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. The women learn to live in community as they access other organizations to assist in healing. We believe that the 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.
Lisieux Community is patterned after Thistle Farms in Nashville TN, which has a success rate of about 75% for residents after 2½ years. Thistle Farms formed the model and shared the details so other communities can facilitate lifestyle changes for women in their areas. Following this pattern we will provide physical, dental, mental, and emotional health management, as well as educational and life skills.
Lisieux Community’s residential program empowers women, offering them a chance to grow individually and in community, by:
- Providing a safe, pleasant home environment based on a community living model
- Teaching residents to live honest, sober, self-sufficient lives
- Connecting residents with mental and physical health providers
- Providing educational and vocational opportunities
- Promoting self-understanding through personal and spiritual growth
- Providing life-skills education
- Providing financial skills through training/mentoring so the women can care for themselves after graduation