Thistle Network Grows By 73 Beds in 2021

Thistle Network Grows By 73 Beds in 2021

Thistle Farms hosts the largest network in the United States committed to a housing-first model for women survivors.

Though each Sister Organization operates independently, each shares core values of long-term housing and healing for women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

During a year that put all odds against growth, obstacles in the path of miracles, and challenges in the journey to sanctuary, our Sister Organizations overcame. 

In 2021, the network grew by 73 beds—beginning at 496 and increasing to a total of 569.

“So many of our Sister Organizations added beds during the pandemic, which is truly amazing. The growth is often so fast, that by the time we report a number, it’s already out-of-date.”
—Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms Founder & President

Since its launch in 2013, the Network has expanded steadily. There are currently 64 open residential programs across 31 states, including the recent addition of an international home in Belize. As the number of beds increases, so does the capacity for more women survivors to have a safe space to begin their healing journey.

“We are a community of sister organizations that support each other. We share ideas, best practices, and more. The network lets us know that we are not alone in this important work.”
—Dr. Kit Ford, Founder, Argrow's House of Healing and Hope (Davenport, IA)

With momentum only love can propel, this survivor-led national movement continues to grow. Together, we light the way home for the next woman survivor.

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