Exit Doors Here Program

The primary goal of Exit Doors Here  is to provide a personalized suite of wraparound services and time-based interventions that build capacity and opportunities for women wishing to exit the sex trade industry. The program welcomes all female-identifying individuals at any stage of their sex work, and whether their work was voluntary or involuntary.

Through Critical Time Intervention, Exit Doors Here team will be providing emotional and practical support during critical times of transition and strengthens women’s long-term ties to services, family, friends and the community. The team comprised of trained and motivated outreach and housing counsellors, CTI case workers, peers, and a supervisor will be working with clients from a trauma informed and harm reduction approach.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for Exit Doors Here, a client must meet the following criteria:

1. Female-identifying individuals 18 years & over at any stage of their sex work, and whether their work was voluntary or involuntary

2. Want to leave sex work and need assistance

3. Reside within GTA

4. Is experiencing at least two of the following:

a. Has been, or is at risk of being, in conflict with the law

b. Lack of positive social support/natural supports network

c. Substance use with negative impact

d. Unemployment/underemployment/lack of employment skills

e. Lack of basic life skills

f. Lack of personal safety at the hands of an abuser

g. At risk of homelessness or is homeless

What is Critical Time Intervention (CTI)?

 CTI is a time-limited evidence-based practice that mobilizes support for some of the most vulnerable individuals during periods of transition. It facilitates community integration and continuity of care by ensuring that a person has enduring ties to their community and support systems during these critical periods. Services only last 9 months and are divided into 3 specific phases. CTI focuses on just few important areas of treatment that promote a successful move out of a life of sex work.

3 Phases of CTI

Phase I: Transition to Community

Months 1-3

 • A CTI case worker assesses client’s long-term support system

• Client and the CTI case worker develop a treatment plan together

• The agency provides client with supports and direct services as they need them

Phase II: “Try Out” Phase

Months 4 -6

 • Links clients to any community services they need

(housing, employment, medical, etc.)

• CTI case worker adjusts the systems of support for the client and

• Monitors the effectiveness of the supports set up and intervening when necessary

• Client will meet with their CTI case worker less frequently than they did in Phase 1.

Phase III: Transfer of care

Months 7-9

 • Least intense phase, even fewer meetings of client with CTI case worker

• Keep track of and strengthen formal and informal supports that have been established

• Finalize supports for the long – term

• CTI case worker makes sure these supports can communicate with each other about the client to help her meet established goals.


To learn more about the Exit Doors Here program or sign up for CTI, contact the team:

Phone: 416-924-3708 ext. 257

Email: exitdoors@efrytoronto.org

Fax: 416-504-4845



Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.