The Lisieux Community
The mission of the Lisieux Community is to provide support and education for women who have survived trauma, addiction, prostitution, and life on the streets. We believe that these women do not begin a life on the streets on their own, but through the culture in which we live; we want to inspire change to transform the culture itself.
“Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” — National Human Trafficking Hotline
Lisieux Community, a sister organization of Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee, is a 501 (c) (3) corporation. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
We each carry wounds from childhood and, when we confront them and learn to let go of the pain, we have more compassion for others. Some of us received grace in the form of people who loved us and did their best to protect us. We have learned that some children were abused, even sold, rather than protected by the adults in their lives who were responsible for caring for them. Some were teenagers or even adults who lacked skills to protect themselves and were abused by others. We will offer the grace that we received.
We serve those women on the streets who are not yet ready to live in a residential community because their past has taught them not to trust easily. Our goal is to meet their immediate needs, while showing them that other choices are available to them. Though we cannot change anyone else, we can empower women by offering the support and resources they will need when they are ready to choose a different life.
The most important thing we do is love the women we serve right where they are today and then do it again tomorrow and the next day.