Drop-in Center

Come as you are. Tell us by what name you would like us to call you.

Drop in as often as you like.

Following six years of learning from experts, Traffick Free opened a drop-in center for adult females engaged in commercial sexual exploitation.

The center serves individuals’ basic and critical needs, including shelter, showers, clothes, food, hygiene products and case management. Equally important is that we offer ongoing relational support and advocacy. Coming to our drop-in center is completely voluntary. We aim to be a place of refuge and to stand in the gap by providing immediate tangible needs and safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a referral?

Referrals can be made by e-mailing dropin@traffickfree.org or by calling or texting (312) 884-1703.

What days and times are the drop-in open?

The center is open Mondays and Wednesdays 11AM-7PM and Fridays 9AM-5PM. We are going to be closed Friday, November 24 and Monday, December 25. In case of emergency, you can contact us at the information above 24/7.

The Salvation Army STOP-IT Program‘s drop-in center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can call their 24-hour hotline at 877-606-3158 for location and hours information.

Where is the drop-in located?

We cannot publicize the address of the drop-in location for the safety of our participants. Please contact dropin@traffickfree.org or call/text (312) 884-1703 for more information.

Is the program faith-based?

No. Traffick Free is a faith-motivated organization. That means it is the motivation from Jesus Christ that prompts us to do this work and we pray for our participants. However, our services will always be participant-driven with no requirements ever to engage in religious activities.

Does this drop-in serve transgender females?

Yes. The drop-in is open to any self-identifying female age 18 and older.

Does this drop-in serve undocumented women?

Yes. Unless someone is requesting additional referral services that would require a short assessment and case management, we do not ask for any personal information while at the drop-in other than a name and age.

Do the women that enter the drop-in have to provide identification or fill out any paperwork?

No. Any self-identifying female age 18 and older will just need to provide a name that they would like to be called and their age.

Are children/minors allowed at the drop-in?

No. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to accept women with kids nor any other minor under the age of 18. However, we have great relationships with organizations that do, including the National Runaway Safeline, and will be able to make referrals.

Do women have to take any sort of drug test before entering the drop-in?

No. Traffick Free does not require any sort of drug test before entering the drop-in. Our policy is that as long as a participant is not a harm to themselves or someone else, they are welcome to stay.

Is smoking allowed at the drop-in center?

Although cigarettes will not be able to be smoked in doors, we do have an outdoor space where people can come and go freely to smoke.

What is available at the drop-in center?

Food, shower, toiletries, clothing and a warm, safe place to relax. We even have tablets and headphones for individual streaming of music and movies. If requested, we also offer case management services.

Can I volunteer at the drop-in?

We will be hosting training sessions throughout the year for interested drop-in volunteers and recommend signing up for our newsletter to stay updated on when these trainings are. All drop-in volunteers will be required to submit to a background check* as well as a formal interview with our Program Director and/or Executive Director. If selected, we will then put you on a rotating shift and ask for a 1-year commitment of service which gives our participants a chance to build trust with each of our volunteers.
*Please note that a criminal background does not automatically exclude anyone from volunteering at Traffick Free but we are unable to accept anyone convicted of a personal crime or hate crime.

What kind of donations are you accepting right now?

Our needs are constantly changing. Please check back often for updates. All take-away items are preferred to be travel size. Right now our needs include:

  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Long shelf-life and easy-to-make items like Pillsbury rolls and break-apart cookies
  • Gift cards to grocery stores (Aldi’s, CostCo, Mariano’s, Jewel, Cermak Fresh Produce, etc.)
  • Space heaters
  • Winter clothing including boots, scarves, hats, gloves and coats
  • Vaginal wipes (more convenient than washes)
  • Brand new underwear (in all sizes)
  • Brand new and gently used bras (in all sizes)
  • Lip Balm
  • Reusable bags
  • Purses / backpacks
  • Hair conditioner
  • African hair oil
  • Hair spray
  • Brand new socks
  • Brand new makeup (eyeliner, mascara, etc.)
  • Planners / Calendars (great for keeping track of appointments and important resource numbers)
  • Lint rollers
  • Gift cards for clothing stores (Goodwill, TJMaxx, etc.)

 

To learn why this type of non-intrusive service works, download our fact sheet “Why a Low-Demand Model Works.” For more information, please contact us at findoutmore@traffickfree.org. Thank you for being a part of this journey. For additional information on this topic, please check out our past blog posts: