Introducing Safe Harbor

Family Enhancement Center received a Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door Supportive Grant from the state to provide therapy services to Minnesota youth who are at risk of or have been sexually exploited. Family Enhancement Center is excited to partner with Brittany’s Place and the Transitional Living Program at 180 Degrees to provide one on one support, therapy and group work to these youth. This partnership serves as a natural extension of our services to teens who are trafficked or exploited and have experienced abuse.

Serving female-identifying youth ages 10-19, Brittany’s Place is Minnesota’s first and largest shelter and program for youth experiencing sex trafficking or at risk for sex trafficking. Brittany’s place provides these youth with a safe place to stay and a variety of resources for them to heal and continue moving forward. Each resident is assigned a case manager who helps them define and work toward their goals.

Brittany’s Place is named after Brittany Charise Clardy (June 29, 1994 – February 11, 2013), a St. Paul high school student who had a bright future ahead of her. Despite having a solid family and community, Brittany was groomed by a sex trafficker and murdered. Brittany’s family and the community were devastated at the loss of their daughter, sister, friend and colleague. A connection brought Brittany’s mother to 180 Degrees as they were preparing to open their shelter, and together they agreed to name the shelter after Brittany.

180 Degrees also offers a Transitional Living Program, which offers stable housing and supportive services to meet the needs of youth and families that supports progress toward independent living. This program serves female-identifying clients ages 16-20 for up to 18 months.