At point of intake, SAS works to address the immediate needs of women seeking to exit sexual exploitation. Through the Exploitation Intervention and Transition Program (EXIT), SAS provides a trauma-informed, wrap around, client-driven outcomes model of support delivered as a continuum of services that support women from immediate exit and safety from violence and sexual exploitation through trauma recovery to supported independent living in the community. This occurs through participation in the SAS EXIT Life-skills Classroom program (a recovery-oriented comprehensive life-skills program), SAS employment training and skill development, educational support, linking to community resources and access to community based supports including physical and mental health care, counseling, legal assistance, and addiction treatment.
Through one-on-one intensive case management, the EXIT Program supports women as young as 16, with or without children, as they exit from sexual exploitation. SAS provides immediate and safe supportive housing allowing women to stabilize and begin the process of healing, and supports program Participant’s progress through transitional housing to independent living as the women graduate through the EXIT program. SAS also provides onsite childcare for program Participants’ children, as well as comprehensive long-term community ‘Follow Care’ support to women and their children.
Social value is created for government systems through decreased justice system costs associated with prostitution, drugs and violence (including homicide), decreased health care costs for marginalized and extremely high-risk individuals, decreased involvement of Children’s Services and improved health and wellbeing of children. Further value is created in the community by both decreasing risk of crime related to drugs and poverty. To the Participants there is significant social value in experiencing less violence, increased safety, and decreased marginalization, stigmatization, and social isolation.
The SROI ratio indicates that in the course of three years, the overall social value of investment in the SAFE program is $8.57 for every dollar invested. This is the result of three years of value creation, with year one seeing $9.03 in social value created, year two seeing $6.81, and year three seeing $9.88. In this way, addressing the immediate needs of women seeking to leave the sex trade and supporting these women in transitioning through the programming at SAS creates not only meaningful and important change in the lives of these women but also a significant amount of social value within the community.