Jokake provides construction services for nation’s only clinic for sex trafficking victims
June 20, 2016
Upon entering the Halle (“Holly”) Healing Center you quickly forget the sinister reason this clinic exists in the first place. The lobby is bright and welcoming, with comfortable chairs and playful artwork flanking the walls. Walk past the reception desk and the clinic is modern, clean and outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment for women and pediatric health care. It’s a facility that can rival any other medical clinic in the valley. It’s also the only medical clinic in the United States designed specifically to treat survivors of sex trafficking.
The clinic serves participants of the Phoenix Dream Center’s Where Hope Lives program. The comprehensive in-house program provides safe housing, life skills, education and health services for free. Over the last 6 years, the Phoenix Dream Center has rescued more than 300 girls and young women from lives of exploitation. Once a week for the last 2 years Phoenix Children’s Hospital has provided mobile clinic services on site. Now, with the construction of the new clinic, services will be expanded, starting at 3 times a week.
“We don’t mind operating in a mobile environment, but there’s so much history with these girls that if you don’t capture it all, you can miss something,” said Dr. Randy Christensen with the Crews ‘N’ Healthmobile. “This facility fills the important need to sit [with the girls and] understand their whole story.”
The Halle Healing Center was made possible through the generous contributions of the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, Dignity Health, Jokake Construction, McCarthy Nordburg, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.