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Shelter from the Storm© 

 Hope for Survivors of Sexual Abuse 



**Contact us for information about other group nights.**

Limited Seating 


Shelter from the Storm© are Christ centered support/recovery groups (not therapy groups) designed to heal the emotional wound related to sexual abuse. Groups are held semi-annually in the Spring and Fall semesters. The twelve week curriculum written by Cynthia Kubetin-Littlefield, James Mallory, M.D. and Jacqualine C. Truitt is a clear step by step process for victims of sexual abuse to overcome the pervasive destruction that has happened to them.  Per the curriculum, participants are required to repeat the curriculum for three semesters (a year and a half) to address the layers of effects from sexual trauma. 

Many individuals have survived the trauma of sexual abuse. Most often the abuse occurred at the hands of someone in a trusted position. Sadly, the devastating effects will continue throughout every stage of the survivor’s life until it is appropriately addressed and dealt with.

From a spiritual perspective, sexual abuse is not the plan or will of God, nor does He condone it in any form. It is betrayal by people. God is the Creator of sex, the human anatomy and the sex drive. His plan is for sexual intimacy to be expressed in marriage between one man and one woman, whereby love, respect, and commitment defines the relationship.

Sexual abuse is a criminal, willful and selfish act committed against another person which brings destruction and devastation in the victims life. The victims perception of themselves, others, God and life in general is severely distorted. However, God desires to heal the emotional wounds related to the abuse so you may experience life with meaning and purpose as He intended. Healing, freedom and truth is available through His Son, Jesus Christ. Don’t suffer in silence any longer. Help and resources are available.

Course Description

Shelter from the Storm© support groups are designed for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse who desire is to experience deliverance and wholeness (spirit, soul & body). It will empower participant's to realize that they are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ rather than victims of their past.

Course Objectives

Survivors of sexual abuse will come to realize there is hope and healing from the past as they examine the:

  • false beliefs about the abuse 
  • overwhelming effects of abuse on their life 
  • process of grieving the pain of sexual abuse and of learning to let go of the past
  • process of reclaiming trust, control, and intimacy
  • road to recovery through the Word of God
  • healing path with God's help, from victim to survivor to an overcomer through Jesus Christ


1. Offer caring support and encouragement

2. Offer unconditional love and support

3. Offer a safe and trusted place for wounded people to tell the truth

4. Offer an environment to express feelings openly

5. Offer freedom to identify options and make decisions

6. Offer a safe place to take the time needed to recover

7. Offer an opportunity to expose hurtful experiences and unmet needs

     without being misunderstood or criticized

8. Offer a place to experience accountability to yourself and others

9. Offer an experience of the mercy and wisdom of God and the healing 

      power of prayer

10. Offer hope and healing

11. Offer community to those who have felt alone in their grief and pain


1. Q. Should I also be in individual counseling?

Answer: Yes. For participation in our recovery groups you are required to have established a relationship with a counseling professional. The recovery groups 

should complement individual therapy not replace it. Counseling is crucial for survivors of sexual trauma, and it is an important step to help process the wounded emotions from abuse. Click here to view counseling resources. 

2. Q. What is the format of the recovery group?

Answer: Our format is curriculum based. We use the Shelter from the Storm© Hope for Survivors of Sexual Abuse which is a Christ-centered twelve week curriculum.

3. Q. How many participants are in a group?

Answer: The maximum number of participants per group is eight in order to allow the highest participation of members.


4. Q. What age can I participate in the recovery group?

Answer: Group participants needs to be at least 18 years of age. Each participant will be required to sign a pledge of confidentiality and recovery group guidelines forms.

5. Q. How often will the recovery group meet?

Answer: We offer groups on Monday,Tuesday and Thursday nights based on demand. Participants may choose what group night they will attend as long as space is available. Participants will attend group meetings once a week.

6. Q. How long are the semesters?

Answer: Recovery groups are held in the Spring and Fall semesters. Each semester is fifteen weeks in duration. Our semester begins the first night with orientation and the semester will end with our semi-annual graduation ceremony.  

7. Q. What are the requirements for graduation?

Answer: Participants who commit to completing three recovery group semesters (a year and a half) will be eligible to graduate from the program facilitated by ARISE! International. 

8. Q. How long are the weekly meetings?

Answer: Recovery group weekly meetings are scheduled for two hours, from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.

9. Q. Is there a fee for participating in the recovery group?

Answer: Yes. Recovery group fees are $300.00 per semester, per participant. In addition, new participants must purchase the Shelter from the Storm© workbook at a one time fee of $30.00.

10. Q. I need to join the recovery group but can't afford the group fees at this time, will I still be able to participate?

Answer: Yes. Due to the generosity of our donors, participants wanting to join the support group but need financial assistance can enroll in our Sponsor A Survivor Scholarship Program. Clients who participate in this program will receive a partial scholarship of $150.00 toward the cost of the recovery group fee. ARISE! will solicit and seek individuals to donate to cover the scholarship portion of the participant's semester fees. The participant is responsible for all remaining fees. NOTE: Full scholarships can and will be made specifically at the request of a donor. 

11. Q. Can family members attend a Shelter from the Storm© group meeting?

Answer: No. The dynamics of the family system would impact the process of the group. Participants need the freedom to express their past and present hurts in a safe environment.

12. Q. I was sexually abused as an adult can I participate in a Shelter from the Storm© recovery group?

Answer: Yes. The same principles for recovery from childhood sexual abuse can be applied to sexual abuse as an adult.

13. Q. Can I join the support group anytime during the semester?

Answer: No. Shelter from the Storm© recovery groups are closed groups and no one will be allowed to join after the groups have started. Groups are held twice a year in the Spring and Fall semesters. New participants must wait until the next group semester to join the support group.

14. Q. Is daycare provided?

Answer: No. Daycare must be arranged in advance by participants. Children are not allowed in the support group setting. In addition, accommodations must also be made in advance for pets as they are not permitted in the support group environment.

15. Q. Are the support group meetings located on a bus line?

Answer: No. Each participant is responsible for transportation to and from the recovery group meetings.

16. Q. Do you provide housing?

Answer: We do not operate any housing programs. Clients must retain a safe and stable living environment as they participate in the recovery groups in order to receive the maximum benefit toward emotional healing. For information on additional community resources that may be of assistance to you see the referenced homeless shelter below.
Dallas Life (Open 24 hours)
100 Cadiz St,
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-1380

17. Q. How do I sign up for the recovery group?

Answer: Those interested in participating in our recovery groups can sign up via our website or call our office at 800.513.2450 - Ext 1.  It is also important that members be substance-free when attending group, and have no active substance abuse issues. AA and NA groups are available nationwide. To find an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) near you click here. To find a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting near you click here

Click here if you're interested in participating in the recovery group or need additional information.

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