Love Heals
Love is the most powerful force for change in the world.
It lights the way for physical, mental, and economic freedom for women who have survived childhood trauma, unjust systems, the commodifying of their worth, and believing their past defines their future.

Residential Program

Our two-year program provides women survivors a safe place to live, food and clothing, healthcare, counseling, therapeutic groups, and job training -- all at no cost to the participant.


Nights of safe, supportive housing.


Medical & mental health appointments.


Hours of employment for women survivors. 

sisters for life

Lighting the way for our next sister

When a woman completes our two-year program, she becomes a Sister for Life - and then reaches back to light the way for the next woman. The power of sisterhood has connected each woman: Beginning with our founder - all the way to one of our 2021 graduates.


Thistle Farms Founder and President

"Regina, one of the first program graduates, showed me how it is possible for us to take up our crosses and follow love."

- Becca


Member of Our First Graduating Class in 1999

"Being trafficked, I lost everything, including myself. Becca was my lifeline. She believed in me."

- Regina


2003 Thistle Farms Graduate

"I didn't think there was redemption for my life, but Regina changed my mind when she visited the jail and told me her story. She was my hope shot. She's the reason why I never went back."

- Ericka


2007 Graduate and Director of Residential Services

"In the past, I used with Leigh. Once I completed the recovery program, I told her about it. I knew she could be the hero of her own story."

- Sheila


2021 Graduate and Logistics Team Lead

"When I hit rock bottom, I called Sheila. Watching her gave me hope. She told me, 'Always dream.'"

- Leigh

The model works

5 years after graduation, 75% of our graduates are living healthy, financially independent lives.

love on so many levels

2021 graduation

National Network

A sisterhood dedicated to providing women survivors across the country with the resources, time, and support they need to heal.


Beds across the country for women survivors.


Sister organizations in our network, with 57 open residential programs. 


Residential organizations still in development. 



Global Shared Trade

A world wide market of survivor artisans increasing the value of the producer in the market chain while providing support and advocacy.


Artisan partners in 20 countries.


Survivor artisans employed by partner organizations.


Average revenue returned to our partners.

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Stories of Hope and Healing

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Photo of Jennifer, a 2012 Thistle Farms Graduate


The one thing I know is that we're all survivors and that everybody goes through difficult times and that when you're hurting, you're hurting.

Photo of Ty, a 2015 Thistle Farms Graduate


Just being able to have the key to turn the Thistle Farms Residential door was amazing. But then, to have your own key, to turn your own door was something else.

Photo of Dorris, a 2012 Thistle Farms Graduate


I thought I was getting a ride back to the streets, but I got a ride into the will of God.

Photo of Kristina, a 2020 Thistle Farms Graduate


Living life as a sober person is new to me. Being in a loving community is new to me. Having a great job is new to me. Being trusted is new to me. Thistle Farms helped me get my life back and I'm going to live it to the fullest.


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