs the vision board in her room so she can see it every day. On the hard days when nothing seems to be going right, she can look at her vision board, see the bigger picture, and remind herself why the work of healing is worth it.
Take a closer look at two vision boards created by survivors at The Rose Home.
One survivor created the vision board above. She sat down with one of our coaches and flipped through our stack of old magazines. The coach encouraged her to cut out the pictures and the words that stood out to her as positive things that she wanted to bring into her new life.
She chose things that trafficking took away from her: images of the outdoors, sunsets, and horses are things that she enjoys and represent her newfound freedom. She chose phrases like “Get stronger,” and “The choice is yours.” While she was trafficked, all of her choices were limited. Now that she is free from her trafficker, she is free to make her own choices, free to imagine her dreams, and free to and pursue them.
Another survivor created this vision board. Some of the phrases, like “survival,” “against all odds,” and “this is not a quick fix,” spoke directly to her life as a survivor of trafficking. Many of the phrases, though, were more universal. Who doesn’t want to “Bring family and friends together,” “Spread joy,” and “Never give up?”
Her dreams go beyond healing from the trauma of trafficking. She also wants to bring her family closer together, be physically and mentally healthy, and go on adventures. She does not define herself as only a survivor of trafficking—and neither do we.
At The Rose Home, professional trauma-informed therapists will help her cope with the scars that trafficking left on her. To work on her physical health, our partnerships with CrossFit and yoga instructors will allow her to create an exercise routine. Our coaches at The Rose Home will help her cook healthy recipes. As she thinks about what she wants to do for work, our coaches will also help her pursue any education or training she needs.
Creating the vision board allowed her to choose how she saw herself and what she wanted for her future. She is a complete, multi-dimensional person with hope for a better future.
You can provide this hope and healing for a survivor of trafficking by giving to The Rose Home here.