Samaritan House today broke ground on ‘The Hallow,’ a licensed facility unique to Virginia that will serve survivors of human trafficking under the age of 18. The groundbreaking is the culmination of a multi-year capital campaign and coordination to provide a safe, extended stay, secure residential facility for human trafficking survivors under the age of 18.
“We are excited to break ground on ‘The Hallow’ as young survivors of human trafficking in Hampton Roads have few options for safe housing that can address their needs,” said Robin Gauthier, Executive Director of Samaritan House.
“Oftentimes, unverified relatives, temporary shelter or foster care may be available, but are not the best option for trafficked youth that come to us with severe mental health and physical issues. And many times, trafficked youth are placed in juvenile detention for their protection, which exacerbates their unique problems. ‘The Hallow’ will be a safe refuge for these young survivors to begin healing” continued Gauthier.
‘The Hallow’ is located on two acres in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach and will initially be able to accommodate up to eight individuals. The facility will be licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and will be staffed 24/7. In addition, the facility will incorporate trauma informed design and includes classroom space, a recreation room, individual bedrooms and access to all of Samaritan House’s services that include counseling, advocacy, case management and unique services such as equine therapy.