Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. They provide a 2-year residential program that gives women survivors a safe place to live, food and clothing, healthcare, counseling, therapeutic groups, and job training, all at no cost to the participant.
Their survivor- led network houses over 500 women in healing sanctuaries across the country. Five years after graduation, 75% of the graduates are living healthy, financially independent lives.
Thistle Farms' social enterprises have collectively reached more than 40,000 customers and provided over $2m in income for survivors in the past year.
Christy once lived in a refrigerator box under a bridge. She traded herself for drugs and spent many years in jail, always feeling like an outsider. In jail and in treatment, Christy met women who filled a place in her life that had always been empty. Beautiful, caring women, like her, who introduced her to Thistle Farms.Christy is now a graduate of their two-year residential program that provides women a safe place to live, food and clothing, healthcare, counseling, therapeutic groups, and job training, all at no cost to the participant. Today, Christy’s life is full of more good things than she ever thought possible. She has meaningful employment, drug-free living, and freedom, all while being surrounded by women who empower her.