||Thistle Farms, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction, and founded by the Rev. Becca Stevens, will host their third national conference, “Been There, Healing That: Sharing Wisdom, Celebrating Stories, Discovering Strategies,” this June in Nashville, TN. The conference has been designed for social workers, ministers, advocates, health practitioners and survivors, as well groups seeking to begin restorative residential programs and social enterprises for women.
“We began our movement for women’s freedom 22 years ago by offering five survivors housing, jobs and community so women had time and space to be the hero of their own story. Ten years ago, in response to over 100 cities wanting to begin similar work, we began sharing what we’ve learned to help other groups,” says Thistle Farms Founder and President, Becca Stevens. “This conference will allow us to strengthen those relationships, assist new communities, and serve more effectively. We will share best practices, rekindle the fire in our bellies, share stories, and then go forth in the radical name of Love.”
Rev. Dr. Alika Galloway, a womanist scholar and expert on African American women health disparities, will keynote on, “We are All Wounded Healers.” Dr. John Cotton Richmond, U.S. Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons, will open the conference. The event will include music from notable Nashville artists and songwriters including Amy Grant, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Suzy Bogguss, Matraca Berg, Levi Hummon and Marcus Hummon.
Breakout sessions will address topics such as long-term residential programs, trauma-informed therapeutic modes, relational fundraising, strategic planning and the launch of a social enterprise. CEU credits are available for professional development.