Becca Stevens believes that when women help each other heal, it can ripple out to change entire communities. She’s the founder and president of Thistle Farms, an organization that helps survivors of trafficking, addiction and prostitution. Thistle Farms began as a community of five women in 1997. Since then, it’s grown to include a residential program, three social enterprises that provide jobs and leadership opportunities for survivors, and a national network of like-minded organizations. Becca is also a speaker, priest, author, and founder of nine other justice enterprises around the world.
Becca is a survivor of abuse herself, so she recognized the need for a space where other survivors could heal and find freedom and peace. She also started Thistle Farms to help change the wider culture, which still supports the secrets of abuse and the commodifying of women. By providing a safe place to live, meaningful jobs and a lifelong support system, Thistle Farms is proving every day that “Love Heals.”
In This Episode:
Becca shares her story of finding hope and healing after experiencing abuse, and she explains how she’s spreading that healing to other women through her work at Thistle Farms. She also offers encouragement to listeners who want to help change the culture around abuse and violence but don’t know where to begin.
- Why we should empower women to come off of the streets - rather than criminalizing them for being there
- Being a host instead of a hero
- Partnering with your spouse to raise a family while building a business
- The importance of purchasing products that help other women
- How to get involved in helping women survivors
“The best thing any of us can do is not feel like we have to be these heroes in other people's stories. We can be the host."
- Becca stevens
- Sherry Deutschmann, Founder & CEO of Braintrust