Jasmine Road is modeled after the very successful Thistle Farms nonprofit which was founded in Nashville, TN, by Episcopal priest Becca Stevens over 20 years ago. When Jasmine Road’s first safe house opens its doors, it will join over 30 Thistle Farms sister agencies around the country in offering a transformative two-year residential program with an innovative social enterprise component, the first of its kind in Greenville.
Thistle Farms has demonstrated an 84% graduation rate for those who complete the initial orientation phase, and 62% of graduates stay in long-term stable housing, working and sober. Jasmine Road will be modeled after Thistle Farms successful program which provides:
- “Housing First” before other voluntary supportive services.
- A two-year stay without a financial burden; time for true healing.
- Trauma-informed therapy and medical and dental health services, in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
- Financial literacy and vocational training
- Employment through the Social Enterprise at a living wage to women who face significant barriers to employment due to criminal records and a lack of education.
- Meaningful employment in a healthy environment to help the women find their place as functioning and productive members of society.
- Immersion into a community of positive role models and accountability.
- Unconditional love, the strongest force for change in the world.
82.1 percent of victims in sex trafficking incidents are identified as U.S. citizens.
Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking Unit