SAS Closes SAFE House – February 5, 2016

The Board of Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary (SAS) has made the very difficult decision to close its Servants Anonymous Facilitated Exit (SAFE) Program due to lack of funding. The SAFE Program was developed and implemented as a pilot project in 2009 and provided an award winning rapid exit safe house providing immediate exit from dangerous and sexually exploitive situations to women and their children. Working closely with the Calgary Police Services, provincial corrections, RCMP, and numerous local community agencies the Program was designed to provide a period of stabilization from addictions and trauma prior to entering the SAS Life-Skills Program.

Despite very successful outcomes and a Social Return on Investment of $8.59/$1.00 spent the Servants Anonymous Society SAFE Program lost its funding at the end of 2013. Although SAS has been continuing to run the SAFE Program with bridge funding and contributions from some very generous donors for the past 2 years, those funds have not been sufficient to cover the full cost of delivering the program.

Established in 1989, Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary offers integrated supports that allow women and girls as young as 16 who are exiting or at risk of sexual exploitation or human trafficking to learn the skills they need to start a new life. We offer housing, deliver crucial services including a Recovery-oriented Life-Skills Program, Employment skills development, Childcare and Child/Family Development Program, and a long-term Community Follow-Care Service. All of these programs and services will continue to be offered by SAS.

SAS will continue working to explore funding options in the hope of re-establishing the SAFE program.

The Board would like to thank all Alumnae, donors, funders, staff, and volunteers, for their ongoing dedication to the women of SAS and the programs and supports they need to successfully exit sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

To explore options for supporting SAS through volunteering or donation please contact Theresa Jenkins, Manager Resource Development. Offers of support will always be welcomed.

For additional information or to speak with Linda Wyatt, Executive Director please contact

Theresa Jenkins / Manager Resource Development

Office: 403-205-5529 / Cell: 403-714-6099 / Theresa@servantsanon.com