An individual approach is offered in the healing process at Karis House, though there are three stages, starting from not being allowed out on their own to gradually being given more freedom.
Karis House is the only one of The Lighthouse Project’s homes with a “God-centred gospel programme” so coffee and a gospel reading and discussion is part of daily life.
Jenny Ledbury says: “The behaviour is only a display of the damage inside and it’s trying to get to the root of that. Most of them have been through the NHS and it’s not worked.”
Once the girls are at a point in their recovery where it’s appropriate, they start volunteering, both in the church and in the new shop.
Support the shop and you will be supporting that healing process and will also meet some of the girls involved, such as one who has been in the NHS and mental health system since she was 11 or another who was five when her mother went into a coma as a result of a hospital error and died without regaining consciousness. Thanks to Karis House, she finally understands her self-harming was connected to that trauma.