Week of 7/5/21: Open Doors Important Updates

New Voices for Florida Education and Training Plan!

We are happy to release the new and improved Education and Training Plan. This plan outlines training and education requirements for the next year July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. We are asking that each of you review the document thoroughly to ensure expectations and deadlines for participation are communicated effectively.

Additionally, Michaela and Lauren will be conducting a Technical Assistance call on July 13th at 11AM to review the Training and Education expectations and to answer any questions you may have about the plan.

This plan can be accessed via SharePoint. The file can be found in Voices for Florida > Education and Training titled “2021-2022 Training and Education Plan”

Please email Lauren Herod with any questions!



Housing Assistance Reminder

Open Doors clients age 18-24 living in a county served by Open Doors will have the opportunity to apply for housing assistance. Housing assistance will be available for 6-24 months for clients that are determined to be eligible. Training documents highlighting the Housing Assistance Services application will be available on SharePoint (in the section labeled “Housing” at the top of the navigation menu) by July 1st.


Reminder: Open Doors New Member Orientation!

We will be hosting an Open Doors Outreach Network Orientation on Wednesday July 14th, from 9:30-11:30 A.M. via Zoom. As a reminder, all new Open Doors Outreach Team members must attend an orientation conducted by the Voices for Florida Team as a part of their onboarding process. If you have any team members who have not attended an orientation, or would like to have a refresher on the foundations of the model, please reach out to Lauren Herod to register or if you have any questions.

When: Wednesday July 14th, from 9:30-11:30 A.M.

Where: Zoom link to be emailed out to registrants

Who: All new Outreach Team members must attend an Open Doors orientation conducted by Voices for Florida as a part of their onboarding process. Existing team members are welcome for a refresher.

Registration: Please email Lauren Herod to register for the orientation.


Please Welcome Our New Open Doors Network Team Member!

Lisa Glass is an Open Doors Survivor Mentor in the Region. You can contact her at lglass@seethegirl.org

Do you have any hidden talents/fun facts about you?

I am only 42, yet I am already a grandmother to 5. 4 boys and 1 girl

What is one achievement you’re proud of?

I am proud that I have had the opportunity to speak at multiple events, sharing my story, hopeful that it has made a difference in the lives of other

What drew you to serving sex trafficked children and young adults?

As a survivor I understand the difficulties that come along with navigating certain issues that come with being trafficked. I have dealt with legal issues where I had nobody and I have also had legal issues where I have experienced what it is like to have the support of a team, one that includes a survivor mentor, and having that support really made a difference for me. I had people by my side to walk with me through my journey and it made such a positive impact in my life. I want to be that person. I want to support and let girls know that they are not alone, and they don’t have to do it alone.


Hoyt’s Tool of the Week: The Big List of Self-Care Activities

It is important to remember to practice self-care to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue. This field can be emotionally draining sometimes, so it is important to take are of yourself! Here is a list of activities you can set time aside to complete for a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Click here for list.


Upcoming Webinars

Identifying Minor Male CSEC Victims July 9th at 9:30 am EST, July 14th at 2:00 pm EST, and July 27th at 3:30 pm EST Hosted by John Long, U.C Institute Against Human Trafficking Executive Director

This presentation is on indicators a child may be a victim of human trafficking how to specifically identify minor male victims. Free to participate.

Register here.


Intersection of Substance Use & Housing: Parents and Guardians on July 15th at 3pm EST Hosted by the Freedom Network USA Housing Project

This is a continuation of our April webinar and will focus on serving survivors who identify as parents or guardians.  Speakers from the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health will discuss best practices in serving parent survivors while maintaining a trauma-informed, person-centered, and voluntary services housing model.

Register here.


Sex, Lies & Media – For Adults on July 15th at 1:00 pm EST Hosted by Selah Freedom

This webinar will educate adults on the online recruitment tactics of predators and equip them with practical ways to discuss this issue, protect their children online, and be a part of the solution. Free to participate.

Register here.


Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Human Trafficking on August 19th at 2:00-3:30 pm EST Hosted by the Freedom Network USA Training Institute

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of best practices when working with LGBTQ+ survivors. Presenters will cover outreach, wrap-around services, and case management, housing, and immigration services specifically available to LGBTQ+ survivors. Free to participate.

Register here.