The mission of SHOP program is to provide support services to people in the sex work industry. This includes those currently working and those whom have retired/exited. This is done through a threefold approach of community development, outreach, and support. SHOP works within ASK’s guiding principles of harm reduction, client centered, and a social justice approach.
Safe Suite: If you determine that you need a few days to get away, we have access to a bachelor suite that allows people in sex work to simply get away for a moment. This unit has 24 hour staffing and is completely confidential and safe.
Individualized: Our program is based on individual needs and client centred support. Utilizing the readiness model in collaboration with our guiding principles, we ensure that the client is the leader in their journey.
Community Inclusion: Providing a safe space free of stigma we insure that people are accepted, and feel safe to be themselves. We have a kitchen facility where staff and clients can create a meal, share some laughs, and create opportunities to engage in community or provide referral to other wrap around supports.
Alumni Group: Our Alumni Group represents clients that have been involved in SHOP for quite some time, and still like to connect on some level. Some are still working and others have exited/retired. Again, this area is individually driven and is what the Alumni member wishes to make it. This is inclusive of volunteering, peer mentorship, constructive feedback and contribution to the ongoing development of our current SHOP Program.
Friday Afternoon Network: Every Friday afternoon from 2:00- 4:30 we have a fabulous spread of food that Alumni and Indoor/Outdoor workers can come and enjoy together. The intent is to connect and contribute to the overall wellness and safety of those in the field. Every career and path is deserving of self-care and the opportunity to improve their quality of life. Our network is about doing just that. Sometimes we laugh and enjoy one another’s company, other times we discuss the overall safety of people who do sex work. It is entirely driven by the moment and those who attend. Occasionally, special events, speakers and workshops are delivered at SHOP dinners for those who attend; this could range from Street Nurse visits discussing the importance of mammograms or a beauty night, where local hair stylists join us to provide services.