The Samaritan Women / The Institute for Shelter Care
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Our ministry serves to end sexual exploitation through restoration of survivors, research in trauma based care, and nationwide education.
We take our name from the Bible story in John 4, where Jesus encounters the Samaritan Woman at the Well. This exchange between the Lord Jesus and this shunned, isolated woman (with a past) teaches us how we are to relate to one another.
In this story, Jesus ignores the rules of His society and instead talks with a woman that others have rejected. And even though He knew "all that [she] ever did," He still received her with non-judgment and compassion. As a result, the woman is transformed! She returns to her village-the same one that rejected her-and ends up becoming the very first disciple. Because of her testimony, many came to believe.
That is what we believe: regardless of who you are or what you may have done, you should be received with non-judgment and compassion. We believe that through a transformational relationship with Christ, your past is no longer who you are; you can be used for AMAZING things in Him.
The Samaritan Women
PO Box 43818
Louisville, KY 40253
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Jeanne Allert
Chairman: Mark Pruim
Board size: 9
Founder: Jeanne Allert
Ruling year: 2013
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 12/31
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 2015
Our Vision: That any survivor, anywhere in the nation, would have access to qualified, compassionate care.
Guided by our faith, we advance quality care for sexually-exploited persons through:
Transformative residential care programs
Supportive shelter mentorship
Statement of faith
The Samaritan Women is a faith-based organization and as such we believe the following:
About God God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God.
- Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates us from God.
- Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
We were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
- John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
- Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:1
Salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works - only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.
- Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, we are secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
- John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We seek to live under His control daily.
- 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
About The Bible
The Bible is God's word to all persons. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for a Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
- 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:1-13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Baptism symbolized the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is our public declaration that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Baptism does not save us, but shows the world that we have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates our love and obedience to Christ.
- Colossian 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesian 2:8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember His sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather it is a testament of a believer's faith in the atoning work of the cross.
- Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||15/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||9/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||4/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||No||0/4|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||4/4|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||4/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||4/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||No||0/4|
|Total donor confidence score||92/100|
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Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||1017 of 1094||151 of 161|
|Fund acquisition rating||1071 of 1097||161 of 161|
|Resource allocation rating||1088 of 1097||159 of 161|
|Asset utilization rating||492 of 1094||86 of 161|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$692,074||$579,718||$386,349||$788,605||$414,250|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$1,221,819||$1,191,819||$767,247||$1,394,645||$800,849|
|Other long-term assets||$575,417||$1,067,021||$447,525||$0||$3,594|
|Total long-term assets||$1,359,038||$1,929,190||$1,329,168||$850,256||$617,264|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$28,666||$5,269||$30,021||$40,983||$23,376|
|Other current liabilities||$30,000||$18,799||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$58,666||$24,068||$30,021||$40,983||$23,376|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$163,807||$57,475||$0||$1,483||$1,073|
|Total long-term liabilities||$313,844||$207,512||$191,782||$212,796||$231,073|
|Without donor restrictions||$1,758,697||$1,381,298||$1,195,335||$628,584||$576,396|
|With donor restrictions||$449,650||$1,508,131||$679,277||$1,362,538||$587,268|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$23,024||$90,972||$38,565||$9,047||$6,782|
|Total other revenue||$33,066||$73,975||$3,167||$49,655||($18,958)|
|Management and general||$287,053||$183,475||$182,823||$392,016||$214,460|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||($681,082)||$1,048,317||($116,510)||$829,504||$336,641|
|Jeanne Allert||Executive Director||$95,545|
Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020
Response from ministry
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/19/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
The Samaritan Women was founded in 2007, when one woman was so moved by the stories and circumstances of women on the street, that she felt called to do something. This holy discontent led her to give up a lucrative career, sell her company and deplete her savings to purchase an abandoned 23-acre estate in Baltimore, Maryland. From this place she inspired others to take action. Over the next four years, hundreds of volunteers, churches, and companies would give countless hours to reclaiming the land for an urban farming enterprise, restoring a Colonial home to serve as our administrative offices, and renovating an 1883 Victorian mansion to establish Maryland's first long-term residential program for victims of domestic human trafficking.
The Samaritan Women formally launched its anti-trafficking awareness work under the Maryland Rescue and Restore Coalition. A citizen-led effort, the Coalition advanced public awareness across the state, with specific focus on schools, congregations, and civic leaders. During its tenure, the Maryland Rescue and Restore Coalition helped to host awareness rallies at 11 college campuses, sponsored trainings for medical, law enforcement, and business professionals, we were the first in the State to host FAAST's Hands that Heal training, and JRI's My Life My Choice training for area professionals. We participated in advocating for legislative change, and have inspired the creation of several county-level anti-trafficking task forces.
TSW formally opened our long-term residential facility with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony. This home offers a capacity of up to 14 survivors. Here we provide comprehensive care for women with complex trauma as the result of childhood sexual abuse, fatherlessness, poverty, neglect, substance abuse, and the relentless torture of having been sold in the commercial sex industry. Our healing program is survivor-centered and trauma-informed in a loving, Christ-centered environment. We invest in them through therapeutic care, self-care, relational and life skills, spiritual formation, academic achievement, and vocational training.
We were blessed with a generous gift from a local philanthropist, which allowed TSW to acquire our second facility. This undisclosed location helped us expand our Continuum of Care model by providing a dedicated environment for our first phase of healing, and also increased our staffing by several new hires. This Assessment Program house has a capacity of 6 beds and a 90-120 day length of stay. Following successful completion of this phase of our program, a woman moves to our Baltimore location. In 2016 we relocated this first phase to an alternative location.
More Blessings! More women serviced! We celebrated five graduations this year. A Boston-based philanthropist was inspired by our work and funded the acquisition of our third home. This home completes our Continuum of Care model by expanding our work to include a Graduate Program. Here, women who have completed the Restorative program can continue their healing and their relationship with college, employment, and their TSW family for up to two more years.
We hosted a national conference of residential service providers and a local conference for our church partners. We published a national report on funding needs and co-authored a report with D.O.J.
We increased in Operations as well. Three loyal staff were promoted into new positions (Deputy Executive Director, Director of Survivor Services, and Director of Spiritual Care), and we welcomed several new staff and volunteers into our number.
God is so faithful! In 2017 we celebrated our FIRST DECADE of ABOLITION, giving the Lord all the glory for the healing and growth that has happened in this place. TSW established a schoolhouse on the property and the first national "Practices" survey report was released, representing the cumulative response of nearly 60 programs across the United States providing residential care to victims of domestic human trafficking. The report offered a state-of-the-industry baseline against which agencies could gauge their work and aspiring agencies could direct their efforts. A training video for Rotary International was scripted and developed to help equip their membership in human trafficking awareness training.
A notable year, full of indicators that TSW is positioned for significant growth and change in the years ahead. We continued our work, welcoming 16 new survivors into the program; launching and operating a successful baking enterprise that employs 60% of our residents; hosting over 5,400 volunteer hours on our campus and; training 3,560 persons in the community on human trafficking awareness. We mentored six start-up shelter programs and launched the Alliance Referral System (ARS) - a system to expedite placement of trafficking survivors to any qualified program in the country. In October we announced our biggest initiative yet: the Institute for Shelter Care. We believe the Lord is calling us to become a multiplier, to build up care services for those who have been abused, exploited, and enslaved.
We entered 2019 with great excitement and expectation for what God had planned. TSW developed and piloted The Shepherd Project, a yearlong education and equipping program to invite the Church into conversations about Sex trafficking, Child abuse, Pornography, and Sexual assault. After much prayer and Godly counsel, we began phasing-down our residential program to begin the Institute for Shelter Care. The program was piloted in 2019 as a one-year intensive training and two-year mentorship program in the basics of starting a shelter from the ground up. Our vision is that any survivor, anywhere in the nation, would have access to qualified, compassionate care. The first step toward this goal began when TSW hosted our first shelter mentorship cohort - 4 start-up agencies from MD, PA, VA, and IA to pilot test our curriculum and training for startup shelters.
In 2020 we were honored when Jeanne Allert our Executive Director was invited to the White House for the announcement of the establishment of The Domestic Trafficking Office. A pandemic and lockdowns inspired TSW to be more creative about how to move our message. We migrated our trainings to online and saw a three-fold increase in participation. TSW secured a Learning Management System, migrated The Institute for Shelter Care trainings to this platform and built up our online resources. We hosted a Yard Graduation for a resident who got her college degree, established the John McKenna Legacy Fund, and hosted the first Christian Abolitionists Shelter Leaders' Retreat in KY bringing together shelter leaders from 20 faith-based organizations located across the country.
In January of 2021 TSW launched a national campaign to "Light the Darkness" and raise awareness of the lack of services available to survivors. The campaign culminated with a live 4-hour simulcast on January 27th that featured shelters from across the country and special messages from survivors, advocates, and musical guests. March of 2021 TSW welcomed six new mentees into The Shelter Mentorship Program all with varying degrees of experience and diverse backgrounds. Three existing shelters also joined the 2021 cohort of Mentees. All three organizations are established shelters, uniquely positioned to enter the Mentorship program. The mentorship program is for new and existing shelters, to increase their stability and effectiveness.
The Samaritan Women has rebranded as The Institute for Shelter Care and moved its headquarters from Maryland to Kentucky. The Institute for Shelter Care continues to focus on equipping shelter programs serving victims of sexual exploitation and conduct national research to improve our nation's response to victim care.