Our Mission

Cherished High Desert's mission is to journey with women who want to heal from their past as they discover their worth and purpose. We equip and empower women to find out who they were created to be and to help them learn to live healthy and flourishing lives, as they become productive citizens in their communities.


WHAT CHERISHED PROVIDES

SUPPORT GROUP

  • We invite anyone who has been a survivor of human trafficking and the commercial sex industry to join us every Friday morning at 10 am for breakfast and support group. 
  • Our support groups are a safe place to talk, for women who currently worked in the sex industry. 
  • Support groups are led by other survivors of human trafficking such as our founder                         Kate Wedell as well as other guest
  • A woman does not have to be "out of the industry" to attend. 

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

  • We provide free housing through our two-year residential program based on availability.  
  • Cherished takes no government funding or money from the residents in the program but instead offers employment in our social enterprise to women while they are working on their recovery from the trauma of a life of sexual exploitation. 
  • Residents learn how to live in a safe community, all contribute to the house by performing household chores, and meet weekly with our trained staff members.
  • Recovery and Trauma Healing Classes 
  • Group Therapy
  • Private Therapy
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Education
  • Employment

EMPLOYMENT

  • After 30 days in our residential program, residents are eligible to work in the Cherished Studios where we make jewelry sold in Fair Trade Catalogue on an national and International level where we represent survivors from the US. We also make organic bath and body products.
  • Residents at Cherished learn skills valuable for any employment such as punctuality, teamwork, communication skills, and self-motivation.
  • Please visit our shop tab to see the quality products made by our talented survivor-artisans.
  • After 30 days in our residential program, residents are eligible to work in the Cherished Studios. 
  • Our survivors learn skills valuable in any employee such as punctuality, teamwork, communication skills, and self-motivation.
  • Please visit our shop tab to see the quality products made by our talented survivor-artisans.

Transitional Housing

  • After graduating the 2 year program, a resident can choose to live in the "Transition Home" for 1 additional year while finishing school and continuing with aspects of the program to have more time under the Cherished umbrella if she so desires. She will have more responsibilities such as rent and bills, and managing her own schedule while she continues with therapy and classes. 

OUTREACH

  • Our trained outreach team visits local strip clubs, massage pallors and the tracs.  We distribute small gifts to the women who work there as well as invitations to our support group.  At our follow-up visits, these women recognize us as we approach them with our signature gift bags.  For some, our Christmas outreach gifts are the only gifts they receive over the holidays.
  • Our founder, Kate, worked in strip clubs and the commercial sex industry for 10 years.  Kate recalls that there were many nights she would have left "the industry" if someone had offered her a chance.  By visiting these vulnerable women, we share the message that they are loved, valued, and Cherished.