Artisan Impact: USA

three women hugging and smiling, 2 Black, 1 in the middle is white

"At Thistle Farms, we don't ask, "what did you do?"

We ask, "what happened to you?"

Most of the women we serve first experienced sexual abuse between ages 7-11 and began using alcohol or drugs by age 13, and first hit the streets between the ages of 14 and 16. 

Traumatic childhood experiences give way to homelessness, addiction, further abuse, and incarceration, often compounded by poverty. 

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."


Residential Program

Our free, two-year program provides housing, healing, and employment for women survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Our Newest Sanctuary

This home brings the total number of beds Thistle Farms hosts in Nashville to 36, including a short-term safe house, as well as long-term residences.

Previous graduates of Thistle Farms were actively involved in the design and furnishings of the home, which features:

  • Personal pantry for each resident
  • Lounge area
  • Study room
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Extensive community space

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