17-year old Kim was brought to Brittany’s Place last year by police after being physically attacked by her trafficker. Initially distrustful of adults, she made positive connections with staff in the first few days. However, on the fourth day, she fled, an all-too-common “fight or flight” response for victims of trauma.
Kim returned to her trafficker. But, nine months later, after another life-threatening situation, she returned to Brittany’s Place. However, this time she was ready to accept support from case managers at Brittany’s Place. She set personal goals, followed through, and landed a job with the goal of paying rent and moving away from a life of trafficking.
This fall, 180 Degrees opened a new on-site housing program, Transitional Living at Brittany’s Place. Kim is eagerly awaiting a move into the program from Brittany’s Place short-term Emergency Shelter. She’ll continue to work with staff she trusts who support her goals of becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.