A Single Candle Cuts
Through The Darkest Night
The work of love is to keep lighting the way for millions of women still searching for a way out.
For over 20 years, Thistle Farms has lit a pathway of healing and hope for women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

Our History

I Dreamed of a Sanctuary

Meet Becca

We don’t ask, “What did you do?”

We ask, "What happened to you?"

How Love Heals

Together, we heal by ensuring access to safe and supportive housing, financial independence, and a lifelong community of support. 

Together, we rise up against systems that commoditize, criminalize, and abuse women.

living our mission

Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. We do this by providing a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support.

Residential Program

We provide housing, case management, healthcare, counseling, education, and employment for two years - free of charge. 

Our homes operate on a holistic model with no authority living in the house. Each one represents a community built on trust and love.

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

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Social Enterprises

Meaningful employment leading to financial freedom is instrumental in the healing journey. Our 3 social enterprises - Body & Home, The Café, and Global Shared Trade - provide both gateway and permanent jobs for survivors, as well revenue for our mission. 

Women survivors provide leadership roles in every department. Over the past year, these enterprises collectively reached more than 40,000 customers, providing over $2m in income for survivors. And we are just getting started.

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National Network

A sisterhood of like minded organizations that collaborate to provide housing, healing, and employment for women survivors across the country. 

The survivor-led network houses over 300 women in healing sanctuaries across the country.

Our education team leads conferences to train and inspire, creating a catalyst for change.

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Why the thistle?

Thistles grow on the streets and alleys where the women of Thistle Farms have walked. 

Considered weeds by many, thistles have a deep root that can shoot through concrete and survive drought.

The resilience, vibrancy, and healing qualities of the thistle parallel the survival and flourishing of women survivors.