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Model + Impact

Our Model

Thistle Farms’ comprehensive model offers women hope and healing through a holistic residential program, employment with one of our social enterprises, and a growing national and global network dedicated to changing a culture that allows human beings to be bought and sold.


RESIDENTIAL

A two-year residential program based in Nashville, Tennessee, that provides housing, medical care, therapy, education, and job training free of charge for up to 32 women and serves hundreds more with advocacy and referral services.

 

 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Residents and graduates of the residential program are employed in one of the divisions of our diverse social enterprise, including a natural body and home product company, the Café at Thistle Farms, the Studios, and Thistle Farms Global. 

 


NATIONAL NETWORK

Includes a community of sister organizations utilizing Thistle Farms’ model in cities across the country, along with myriad other partners, advocates, and organizations united in the belief that love is the most powerful force for change in the world . Learn more here.

 

 

GLOBAL

Thistle Farms Global connects women producers in 10 countries directly to customers by distributing and selling their handmade products. Our shared trade model increases their share of profit margin, creates economic opportunity, and builds community.  Learn more here .

 

Your impact

For 20 years, Thistle Farms’ mission to heal, empower, and employ has led to profound change in the lives of women survivors, customers, and the communities in which we live together. Last year, customers and donors helped make the following possible:

59 women survivors employed by Thistle Farms, earning over $1m a year in salary and wages

9,215 nights of safe, supportive housing provided to women recovering from life on the streets

14,100 hours of counseling and therapy for survivors, ensuring their physical and mental well-being 

40 organizations across the country replicated our housing model, currently offering 185 beds for women seeking sanctuary from the streets

24 shared trade partnerships around the globe, supporting the economic freedom of more than 1,700 women