The Women of The Willow are Survivors, those who seek life until they find it.
They live through terrible storms, they bend, but never break.
They escape, and travel to a place where they can grow readily with hope, health, a community of family, love and support.
They heal here, and help to heal their sisters.
They find rest here, and offer rest to their sisters.
But Then Joy.
No longer victims, but daughters of the King, and sisters to ourselves.
We are the Women of The Willow.
We are WillowBend Farms.
WillowBend Farms is NOT a Program ~ WillowBend Farms IS a Commitment to Love
We do not wish to Invent another program, but rather to Facilitate Restoration and Transformation based on the Biblical Principles of the Fruits of the Spirit with Hope-Joy-Love at the Core of Our Foundational Commitment to the Women of The Willow, the Women our Abba Father sends calling to us. WillowBend Farms is committed to the best in Aftercare as the women receive freedom from years of severe psychological, emotional, and physical trauma with Professional care and treatment. We will facilitate health in all areas of life including physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, educational, financial and job skill assessment and partnership. By providing a trauma-informed, two-year after care program, we will evaluate and address the needs of each woman individually to provide a professional based, holistic and strategic approach of care based on biblical principles combined with a strong faith and community based support system.
Because Commitment is held in high regard, Coming into The WillowBend Farms Community means an assessment, counseling, interview and recommendations have been completed by both the survivor and the Hope Team with mutual agreement that this is where she wants to be, and that we feel we have the capacity to be a good fit for her whole life restoration. If detox-addiction services are needed, this will be addressed at the onset, prior to placement with the other survivors, in order to maintain safety and heath for all involved.
Upon Her Choice to leave the past and step into a new future, we are Dedicated to seeing our women set free from their past by meeting them exactly where they are and walking with them through finding their footsteps into Four areas of Restoration:
- Introduction to Hope
- Igniting Joy
- Learning to Love
- Restoration- Body, Mind, Soul
Our Approach is unique, because each woman is unique and she will have her own individualized plan geared to walk her compassionately through the healing process with the education, counseling, accountability, and therapy needed to live life fully transformed. And by living life in a safe environment alongside other women who have survived similar situations, they will grow individually as well as together creating an authentic, genuine community of support to help each other rest, heal, and be strengthened through encouragement, friendship and mentorship.
Introduction to Hope
Many Survivors of Human Trafficking have been branded in different ways, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Upon agreeing to join the WillowBend Family, we begin immediately to de-brand the scars of the past with Hope for the future. This means a period of rest and acclimation to a new environment, with people of compassion and fresh surroundings that the women will come to realize are their own. From the Women being given a mattress that is brand new and their very own to being able to pick out their new sheets, comforters, toiletries and sundry items that they specifically desire. The Introduction to WillowBend is one that says there is a life out there worth coming home to, a life worth living and hoping and believing in again. This will also be a time of introducing where True Hope comes from, where True Compassion comes from and where the Love of Christ is our ultimate influencer of change.
The de-branding also means introducing their true identity in Christ through the Holy Spirit’s compassionate direction. We are a faith-based, non-denominational Christian community that will not force our religious beliefs on the women, but will engage the love of Christ through the introduction of worship, bible study and prayer, as we do believe the love of Jesus is the foundation of healing and hope for all of us. This initial introduction is a period of establishing belief through what the women encounter in us and building a foundation of faith and courage as they learn to walk in life with freedom.
The Spark of Joy in a Woman’s eye who has realized Hope and now wants more, will take your breathe away. Hearing pure laughter escape the belly of the broken-hearted will set your own heart free. And this is what we intend to do. By Authentically engaging in Real life with our women, we want to uncover the passions that they were created with from the inside out. By introducing facets of life where not only they learn to enjoy life, they will also learn life skills. Whether it is in learning gardening and getting their hands in the dirt, or choosing a musical instrument they desire to play because they love the sound of it. Daily classes and opportunities to learn elements that peak their interest will include painting, sewing, writing, cooking and any other numerous activities that we have trained and trusted volunteers available to teach the very things they love to the women so they may come to find what brings them joy also.
This is where laughter begins to envelop the learning as we learn yoga or rescue animals, ride horses, or go on a hike and learn the plants. Organically, communication, education, financial and life skills will evolve through practical application and simply living life together. As these passions and joys begin to emerge, friendship begins to take root and we will point to the One who created us with such depth of skill and creativity that passion for the future and what we were created for, begins to burst forth. We will demonstrate where Joy comes from and that our passions have divine opportunities to affect change not only in our lives, but in the lives of others, just as God intended.
Learning to Love
Love- it is what we wish above all else, what draws us to The Women of The Willow and what we hope over the course of introducing hope and igniting joy begins to birth in them how to be loved pure in heart and spirit and also how to love others in friendship and in life. This element is one where healing really begins to take place. Love has been abused and presented altogether different to the survivors of Human Trafficking and we must commit to transforming that word into truth through our genuine care. We will lead by example, because Love can not be forced or coerced, it must be learned. Love encompasses building trust, establishing self-worth, and equipping them with the integrity within to discern true love. This is where family happens.
This is where Community takes place. This is where Friendship curls up in a comfy chair and listens. This is where our Women of the Willow grow new roots, fresh branches, and blossom into a fulfilled woman with strength and character. Love is not just about loving people, but also about choosing life. WillowBend is committed to building a community and faith based support system like no other through the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are dedicated to praying into the depths of hurt, that true transformation of the heart may abound and abiding in genuine love with our girls to see there is true Hope, Joy & Love accessible through Jesus Christ and Each Other.
Receiving Restoration: Body, Mind & Soul
Restoration: where the good stuff happens! Coming Soon!!