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Residential Program

The Magdalene program is a two-year residential community, offering women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction the time and space they need to heal.

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Magdalene Residential Services

We are able to house up to 28 residents at a time in a therapeutic setting that offers women survivors a peaceful place where they can experience transformative, sustainable recovery through two years of rent-free housing, healthcare, counseling, employment, and community building.

We also offer a program within the Tennessee Prison for Women called Magdalene on the Inside, that allows women to begin their healing journey within prison walls. Women in this program receive education and group therapy that, upon release, eases their transition into one of our Magdalene homes.

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How It Works

When entering the program, our residents help create their own personalized plan for their healthcare and therapeutic needs. For the first 4-6 months, residents focus on recovery, attending group meetings, medical appointments, individual therapy, and other educational courses. While in the program, women are also eligible for our savings program that provides a $1 for $1 match of resident’s savings per year.

After two years in the residential program, women become candidates for graduation, a celebratory event that takes place each spring. And after graduation, many women continue working in Thistle Farms’ social enterprises and often move into full-time and supervisory positions. Others take the skills they have acquired and find work in the community.

If you are interested in enrolling in our residential program, please fill out the online Entrance Request Form or contact our staff at (615) 320-5325. In order to remain active on the waiting list, referrals must continue to make contact with our staff on a weekly basis.

*Please be aware that we do not offer emergency housing. If you are in need of emergency housing, we recommend calling 211 or visit their website

*Please be patient as our staff responds to your request. You should receive a response within 72 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I refer another individual to the program?

    Yes, you can refer someone else to the Magdalene program. However, it is preferable that the potential applicant answer the questions on the application personally due to the private nature of the information requested. This application is available by filling out the online Entrance Request Form or you may contact Magdalene at (615) 320-5325.

    Please be aware that in order to remain active on the waiting list, applicants must continue to make contact with Magdalene staff on a weekly basis.

  • How long will it take to gain entry to the program?

    Unfortunately, we are unable to give a set time frame for entry into the Magdalene program. In order to maintain a spot at the top of the waitlist, applicants should continue to make contact with Magdalene staff on a weekly basis.

  • What are the criteria for qualifying for the program?

    A woman entering the Magdalene program must:

    - have a history of prostitution or trafficking in addition to an alcohol and/or drug addiction

    - be willing to commit to a two-year residential program (The residential program is not a transitional housing program.)

  • Who does not qualify for the program?

    Magdalene is unable to offer services to:

    - pregnant women or women who have young children living with them

    - women on the sex offenders registry

    - women with outstanding criminal charges

    - men

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