To fulfill its Mission, Community House Damaris is pursuing to accomplish 4 goals:

To assist sexually exploited/trafficked women and youth (with or without children) in the development of interpersonal relationships with their peers and significant others, enabling personal awareness and growth.

To accomplish this activity Community House Damaris implements a curriculum through the A.S.K. Learning Centre day program that is specifically tailored to the unique needs of sexually exploited/trafficked women and youth served by Community House Damaris. Such curriculum covers areas of interpersonal relationships, with a focus on personal awareness and growth. Τhus  the name A.S.K.: Ask, Seek, Knock.

Participants are selected for Community House Damaris’ programs based on 3 criteria:

1) They are being or are at high risk of becoming sexually exploited/trafficked

2) They are within the age bracket of not under the age of 18 but not over the age of 29 and,

3) They are willing to change their way of life and to participate in all levels of Community House Damaris’ programs.

To hire and train volunteers wishing to be live-in servants within Community House Damaris’ housing programs.

These volunteers must have the desire to become role models who lend guidance and direction to the sexually exploited/trafficked women and youth (with or without children) coming into the program.

These volunteers assist program delivery staff in the identification of these women, youth and their children’s needs and provide continuity and stability and a safe home environment for Community House Damaris’ housing programs.

To foster good working relationships with Community House Damariss partners in service and agencies.

In this way Community House Damaris will be better equipped to provide the various needs and services each sexually exploited/trafficked women and youth (with or without children) requires in fulfilling her program.

To accomplish this activity Community House Damaris implements a staff/volunteer position. This position includes the duties of establishing and maintaining good working relationships with partners in service and agencies for the benefit of the sexually exploited/trafficked women and youth served by Community House of Damaris.

Such partners in service and agencies include, but are not limited to, law enforcement agencies, probation officers, social workers, street level agencies such as drop-in centres, detox and drug/alcohol treatment centres, etc.

An example of good partnership relationships with other organizations to the benefit of the young women hosted at Community House Damaris (Goal 3), is our strategic partnership with Salvation Army (Ο Στρατός της Σωτηρίας) in Athens.

The members of Salvation Army can share the potential of Community House Damaris to the girls that need it:

  • With their base, which is located in the center of Athens, in an area which is known to have a significant number of brothels, prostitutes on the street and pimps.
  • With their charity work through the “Green Light Project” program, which is directed to victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

The women in Community House Damaris, completing their cycle of our program, can benefit from the programs that Salvation Army offers, such as employment and mentoring.

To sensitize and promote awareness of the special needs of sexually exploited/trafficked women to whomever Community House Damaris is in contact with and wherever possible to share mutual gifts and talents.

To accomplish this activity Community House Damaris’s volunteers/staff are trained on the many faceted issues surrounding sexual exploitation/trafficking, and as part of their working mandate are always able to provide education and awareness to those they come in contact with.

Community House Damaris believes that by educating people on issues surrounding sexual exploitation/trafficking, they are better able to understand the recovery process that sexually exploited/trafficked women and youth go through when exiting the sex trade. By educating the community at large, Community House Damaris hopes to be an instrument of changing attitudes about women and youth who are sexually exploited/trafficked.

The sharing of mutual gifts and talents occurs in many different ways, one example is to share resources with street-level agencies. Such activity is always implemented for the benefit of the sexually exploited/trafficked women and youth served by Community House Damaris.