Founded by Rev. Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms began in 1997 as a residential program called Magdalene. Thistle Farms’ social enterprises began in 2001 to offer residents and graduates both economic support and job training. Thistle Farms’ mission is to heal, empower, and employ female survivors of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution. Thistle Farms does this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners. The organization utilizes a comprehensive model for healing from sexual abuse, trauma, and addiction. The agency’s goals/outcomes for the year include: 5 of 6 (83%) new residents who go through intensive outpatient therapy or inpatient treatment in their first six months in the program will continue with the program and remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol. 6 of 8 (75%) residents who have been in the residential program between 7 and 24 months will report an increased sense of personal wellness and that her recovery needs are being met.