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AAOE 2019 Charity: Thistle Farms

AAOE 2019 Charity: Thistle Farms Details » Donate Online

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Women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, and addiction deserve a second chance at life. Thistle Farms provides a safe and supportive place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support. Their core belief? “Love is the strongest force for change in the world.”

Up to 32 women survivors receive free housing, medical care, therapy, education, and job training through Thistle Farms' two-year residential program based in Nashville, Tennessee. The program's advocacy and referral services benefit hundreds more.

AAOE is fundraising on behalf of Thistle Farms leading up to, and during, our 2019 Annual Conference May 5-8 in Nashville, TN. Show your support by donating now!


Thistle Farms' social enterprises employ residents and graduates of the residential program. 

  • The women employed through the body and home enterprise make natural products that are good for the earth and the body, including candles, soaps, lotions, and more. 
  • The Cafe at Thistle Farms is a restaurant and special event space in Nashville, serving globally inspired, locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and daily tea service.
  • The Thistle Farms Global Market uses shared trade practices to increase the profit margin for women at 29 partner organizations in 20 countries.

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.

Your donation can help Thistle Farms continue providing hope, healing, and opportunity for women 

If you are attending AAOE's 2019 Annual Conference May 5-8 in Nashville, TN, donate $25 or more during registration to receive a shirt to wear onsite for Thistle Farms Day. Thanks to shirt sponsor Signature Care Management, your entire donation will go to Thistle Farms! Learn more.survivors.

Not able to make it to the conference this year? You can still help! Please use the donation form below. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

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