April 2, 2018 -- By Sarah Tuckowski
In a recent interview with Beau Hill, Executive Director at the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland Harbor Light Complex, updates were provided surrounding the ongoing construction of The Hue Jackson Survivors of Human Trafficking Residence. For Beau Hill and the staff at Harbor Light Complex, the construction is bringing about exciting and necessary changes for future residents.
Q: Can you provide us an update on what has been happening at the site of The Hue Jackson Survivors of Human Trafficking Residence?
Hill: Right now, the construction for the Residence involves renovating the current Harbor Light Complex. The renovations are well under way, and as the renovations continue, we are starting to see the plumbing being completed, the HVAC being installed, and the walls are starting to take shape and go up. From a "flow" stand point, the ongoing renovations and construction are allowing myself and staff to envision what the space will be like. We are fairly pleased with the progress, and hope to have all renovations and construction completed by June.
Q: How will the residents be selected to live within this Residence? Is it through referrals and collaborations with community partners, interviews, etc?
Hill: The most important thing about this Residence, is that it will allow for us to continue to be an immediate respite for those interacting with organizations and law enforcement in the Cleveland area. Someone in need of accessing resources can connect with SANE nurses at the hospitals. From there, connections are made to Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and law enforcement alike should additional support be requested or needed. To further that support even more, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and law enforcement will provide referrals for potential residents to The Salvation Army. We want these future residents to be engaged in services prior to coming into the Residence so that we have a plan of treatment and support before moving forward.
Q: We know this construction will have an impact on future residents. However, what has been the impact of this construction process on staff? Are there thoughts and feelings of excitement to be able to have this new space?
Hill: Recently, I took a walk through with two staff members, one social worker and one intake specialist, to see the progress with them firsthand. These staff members were shocked to be able to walk through and envision what this space will look like once it's completed. During the walk through, these staff members expressed excitement of having a larger, more flexible space to provide services and a greater ability to accommodate the residents.