This Short Video Will Help You See Why We Do What We Do!

Amborella House is Making a Difference

Amborella House provides secure and safe housing at an undisclosed location in Chisago County, Minnesota.  Here, women who have survived the horrors of sex trafficking can live while they complete a customized recovery program to heal and build a bright and confident future.

Some Insights Into Sex Trafficking

  • 3.8 million adults are trafficked for forced sexual exploitation and 1.0 million children are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Estimated avg age of entry into being trafficked is 12-14 yrs old
  • Average lifespan after entering “the life” is 7 years
  • At least 100,000 children are sexually exploited every year in the United States
  • Men who buy trafficked girls are not just looking for sex… Depravity, control, dominance, etc.
  • Minnesota Ranks 13th in the nation by the FBI for highest incidences of sex trafficking 

Why Adult Women

Amborella House focuses on survivors who are 18+ years of age for a very important reason.  There are very few opportunities and resources available to this group.  Minor children recovered from trafficking tend to be well taken care of when it comes to post-trauma resources.  Most girls enter the trafficking world at an average age of 15 years old.  Once they turn 18, they are legal adults and federal, state and even private entities lose interest or capacity to help.  Amborella House is one of only two group home and sex trafficking recovery programs in the state of Minnesota.  While others focus more exclusively on housing, Amborella focuses on safe housing AND true recovery programming.  The goal is a free and healthy person who is self-sustaining and a positive contributor to family, community and society as a whole.   

The Amborella House recovery programming  focuses on 5 key areas:

  1. Housing
  2. Therapeutic Services
  3. Healthcare
  4. Life and Relationship Skills
  5. Educational and Career Development

Each of our residents agree to work on completing our program as a means of reaching the ultimate goal to be confident and have self-reliant future, free of any influence from their past life as a trafficked person.  

There are 7 Stages of our recovery process:

1) Orientation –

The goal in this stage is to provide safety by stabilizing the participant physically and emotionally and developing their Individual Service Plan (ISP) based on the trauma-informed methods. 

2) Exploration –

This stage includes regular, professional therapy and daily completion of goals set by the program staff and the therapist. Exploration may also involve an increased level of interactions with safe contacts and monitored phone calls.

3) Application –

In this stage group therapy and life skills classes are required. Additional monitored access to safe contacts and the Amborella House computer for education. Off campus and group outings are added as well as volunteer opportunities.   

4) Preparation –

This stage begins preparation for graduation. It includes sixty days of balanced living as defined in their program guidelines.  New habits are formed and new privileges, such as cell phone are offered.  Participants become eligible to begin part time work and have a personal vehicle on campus with check in and check out.

5) Action –

This step requires that the client maintain a part time job with a schedule that works around Amborella House programming and also requires that 50% of income is placed into savings for future housing and living needs.  The client is also assigned a life mentor who meets with them twice per month. 

6) Maintenance –

The goal of this stage is to maintain an independent lifestyle, which includes but is not limited to self-care, family connections, work, school, and community. They build financial strength by learning principles outlined in the Balanced Living curriculum and demonstrate the ability to navigate daily life through such things as paying rent and paying for their own transportation needs.

7) Transition –

Program and advocate staff begin assisting participant in transitioning out of the Amborella House Program. Participant will display characteristics of independent living by maintaining a healthy balance of self-care, family, friends, community, work and school (if applicable). Transition goals are established, and participants begin to fulfill them. New, long term housing is established upon graduation and participants must save at least two months of living expenses prior to graduation. Graduation day is the final action of the Transition stage and the Amborella House Program.


What makes Amborella House possible is a strong vision to 

     – Restore adult trafficked women 

     – Provide a safe place that is free of fear 

     – Provide a proven process for true recovery

This only happens with a dedicated group of donors, board members, staff and volunteers!  This is what makes Amborella House a true place to REDEEM, RESTORE and RENEW lives!