Living In Freedom Together

Empowering & Elevating survivors

LIVING IN FREEDOM TOGETHER  | COVID-19 UPDATE

Women in systems of prostitution are at heightened risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to chronic homelessness and compromised immune systems. With vital social service organizations closed and resources and services drastically reduced under the Stay-at-Home advisory issued by DPH on March 23, 2020, many of our participants are in critical need of support. LIFT has temporarily closed our Drop-In Center program, however, our Outreach & Advocacy team is in the community providing street outreach and supporting emergency shelters.  Additionally, we are working with Worcester city officials to open and staff emergency shelters, and getting our participants somewhere safe to shelter-in-place. 

To best assist the populations we serve during this time, LIFT has created our COVID-19 SURVIVOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND.
All proceeds donated to this fund will go directly to providing support for our participants during this public health pandemic. 
Please consider donating HERE.

If you are in need of LIFT services or programs – please contact us directly.

Living In Freedom Together (LIFT) is a survivor-led organization comprised of those who have overcome systems of prostitution, and allies sensitive to the needs of this vulnerable and marginalized population. Our mission is to provide resources, advocacy, and support to empower individuals to exit and recover from the impacts of CSE, and to end prostitution.

LIFT was founded in 2014 and incorporated in 2016.

Jana’s Place.  A Recovery Home.  Est. 2019

Our programs & SERVICES

— Empower Survivors

Living In Freedom Together (LIFT) provides a unique blend of community programs including direct services, community awareness and education, and advocacy for innovative and productive public policy. In 2019, LIFT opened Jana’s Place – a first-of-its-kind recovery home for individuals exiting prostitution.

— Jana's Place

Jana’s Place is the first-of-its-kind recovery home for women exiting prostitution and recovering from substance abuse disorder (SUD) with co-occurring mental health disorders. Our recovery model focuses on holistic, sustainable recovery – emphasizing self-care, life skills development, and job-training opportunities. 

— Drop-In Center

The LIFT Drop-In Center provides individuals with access to medical and mental health services, including onsite care options and treatment referrals. Additionally, the site offers clothing, food, and other direct services. 

— CATI Program

LIFT developed a pre-arrainment diversion program in partnership with the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.

— Education & Outreach

LIFT provides survivor-developed training programs for law enforcement agencies, medical providers, educational institutions, hotels, and more.  

— Policy Initiatives

LIFT policy initiatives are focused on reducing stigmas, and implementing the Equality Model. 

IN THE NEWS

People that end up in prostitution are the people with the least amount of choices… If people can better understand the process of entry, and the vulnerabilities these women have, it’s much easier to look at the person standing in front of you with compassion and empathy.

– Nicole Bell, CEO
Changing The Story About Prostitution In Worcester
NPR
September 10, 2019

Prostitution doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and exit services cannot either. This is a community issue, and must be solved by a comprehensive approach relying on business support.

– Nicole Bell, CEO
PROSTITUTION SURVIVORS NEED JOBS
Worcester Business Journal
September 30, 2019

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