Healing and Transformation
We house up to 28 residents at a time in a therapeutic setting that offers healing and transformation through housing, healthcare, counseling, employment, and community building.
Housing and clinical services are free of charge and provided without Federal assistance.
We also offer a program with Tennessee Prison for Women, that allows up to 6 women to begin their healing journey within prison walls. Participants receive education and group therapy that eases the transition into the residential program.
How Love Heals
We believe that love is more powerful than all the forces that drive women to the street, and a strong community will help them not only heal, but thrive.
Our homes operate on a holistic model. Residences do not have live in staff, and instead are guided by principles grounded in accountability, trust, and growth.
We continue to recognize the immense need for our program as our waitlist - capped at 100 women - is consistently full.
The Model Works
Five years after program completion, 75% of our graduates are living healthy, independent lives.
Broken relationships have been restored. Hopelessness has been replaced with hope.
Some of our healing work is done in partnership with other direct service providers.
After two years in the residential program, women become candidates for graduation, a celebratory event that takes place each spring.
Following graduation, many women move into full-time positions with one of Thistle Farms’ social enterprises. Others take the skills they have acquired and pursue work elsewhere in the community.
Complete the form below to initiate your application process. A response should follow within 3-5 business days.
Please note, our waiting list is currently over 100 women, and we cannot give estimates on the timeframe to entrance. Our hearts are with you during this period and we eagerly await the expansion of our program in the coming months.
In order to remain active on the waiting list, weekly contact must be made with our staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can refer someone else. However, it is preferable that the potential applicant answer the questions on the application personally due to the private nature of the information requested.
Please be aware that in order to remain active on the waiting list, applicants must continue to make contact with Thistle Farms staff on a weekly basis.
Unfortunately, we are unable to give a set time frame for program entry. In order to maintain a spot on the waitlist, applicants should continue to make weekly contact with program staff.
- Have a history of prostitution or trafficking in addition to an alcohol and/or drug addiction.
- Be willing to commit to a two-year program (our program is not transitional housing).
Our program is exclusively for women. We are unable to consider applicants who fit this criteria.
- Pregnant women or women who have young children living with them.
- Women on the sex offenders registry. Women with aggravated prostitution charges are exempt from this exclusion.
- Women with outstanding criminal charges.