Courage House Northern California is not just a structure or building, a program or approach; it is a place where hope is given, healing is offered, and lives are restored. We believe it is never too late for an individual—especially a child—to be rescued and lovingly restored to a life filled with hope, purpose, and love.
Courage House Northern California opened on August 1, 2011. It is a state-licensed, long-term residential level 12 group home for six girls, ages 11–17, with plans to build ten cottages on the 50-acre property to accommodate sixty girls in the future. Courage House Northern California is located in an undisclosed, rural location.
Our Courage House facility and program is intentionally designed to provide a long-term home as opposed to an opportunity to graduate from a program. Statistics show the majority of the young women who are victims of sex trafficking do not have safe homes and loving families to return to once they have “graduated from the program.” Trauma specialists report that the time frame of just beginning to recover from this type of complex trauma takes a minimum of 4 to 5 years.
Our Northern California location provides a beautiful, serene setting that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach unique to each child, which encompasses her physical, emotional, educational, psychological, and spiritual needs. Focused trauma therapy, an on-site school, dance/music/arts studio, equestrian and riding program, as well as a variety of classes in social and life skills are offered to each girl so she is thoroughly equipped, encouraged, and empowered to begin the journey of healing and restoration.
Trafficking of Children in Northern California
Domestic sex trafficking of minors is a prominent and growing issue in the greater Sacramento area. Its location between Seattle and Las Vegas, and the short drive to the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as large cities in Southern California, make it a prime spot for the sale and trafficking of minors. In the last several years, a local FBI task force has recovered over 300 girls being sold for sex; the youngest was eleven years old. However, due to the fact that this is such a hidden crime, this number grossly understates the size of the problem.
Of the 300 girls rescued in the Sacramento area, a large percentage of them have no home, no family, and no services to support them. As late as 2009, there were only three homes for minor victims of sex trafficking in the United States with a total of 32 beds. Today, that number has grown to approximately ten homes totaling over 150 available beds, which isn’t even enough beds for the children rescued in just the Sacramento area.